Cultivating Complementary Skills

If you think about it, grad school is the perfect time to open your eyes to all the possibilities a Ph.D. can lead to.

Such additional preparation doesn’t take away from the rigour of historical training. Rather, it’s useful to think in terms of complementary skills: exposure to non-scholarly skills can help in academia, while the skills you possess as a Ph.D. can be leveraged in non-academic settings.

The point is not to undo the current content of the PhD, but to 1) normalise non-academic pathways, 2) prepare students for the possibility of such careers, and 3) provide doctoral candidates with professional development that reflects the current and future shape of the field – a landscape that includes digital methodologies, diversified scholarly communication, and advocating for the discipline’s continued relevance.