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80+%

of PhDs are in “alternative” careers.

Yet so many PhDs feel lost when they’re ready to leave the bench.

Let’s get you a job.

Vay Cao, Ph.D.
Vay Cao, Ph.D.Founder, Free the PhD.
Welcome! I’m a Ph.D. in neuroscience who made the transition from academic postdoc to business professional at a biotechnology startup. Having seen what it takes to get hired and accelerate professional advancement outside the lab, I am passionate about reaching back to empower more PhDs and scientists to get out into society.

I have been helping aspiring job seekers for over 7 years, from editing job applications, giving career talks for scientists, to an active consultancy in the Professor is In Alt-Ac Consultant Group. Vitally for transitioning scientists, I have work experience in multiple arenas outside of academia, from journalism to stage performance to business, providing important and diverse perspectives that fellow PhDs often lack within the Ivory Tower.

The Ultimate Career Transformation Program for Scientists

From my personal experience, those of countless other PhDs who have transitioned and shared their insights with me, and 50+ of the top job and career books out there, I have created the only time-efficient, self-paced, comprehensively structured job hunt curriculum for transitioning scientists like you.

The Ultimate Career Transformation Program for Scientists not only lays out the surface-level knowledge you need (creating industry resumes, writing cover letters, networking, knowing what to expect during the interview process), but more importantly,

this program transforms your expectations and mindset from that of a pure academic, to ensure you are ready from the inside-out for interviews and career success.  This is the magic ingredient so many scientists don’t get anywhere else.

  • If you want more than superficial job tips or endless webinars, this program is for you.
  • If you feel uncertain about what kinds of jobs you’re qualified for and want a structured way to think about career possibilities, this program is for you.
  • If you’re ready to bypass constant job application rejections, this program is for you.
  • If you are ready to take action to move past depression and bitterness from the job hunt, this program is for you.

No matter what your situation, you must make move to change it.  Let’s get you unstuck, re-energized and motivated to pursue your future.  Check out the program.

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