Reinhart Reithmeier was a member of an Expert Panel convened by the Council of Canadian Academies on “The Labour Market Transition of PhD Graduates”.  The key findings include:

  • PhD graduates bring valued skills to a wide range of sectors, although these skills are often not fully recognized outside academia
  • The number of PhD graduates in Canada is increasing, yet lags behind other OECD countries who have more robust R&D investment
  • PhD graduates face a period of precarious employment as Post-docs, Sessional Lecturers and contract employees
  • The challenges faced by PhD graduates have implications for wellness and vary across academic disciplines and by gender
  • Canada’s PhD graduates are (and sometimes must be) globally mobile
  • Academic culture must change and modernize to support diverse career paths

Degrees ofSuccess – Council of Canadian Academies