Now available for Order – Limited Quantities Available! 

We are excited to introduce our unique Free the PhD Career Teaching Tools. Bring these home for yourself, or integrate them into your institutional career development programming for immersive career exploration and job hunt preparation that engages, challenges, excites, and leads to positive action for PhDs.  Based on real world hiring expertise, tailored for academic use!

There is limited stock per print run, so reserve your decks today!

Job Titles Card Deck

Introduces students and postdocs to the diversity of real job roles in a structured, actionable manner. 

  • Deck of 50 real job titles across government, business, pharma, non-profits, academia and industry. Suitable for both humanities and STEM students & postdocs.
  • 5 Interactive Career Exploration Workshop Exercises (30 – 60 min each,), with Followup Assignments & detailed instructions.
  • Reflection & Action Item Worksheets for networking and job applications.
  • Available for pre-order early bird special for a limited time. (Shipping not included)

Micro-Consulting Cases

Introduces students and postdocs to a hands-on taste of the work experiences that hiring managers are looking for.

  • Deck of 10 real world work scenarios, each with 5 “consultant” role assignments, individual goals and team goals. Both humanities and STEM scenarios available.
  • Detailed Instructions & Followup Assignment worksheets.
  • Reflection & Action Item Worksheets for networking and job applications.
  • Available for pre-order early bird special for a limited time. (Shipping not included)

Interview Prep Card Deck

  • Deck of 50 real world interview questions, including technical, behavioral, curve-ball questions and more.  These cards contain cues to help keep answers focused on what the hiring manager and interview panel really want to know!
  • Detailed Instructions & Followup Assignment worksheets.
  • Reflection & Action Item Worksheets for networking and job applications.
  • Available for pre-order early bird special for a limited time. (Shipping not included)

The Hiring Manager’s Kit

The full graduate career kit inspired by our experience with and as hiring managers.

  • Foundational Strengths Self-Evaluation
    • Suggested Roles Assessment
    • Transferable Skills Key
    • Partner Skills Discovery Exercise
  • Career Card Deck included!
  • Micro-Consulting Cases included!
  • Interview Prep Card Deck included!
    • 50 of the most common interview questions
    • Preparation guide and improvement rubric
    • Includes specific questions academics often get!
  • Available for order with limited stock per print run. (Shipping not included)

Free the PhD card deck teaching tools have been tested in workshop, classroom and group settings – students report feeling engaged, inspired and challenged by the various activities.  Perfect for individual use, student and postdoc retreats, conference symposia sessions, career workshops and integration into career programming.

Gamify your Career Development and Order Your Card Decks Here!

Live Trainings & Workshops for Students, PhDs and Postdocs

Free the PhD would love to visit your campus or institution! 

We work closely with individual students, Graduate Student Councils, Career Development Offices and Academic Departments to host impactful, motivational and actionable workshops and trainings for your talented technical students, PhDs, postdocs and other technical or research trained professionals.

If your trainees or constituents are struggling to find the jobs of their dreams, together we can give them the tools and support they want.

It’s time to help each other build confidence and learn how to best utilize the amazing career opportunities around each of us before it’s too late!

Free the PhD already held successful career workshops, leadership discussions, seminars and talks for the general public, STEM students, and specialty PhDs at institutions like:

              

Sample Free the PhD Graduate or Postdoc Career Transition Workshop Agenda

  1. (30 minutes) Introduction – Freeing the Definition of a PhD.  Address the common fears and misconceptions about what opportunities are available for PhD-trained researchers outside of academia, including “wasting” your degree, and not getting enough intellectual stimulation in a 9-5 job.
  2. (20 minutes) Career Path Matching – Find Your Strengths.  Partner exercise to determine personal strengths, interests and preferences
  3. (30 minutes) Gathering Job Intelligence –  Small group “Career speed-dating” exercise with micro-business prompts to identify roles of interest and missing skillsets.
  4. (20 minutes) Leveraging LinkedIn – Connecting to Learn.  Interactive exercise where participants will evaluate a partner’s LinkedIn profile, and reach out to 5 new connections to seed their network.
  5. (30 minutes) Preparing For A Lifetime of Success – Close with stories of PhD career path results.  Demonstrate 2 take-home career-building exercises (Clear Communication Drills & How to Identify Opportunities).
  6. (10 minutes) Q&A and Networking

The topics and focus can be tailored to your audience – get in touch and let us know what you need!

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