Pathways for PhDs

The Pathways for PhDs Speaker Series invites PhDs back to share what they’ve learned as they made their way to their current positions.

We invite current students, faculty, staff, and the general public to connect with McGill grads through our Zoom panel discussions.


Faculty of Agricultural and

Environmental Studies

October 20th, 4-5pm

Zoom Panel Discussion

Where do PhD graduates from the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences go after graduation? While some start careers in academia, others work in a range of careers within and beyond the university. Come to this round table to hear stories from PhD grads and ask questions about how they made the transition, what they learned along the way, and what their day-to-day work is like. This session is hosted by the MCGSS and panelists include: Frieda Beauregard (Herbarium Curator and Instructor), Sooyoun Seo (R&D Manager), and Derek Wray (R&D Manager)

Events take place via Zoom and are open to all. Register to obtain the link.


Faculty of Arts

October 9th, 4-5pm

Zoom Panel Discussion

Where do Arts PhD graduates go after graduation? While some start careers in academia, the TRaCE project reveals that many Arts PhD grads find fulfilling careers in higher education outside the academic track. Come to this round table to hear stories from McGill Arts PhD grads Danielle Barkley (Career Educator) and Matthew Wyman-McCarthy (Research Facilitator) about how they made the transition, what they learned along the way, and what their day-to-day work is like.

Events take place via Zoom and are open to all.


How can PhDs prepare for their professional future?

PhDs students are innovators who spend years developing original contributions to their chosen fields. Yet when it comes to career paths, it’s common to hear PhD grads’ options reduced to “Academia” or “Non-academia”.

TRaCE McGill data (based on 5000+ PhDs who graduated between 2008-2018) demonstrates that PhDs find themselves in a wide range of careers. While many stay in the academic sector, the majority are not working as tenure-track professors.

The interviews we’ve gathered highlight that PhD grads find success and personal satisfaction in their work outside of academia, but many report having to make their own path, without much in the way of guidance or advice. Our Pathways for PhDs speaker series brings McGill PhD graduates back to share their expertise about the career paths that exist for PhDs, and how to travel forward on those and other possible career pathways.