Inside Higher Ed has a great article on the need to reform the graduate school advising process. We very strongly recommend the quick read to anyone considering a Ph.D. in the liberal arts.
While we have no intention of reproducing the entire article here (click the link above to read it yourself), the gist of the article is that there are not that many tenure track jobs for liberal arts Ph.D. students and they would be wise to consider other career opportunities. It goes on to discuss how students should take responsibility for their own career paths and develop additional career mentor relationships. Finally, the article explains why students often feel the need to hide their non academic career explorations from their primary faculty advisers.
I sincerely feel bad for anyone who does a doctorate in liberal arts. I’ve spoken to so many who either dropped out or finished and wished they did something else. Different story if you pursue STEM, business or econ.