Freed PhD Career Transitions – Chemistry PhD to Biotech Talent Consultant & Entrepreneur

Beau Wangtrakuldee, Ph.D. Senior Associate, Biotechnology Practice at Korn Ferry Beau Wangtrakuldee, Ph.D., is a Senior Associate at Korn Ferry, a global management consulting and executive recruiting firm.  She took on an admirable number of internships and explored many career opportunities in her PhD and postdoc, before tackling a pile of consulting job interviews and landing

Freed PhD Career Transitions – Zoology PhD to Senior Consultant

Wendy E. Roberts, Ph.D. Senior Consultant at Cardno Wendy E. Roberts, Ph.D., is a Senior Consultant at Cardno.  She has over 15 years of professional experience as an ecologist, studying a diverse range of biological resource issues and managing many different projects in the United States and abroad for various industries. How did she take her

Freed PhD Career Transitions – Neuroscience PhD to Senior Journal Editor

Sian Lewis, Ph.D. Senior Editor at Nature Reviews Neuroscience Sian Lewis, Ph.D., is a Senior Editor at Nature Reviews Neuroscience. She has spent the past 20 years of her professional career helping scientists communicate their research findings, coordinating the publication of scientific results, and highlighting scientific paradigm shifts in the field. How did she make

Freed PhD Career Transitions – Neuroscience PhD to Executive Recruiter

Laura Mariani, Ph.D. Associate @ Isaacson, Miller From crustacean neurons to a PhD and a new career!  Laura is using her knowledge and experience gained from her PhD in neuroscience to help staff the next generations of leadership in institutions of higher education, directly impacting the future of education and beyond. Starting the PhD Some people have

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

Freed PhD Career Transitions – Neuroscience PhD to Software Engineer

Tim Bellay, Ph.D. Software & Prototype Engineer @ Mile IQ A cross country move.  Learning entirely new skillsets.  Going from neuroscience benchwork to app prototyping - Tim found an exciting new career in the tech world after completing his PhD in neuroscience. Starting the PhD Tim started out on his research journey with the goal of

Eating Scientific Impact – The Food Lab

  Now I don’t know about you, but I LOVE food! And when it comes to food, I’m always thinking about: The chemistry of heating and cooling carbohydrates and fats and proteins. The engineering principles behind the crunch and snap of cellular walls in my fresh veggies. The fluid dynamics of my egg ooze, or

Where’s the Road Ahead? It’s Beneath Your Feet.

Where’s the Road Ahead? It’s Beneath Your Feet. One of the most touching emails I ever got from my father, a successful tenured professor and excellent mentor with worldwide recognition and important contributions in his field, was something I wasn’t expecting to hear from him at the time, locked as I was inside my own academic and obviously incorrect

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The Lab Notebook Comic – Scope Creep

What's really going on in an interviewer's head? When you're being asked a question during an interview, you're usually not actually answering that exact question being asked.  You're actually answering the subtext of the question - the question behind the question - and your answer is being compared with the internal concerns of the interviewer.