What Do We Know About Ph.D. Scientists' Career Paths?
    September 30, 2019

    For institutions ostensibly in the business of amassing knowledge, universities know remarkably little about what happens to their Ph.D. alumni once they leave graduate school. In an effort to fill that gap and help universities improve the career services they provide, the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), through its PhD Career Pathways project, has been asking STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and humanities Ph.D.s who are 3, 8, and 15 years past their degrees about their work lives.


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