How much time should I spend on marketable skills, networking, and writing job applications?

This is a great question. The job hunt is, for the average PhD, as much of a mini marathon as your PhD was, so you want to prepare and plan well: Developing marketable skills (45%) - this doesn't just have to be learning a hard skill, though this is of course valuable. This can also be

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Does your university’s ranking affect your post-PhD job prospects outside academia?

This is an easy one.  Your program's ranking certainly can have an effect, but it doesn't necessarily spell INSTANT JOB.  It also doesn't necessarily spell INSTANT REJECT. It all depends on the post-PhD job you're applying for.  The more closely and tangibly your skillsets and experience are a fit for the job you're applying for,

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Should I continue to pursue my PhD? I need help.

A quora user who had went to the trouble of applying for PhD programs realized upon visiting the campuses that they actually may not want to pursue research as a career anymore. Although they had thought they wanted to be a professor, actually talking to the graduate students put new doubts in their mind.  They wondered if

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How to fix the PhD unemployment problem?

A quora user asked if government funding would help the PhD employment situation, citing the belief that PhDs hate industry jobs and consider them a failure.  The asker wondered why complex jobs that are not easily automated are not being handled by people such as those with PhDs. PhDs don’t hate industry or “alternative” jobs. Many

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