The landscape of post-PhD employment is shifting and we need to better understand career pathways of PhD graduates and how well PhD programs are preparing graduates for the labour markets they are entering. However, outcomes data remain scarce.
To address this, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) has been collaborating with the Office of Planning and Institutional Analysis (PIA) to survey recent graduates from McGill’s PhD programs with respect to their graduation outcomes. The Report draws on data from two iterations of McGill’s Tracking Survey of PhD Graduation Outcomes (2013 and 2014), which each reached out to two cohorts of PhD graduates (2 years and 5 years after graduation). The data are still small, but they are a start.
We will continue to administer this survey annually and will develop a larger pool of data from our PhD graduates, which can inform program designs and professional skill development opportunities.