Graduate students who plan to become college professors should have backup plans, suggests Nate Kreuter, an assistant professor of English at Western Carolina University. With the number of tenure-track jobs dwindling, Kreuter in this commentary suggests grad students imagine how their skills can be applied to other job prospects. "One way to develop non-academic career options might be to consider what interests you have outside of your academic research, or that your research abilities might be able to complement, and to connect with organizations dedicated to those interests," Kreuter writes.

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