Cell & Developmental Biology PhD to Entrepreneur – Stephanie Guzik Lendrum, Ph.D.

By |2020-05-14T00:31:16+00:00May 7th, 2020|

What happens when the totally unexpected happens? How do you pick yourself up from a change in the world you didn't see coming?  In today's challenging world, Dr. Stephanie Guzik Lendrum's story of resilience and determination to take a risk and run with an idea is one we can and should take inspiration from. Let's [...]

Bioengineering PhD to Medical Devices Scheme Manager – Danielle Minteer, Ph.D., PMP

By |2020-04-24T22:42:51+00:00April 24th, 2020|

By Jillian Weeks Doctoral Candidate, Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh Danielle Minteer, Ph.D., PMP, is a Medical Devices Scheme Manager for BSI, a major business standards company. I’m fortunate enough to know Danielle through our overlapping time in a student consulting group, and we’ve stayed in touch as she’s continued to build [...]

Bioengineering PhD to Marketing Program Manager (Part 2) – Elizabeth Schneider, Ph.D.

By |2020-01-30T06:17:50+00:00January 31st, 2020|

Territory Account Manager to Marketing Program Manager: Career Transition Part 2 - Elizabeth Schneider, Ph.D. The journey through a professional career can take us on interesting new paths. For PhDs who wish to leave the academic career ladder, you might be anxious about what happens after you start your first job.  What is it like [...]

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 [...]

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?

By |2018-02-17T08:39:57+00:00February 17th, 2018|

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 |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 [...]

Breaking Up with Academia

By |2018-02-20T06:17:05+00:00August 7th, 2017|

It takes time to change your mindset. If you're a PhD grad student or postdoc, and this is the first time you're really thinking hard about a future that doesn’t involve an academic career, you're not going to rewrite your dreams tomorrow. You won’t get past all of your concerns in a week. It was probably [...]

What’s the timeline for shifting from academia to industry?

By |2017-08-08T16:51:47+00:00April 2nd, 2017|

What should you be thinking about, depending on what stage of your research training that you're in?  Let's take a look! Best Case Scenario Early in your PhD career, yrs 2–4 Get to know, or explore some organizations or groups doing something you find interesting (non research related) and contribute in a tangible way.  If [...]