of PhDs are in “alternative” careers.
Yet so many PhDs feel lost when they’re ready to leave the bench.
“Vay is an amazing career coach. She coached me through the interview process as I was transitioning from my doctorate studies to my biotech job. The world of academic research and the world of corporations can be very different and it can be challenging to navigate.
I love having Vay as my supporter. I often share with her my challenges and my accomplishments and it’s very valuable for me to have a coach, who has gone through a similar process, as she can easily relate to my experiences and the emotions that come along with such a journey.
Her advice is always on-point, effective, and best of all, delivered in a kind and gentle way. She is a great listener and helps me identify the core values that matter to me. I highly recommend her to anyone who would like to make the transition from graduate studies/academia to the professional/industry arena.
“After three years of ineffective job-searching, I met Vay Cao, Ph.D., who provided the knowledge and direction to completely overhaul my approach.
I was trapped in a terrible job and was sending resumes out, left and right, but they just seemed to be falling off the face of the earth.
I had a long list of skills, experience and education, but it didn’t seem to matter and I couldn’t figure out why the response was so poor.
Vay helped me construct a resume that was more attractive to employers, and explained WHY my applications never seemed to be reaching human reviewers; under her guidance, I finally managed to secure a challenging, satisfying new position with a significantly better salary and work-life balance.
It was amazing to see how seemingly-small, targeted changes made a tremendous difference in employer response, and this is the kind of information that only an expert can provide.
Vay was always interested and invested in my success, and it was a genuine pleasure to work with her. I fully recommend her services to anyone who feels lost in their job search, or just needs to update their applicant profile to get an edge.”
(-STEM Ph.D. who was stuck after transitioning into a disappointing first job out of academia, and past user of Cheeky Scientist)