Current Hiring Trends for PhDs

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

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

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

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

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

Should I get a PhD if I’m Not Sure I Want an Academic Job?

Here's the thing: a degree is not a career. We get that rude awakening at different stages of our scientific training, but that no matter when you realize this, it can come as something of a shock. You mean my PhD doesn't automatically get me in the running for a great career?  In fact, it

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