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, [...]

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 [...]

Wrong Ways to Ask for Job Referrals And Why – Examples and How They Failed

By |2017-08-08T16:55:29+00:00October 11th, 2015|

Wrong Ways to Ask for Job Referrals – And Why! While I’m not in my company’s HR department, we’re small enough that personal referrals do make a difference. Individuals  can indeed advance applications to the right person, because employees are more likely to work directly with many upper management-level personnel in small companies. Since I’ve started, I’ve gotten [...]