Freed PhD Career Transitions – Communications PhD to Hollywood Writer, Director & Producer

By |2019-05-08T06:34:44+00:00May 8th, 2019|

Dr. Annika Hylmö did not start her educational path in Communications specifically to do a PhD, but her desire to continue learning and satisfy her intellectual curiosity drove her to pursue her Ph.D. in Communications from Purdue University. Her expertise in storytelling and connecting with people informed her dissertation work, revolving around a very salient [...]

Current Hiring Trends for PhDs

By |2018-10-04T00:38:41+00:00October 4th, 2018|

While many people pursue a PhD to expand their knowledge and critical thinking skills, it is usually assumed that a person can have any job that they want with those three magical letters after their name. But once the time comes, the task of finding a job can be daunting. Since jobs in academia are [...]

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

By |2018-02-17T08:37:51+00:00October 9th, 2017|

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 [...]

PhDs’ Greatest Weakness: Not Networking

By |2017-08-20T20:13:09+00:00August 20th, 2017|

Ah, networking for PhDs.  One of those love-to-hate-it topics. When you were attending a conference, how much time did you spend talking to people who approached you? How much talking to new people that you initiated conversations with? For the average person from academia, we spend about 90% of the time talking to old friends, [...]

Why do some people hate their PhD?

By |2018-03-09T17:25:49+00:00February 18th, 2017|

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

By |2017-08-08T16:52:25+00:00February 15th, 2017|

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 [...]