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

By |2017-08-08T16:52:16+00:00February 17th, 2017|

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 [...]

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

By |2017-08-08T16:52:34+00:00February 14th, 2017|

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, [...]

How to fix the PhD unemployment problem?

By |2017-08-08T16:55:15+00:00October 11th, 2015|

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 [...]