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Council of Graduate Schools

Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers

Preparing the next generation of innovators and experts in a wide range of fields is essential to our nation's economic success. The need to develop a highly skilled workforce was addressed in the 2010 landmark report The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the United States. That report posited that the nation's future prosperity and ability to compete in the global marketplace depends on producing graduate degree holders prepared to address the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

One critical unmet gap the report identified was the need to better understand how students transition from graduate schools to the world of professional occupations. Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers meets that need by tackling these pressing questions:

  • How effectively are graduate schools and employers working together to ensure a smooth transition from graduate school to career for students?
  • What knowledge do students have about career pathways and the programs that lead to careers in today's global economy?
  • What skills do employers expect of graduate degree holders?
  • How do we best support the preparation of a highly skilled workforce to pursue careers in these fields?

The report provides greater insight into current pathways through graduate school and into careers and identifies opportunities to forge new pathways that benefit students, universities, employers and the U.S. economy.

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