Being ‘fit for purpose’ in the modern knowledge economy

Furaha and I have written a commentary on how PhD graduates fit into the ‘modern knowledge economy’. It’s harsh out there, but there’s so much students, supervisors, and institutions can do to carve out that niche! Thanks to Kay for inspiring us; a true ally to us wayward PhD’s.

PhD Life

“This is not your supervisor’s market”, asserted Donna Yeats in one of our recent posts. But what kind of market is it then, and how can PhD graduates find their place in it?  Furaha and Billy reflect on the changing landscape of modern knowledge economy.

Getting onto a PhD programme isn’t like it used to be. Once upon a time, you had to be a member of the affluent social elite, or incredibly clever, to have a chance of wearing that floppy hat and gown on graduation day. That’s not all it got you:a PhD was your guaranteed entry ticket into an academic job, that’s why people undertook them in the first place. The career pathway was linear and simple.

Times have changed

The PhD student population is now more evenly scattered. Now, students from more diverse socio-economic backgrounds are studying for their doctorates. The typical PhD student now closely fits into at least…

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