Should I quit my prestigious PhD program if I no longer want to be an academic? Should I leave with a Master’s?

If you're close to finishing your project, don't have impending health, relationship or financial issues putting a timeline on your PhD, you may want to weigh the opportunity to stay for the degree while spending some time outside the lab amassing other skills that will launch you in a new direction upon graduation, with quitting


What is the biggest piece of advice you would give to young scientists to increase their chances of getting a job in today’s job market?

There is only one universal answer: Plan seriously for your Plan B. It’s as simple as that. Not planning for the (very likely chance) that you may not end up with a faculty track career in academia today is like buying a home by a lake that is known to flood more and more every


“I’m a Scientist”: Advice on Changing Careers

By Laura Mariani, Ph.D. Dr. Mariani moved from mice and brains in the lab to identifying the next generation of academic and institutional leaders. Check out one of our very own Advisor's career transition wisdom from the real world. ======================== “I’m a scientist.” It’s a title that packs a punch. In summer blockbusters, there’s guaranteed


Why do some people hate their PhD?

The disappointment or avoidance of talking about one's graduate research experience can be disheartening for advocates of science, or budding scientists.  Why are some people so unhappy about their decision to do high-level scientific research? If we examine the reasons, it should not seem like a mystery: The people. Like any job, your experience in a


How much time should I spend on marketable skills, networking, and writing job applications?

This is a great question. The job hunt is, for the average PhD, as much of a mini marathon as your PhD was, so you want to prepare and plan well: Developing marketable skills (45%) - this doesn't just have to be learning a hard skill, though this is of course valuable. This can also be


How can I position myself for working in biotech or startups while in the lab?

As someone who entered a biotechnology startup out of grad school and have coached and interviewed PhDs for different positions within and outside startups, it's clear to me that scientists can thrive in the breakneck, uncertain environment of startup companies. Since science can be frustrating, ambiguous and in need of independent thinking and execution, academic