Resources for Exploring “Alt-Ac” Careers

Check out these organizations, people, institutions and other resources for graduate students and academics looking to leave academia! This page will be regularly updated with websites and Twitter handles.

Anne Krook: Anne Krook is a PhD and former professor who now works at She offers consulting services to graduate students and PhDs. Check out her page here and follow her on Twitter @akrook.

Versatile PhD: This “online community” is a great resource for uncovering career paths outside of academia, consulting more experienced “alt-ac” professionals, and partaking in an active community of degreed individuals who work outside of the university. Check out their webpage here, where you can register for more information, and follow Versatile PhD on Twitter @VersatilePhD.

From PhD to Life: Jennifer Polk is a PhD, life coach, and consultant for academics and graduate students looking to leave academia and who need help getting their ducks in a row to make the transition. You can visit Jennifer’s website and resource list here and follow her on Twitter @FromPhDtoLife

Beyond Academe: Alexandra M. Lord’s fantastic blog geared towards the historian wanting or needing to leave academe provides tons of information about the reasons people leave academia, what kinds of positions are opened up to them upon leaving, and profiles of historians who have found successful careers outside of the academy. Visit her website by clicking here.

American Historical Association: Read about what’s up with professional historians. You can follow Jim Grossman on Twitter @JimGrossmanAHA to keep up-to-date with the AHA’s thoughts and positions on alternative academic jobs. Website here.

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