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 [...]

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 [...]

The Lab Notebook Comic – Science vs Science Writing

By |2017-08-08T16:53:02+00:00September 10th, 2016|

Here are some of my favorite observations about the realities of science and science writing! Science Writing Science Meaning De-jargonized Best stories are right in front of you Sometimes negative results are positive results Learn to make anything sound important and you are set for life Counterintuitive news gets the most attention Counterintuitive results get [...]