Sarah Melton is a Product Education Strategist at Sprout Social, where she creates educational content and training materials. She previously worked in academic libraries and digital scholarship centers. Most recently as the former Head of Digital Scholarship at Boston College, Sarah led a group that teaches technical topics to learners of all levels. Her team facilitated data-driven research, digital project creation, and digital publishing. Sarah received her Ph.D. from Emory University in 2017.
For many graduate students, both academic and non-academic careers are possibilities, which can differ greatly. Those graduate students who decide to pursue an academic career often work within an academic department or function at an institution, such as a professor, librarian, or administrator. Graduate students who work in a non-academic career might work as a consultant, within an industry, or in a variety of other functions. The choice for a graduate student to decide between an academic and non-academic career is often personal and difficult. While academic and non-academic careers both have tradeoffs, starting a career in one pathway does not mean an individual cannot transfer to a different pathway later in their career.
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