Almost every day, I waver back and forth between pursuing a faculty position and pursuing a non-academic position (e.g., Student Affairs, Instructional Design, Non-Profit Organization). It doesn't help that I'm in the middle of coding over 10,000 lines of data for my dissertation and the realization that this is only my first "pass" through the data (e.g., I will be combing through it multiple times) often sends me in search of job postings outside of academia.
So, when I read the article, "Having 'The Talk'," I was surprised to learn how advisors may react negatively if you tell them that you are pursuing a non-academic position. I thought this was a graduate school myth. However, the article brings up some important points to consider. While there is nothing wrong with pursuing a position outside of academia, I think this article is a helpful read for understanding the faculty advisor's point of view. The article also reminds you to think about whether your faculty advisor will be a good job reference if they respond negatively to you pursuing an alternative career path.
If you plan on pursuing a non-academic job or if the thought has ever crossed your mind, take a few moments and browse through the article: http://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2013/04/01/essay-telling-your-dissertation-chair-you-may-not-want-go-academe