Learning the Lingo Beyond Academia

In the first few weeks/months of a grad program, you’re inundated with new concepts and vocabulary – what discipline-specific language should you know? What research tools will you be using? What are some respected journals in this field?

If you’re considering a career outside of academe, you may run into unfamiliar language, but fear not! This, too, is something you can learn. Here are a few examples:

Academic-eseBusiness-ese
interdisciplinarycross-functional
town hallall-hands meeting
seminarprofessional development

Christopher Caterine offers advice for improving communication skills while looking beyond the academy. https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2022/01/04/importance-learning-lingo-jobs-outside-academe-opinion

To put a finer point on it, being understood is the only objective that truly matters when you are trying to apply your Ph.D. outside the lab or library. 

By Laura Coutts (she/her)
Laura Coutts (she/her) Assistant Director, Career Services