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7 Ways PhD Students And Academics Can Deal With Stress, Anxiety And Depression

If you get depressed or anxious as a graduate student or postdoc, don’t be ashamed.

Getting a PhD and working at the bench is very hard. It requires a high-level of intelligence backed by even more tenacity. If you don’t keep your mindset in check, these things can spin out of control. Remember to take care of yourself and your mind by opening up about your problems, challenging limiting beliefs, celebrating your wins, and going your own way. Do this and you’ll be in a much better place mentally and emotionally. Your career will be in a much better place too. Here’s how to do it.

5 Reasons To Ditch Academia Forever This Summer

Academia is broken. The time to transition out of it is now.

The academic career track is now a dead end career track. Hiding from truth will not protect you from this future. The only way to protect yourself is to take steps to change your situation right now. If you don’t take action, you will be one of the tens of thousands of poor, unhappy postdocs who are piling up all over the world. But the biggest reasons to transition out of academia are not in the numbers, they’re in the day-to-day lifestyle that PhDs have to endure. Ignoring these facts will not make them go away. Here are the 5 biggest reasons to leave academia now.

The Top 6 Most Difficult R&D Interview Questions Every PhD Should Know

Why are you a good scientist?

Are you an ethical scientist? What could you bring to other companies? Imagine getting these questions in rapid fire succession at the very beginning on an industry interview. How would you answer them? By challenging yourself to think about how you would respond to these and other tough interview questions, you will put yourself ahead of the majority of PhD job candidates who are just winging it and hoping for the best. Here are 6 tough interview questions you should know.

8 Networking Tips For PhDs To Advance Their Careers

By focusing on how to network in today’s economy and academic environment, you can put yourself ahead of the competition and get the industry position of your choice. The key is being strategic in your job search, following up properly, and surrounding yourself with the right people. Developing your interpersonal skills will be vital to your success and will become much more important than your technical skills. Follow these 8 critical networking tips for advancing your career as a PhD.

How Following Up Can Get You The PhD Job Of Your Dreams

Learning to follow up properly is the most important thing PhDs can do to get an industry job faster. Instead of showing up to networking events without a plan, start creating specific goals for each event and following up with the people you meet afterwards. Instead of leaving an interview and waiting weeks to hear back, start sending thank you emails the very same day and personal letters the next day. Here are other follow up strategies you should be using.

The Cheeky Scientist Association completely changed my career and life. Before joining the Association, I was doing a postdoc face-to-face with a dead end. There was no future for me in academia and I had no idea how to do anything else. I knew there were non-academic jobs in the world but I didn’t know how to find them, let alone how apply to them or get hired. I tried doing things on my own for a long time but kept coming up short. I was too busy and too stressed. This all changed when I joined the Association. I couldn’t believe how much value I received from the program right away. The bimonthly webinars were incredible. The resume and CV training modules made an unbelievable difference. I went from being ignored to having hiring managers and recruiters reaching out to me. Yes, reaching out to me! The best part was the Association’s group was there supporting me every step of the way. I have never, ever seen such a positive group of PhDs together in one place all willing to help each other. Whenever I had a question, it would get answered by 10 people who knew what they were talking about the very same day. As a result of joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I got called into interviews with companies like Roche and Estée Lauder and ended up having my pick of jobs! Now, I’m a Senior Scientist at Estée Lauder Companies. I couldn’t be happier. If you’re considering a job in industry, join the Association now.

Nikolett Biel
Nikolett Biel, Ph.D.

At the beginning of my graduate studies I already knew that I did not want to stay in academia. I was always drawn to industry because I felt like that’s where I could have the most impact in patient’s lives. When it came time to make the transition I was lost, clueless and frustrated with the lack of responses to submitted resumes. I have followed blogs from the Cheeky Scientist for quite some time and have always found them useful and empowering. I decided to join the Cheeky Scientist Association when I hit a very frustrating low point in my job search and it was the best decision I could have made both personally and professionally! I took every step of the transition plan very seriously and within 2 weeks I have gained tremendous knowledge on resume building, interviewing, contacting hiring managers, successfully reaching out to strangers on LinkedIn and gained fantastic self confidence. The Association’s private group has been the most amazing group I’ve ever had the pleasure of belonging to; the amount of support and help between associates is fantastic! I recently landed my dream job at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. as a Drug Evaluation Research Scientist and I know it would not have been possible without the Association! If you are interested in a career in industry, joining the Association is a must! Do not waste anymore time!

Karin Weigelt
Karin Weigelt, Ph.D.

Prior to joining the Association, I was a post-doc and working in a lab just like I had been for the last several years. Though I love science I realized that academia was not for me. Since budgets are cut more and more a lot of labs turn into an environment full of fear and jealousy where publications are “produced” under high pressure which has nothing to do with the innovative cool science I would have wanted to be doing. I wanted to move on and do something new but at first I felt stuck and felt like I didn’t have any job options or good connections. I realized I needed to change strategies and joined the Association. Since becoming an Cheeky Scientist Associate, I’ve been on several interviews and have had numerous recruiters contact me. I recently got the industry job of my dreams and I’m still having recruiters contact me. The Cheeky Scientist Association continues to keep me one step ahead in my industry career. I really enjoy interacting with the private online groups and know that I can ask questions and get support whenever I need it. The Association is a great resource for any postdoc, PhD, or Phd student.


Roberto Magliozzi, Ph.D.

Like a lot of postdocs, I was interested in transitioning into industry but didnt know where to start. I had no idea how to network or how to interview. I kept thinking that things would eventually figure themselves out on their own but they never did. I just kept doing the same thing over and over again. I finally decided to stop fooling myself and get the help I needed. I decided to join the Cheeky Scientist Association. The Cheeky Scientist Association is your real mentor for finding a job outside academia…the one that you never had during your PhD! I was immediately impressed with the program. It gave me everything I needed to succeed. The program was so encouraging that I found myself taking action to build my network and apply to positions right away. The Association showed me where and how to start. It showed me how to write the perfect industry resume and how the perfect LinkedIn profile for getting an industry job. First and foremost, the program was designed by scientists and academics like me, meaning they”ve encountered and studied the same issues as me. They knew exactly what I was up against and exactly how I could succeed to get the industry job I wanted.

Michelle Cronin, Ph.D.
Michelle Cronin, Ph.D.

“I really enjoyed my Ph.D. years so I decided that the logical next step was to accept a postdoc position. I figured it would take a few years and then I would move on to academia and eventually have my own lab. Due to a very challenging project, my postdoc was quite lengthy and to make matters worse the paper I was working on got scooped! I could tell that academia was not going to provide me the kind of life I envisioned. It was clearly time for me to move on but I was stuck…HOW do I move on without academia? I heard about the Cheeky Scientist Association but decided to wait to join. I guess I thought things might eventually get better. Nothing got better. Things just stayed in limbo. I finally joined the Cheeky Scientist Association and was impressed with how much support there was right away. The Association trained me in everything I needed to get an industry job, including resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn, networking, contract negotiation—everything. All the Core Training Program webinars and Transition Plan and Industry Insider documents were amazing. Beyond that—the group is phenomenal! You post a question and within 5 minutes you get an answer. You literally get answers to every question you have within minutes. The Cheeky Scientist Association turned into my biggest strength and as a result I was better prepared to lab a job in industry. Don’t wait to join the Association like I did. Things are not going to get any better in academia. Join the Association now!”