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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]