Research trainees and employees – graduate students, postdocs and academic research professionals – power scientific innovation. They are doers, thinkers, teachers, hackers, and dreamers, producing both incremental steps and quantum leaps that fuel discoveries big and small in diverse fields of study all around the world.
Although the vast majority of PhDs end up in “alternative” jobs, it remains a challenging transition. Many talented researchers struggle to navigate the job market with little preparation or support.
It’s confusing sifting through job postings, not sure what jobs are out there, and what’s right for you. It’s frustrating hunting through pages of blogs, hours of webinars, and countless books when what you’re searching for is the basic set of protocols and background literature to begin your job hunt. The job hunt gets depressing and desperate when hundreds of applications go unnoticed, or interviews never seem to result in an offer.
Adding to the logistical challenges are the many psychological barriers between scientists and society. These remain unspoken and unaddressed within many traditional graduate training and resources, leaving ambitious scientists siloed with a singular mindset. This negatively impacts our ability to open our perspectives and flex into new professions and industries.
It’s time to make the change we want to see.