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How To Stop Academia From Turning You Into A Weak Minded PhD

Too many PhDs and PhD students become mentally weak in academia.

These highly intelligent individuals get caught in the vicious circle of accepting less than they’re worth and feeling entitled to something better. Academia can either be a launching pad for your personal and professional growth, or a breeding ground for negativity, isolation, and despair. Ultimately, it’s your call. You must decide what you will tolerate in academia and what you will not tolerate. What will your boundaries be? What will you accept for yourself? What are you doing to improve your situation? How you answer these questions will determine whether or not you become mentally weak in academia. Here are 5 keys to staying mentally tough and using academia as a launching pad for your professional success.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (July 26, 2015)

Every week we scour the Internet to find the best industry transition articles for PhDs, so you don’t have to. We have two consultants independently search for the most informative articles on networking, CVs/resumes, transferable skills, interviews, academic blues, and industry positions. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and for a top overall article each week. This week’s best articles are… Top Overall *You Have 6 Seconds To Grab A Recruiter’s Attention — Here’s How To Do It* – Lily Zhang Networking *TOP* How Women Can Succeed In Networking Authentically – Henna Inam Networking Necessities, Niceties,…

9 Ways To Manage And Overcome Academic Stress And Transition Into Industry

Things may be depressing in academia, but you don’t have to be depressed.

Academia is no longer able to provide PhDs with jobs, funding, or even support. But there are many things you can do to avoid academic stress. You can make a decision to stop giving everything to a system that has nothing to offer you in return. You can decide to leave this broken system and transition into a non-academic career. This decision alone can make you feel better. At the same time, you can work to develop a kind of immune system against the doom and gloom in academia. The only way to develop this immune system is to set up some new positive habits for yourself. Here are 9 habits that will help you overcome academic stress.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (July 19, 2015)

Every week we scour the Internet to find the best industry transition articles for PhDs, so you don’t have to. We have two consultants independently search for the most informative articles on networking, CVs/resumes, transferable skills, interviews, academic blues, and industry positions. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and for a top overall article each week. This week’s best articles are here.

Why PhDs Shouldn’t Overlook A Career With A Nonprofit Organization

The majority of PhD students and postdocs do not consider nonprofit work an option for them.

They believe that doing nonprofit work means you don’t make any money. As if doing meaningful work and being paid well for it is impossible. Or, they believe that nonprofit work is not significant. As if the phrase “nonprofit” means not-good-enough or not-important or less-than. The truth is the nonprofit sector is very powerful and full of great job opportunities. If you’re a PhD who wants to have a bigger impact on the world, consider pursuing a career in the nonprofit industry. Nonprofits are in need of talented PhDs with advanced knowledge and skills who can think critically, devise new ideas, and apply their expertise to solve big problems. Many of these nonprofit organizations value research and see such work as necessary to advance their mission. Here are 4 tips for getting a nonprofit job in industry.

The Cheeky Scientist Association took me from being very unsure on how to approach my job search to getting a industry position above the one I interviewed for and a correspondingly much bigger salary package. Trust me, the program is worth every penny. The Association takes you through the broad strokes of networking and designing a job search strategy to concrete practical tips like inserting the right result in the right place on your resume and saying “any reasonable offer will be considered” when asked how much you expect to earn during an interview. The resume workshop in particular was a game-changer. The only people that shouldn’t join this programs are PhDs who want to keep procrastinating and making excuses for why they are still stuck in academia.

Selvi Ramasamy
Selvi Ramasamy, Ph.D.

After my long academic postdoc, I wanted to transition into industry research, but did not know what type of resume format to use or which skills to highlight. I also knew nothing about how to network. This is why I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association. The webinars on resume writing, LinkedIn strategies, interviewing, and networking were really good and very useful. Most of all, I loved being part of the Cheeky Scientist Association’s private group, where you can discuss with other Associates who just gave interviews for industry positions and who just got hired. The Association is the only place where PhDs can get proven advice and genuine encouragement for moving forward their careers forward.

Jaka Cemazar, Ph.D
Jaka Cemazar, Ph.D.

Before enrolling in the Cheeky Scientist Association, I knew that I want to work in industry, but I had no idea how to find a job. I was a postdoc with no experience and no plan. The focus of the Cheeky Scientist Association was impressive and I found the step by step instructions on how to identify the right position for each person and then how to reach it very useful. I’m much more confident in my ability to land the position I want now. I also learned that connections are essential and networking is an ongoing process, which has helped me move forward.

Karine Pozo, Ph.D
Karine Pozo, Ph.D.

I was feeling lost. I didn’t know how to take my career to the next level despite my PhD, and decided to try the Cheeky Scientist Association. I was landing interviews, but they never went anywhere and I had no idea about networking in general. It wasn’t until I began to work through the modules in the Cheeky Scientist Association that I realized just how essential it is to have contacts in the industry. For me, learning to network online was the best part of the course and it helped me reach out to those who were interviewing and make a better impression. The Association is amazing and definitely something every postdoc should consider joining. You learn how to redo your CV and set up online networking and other essential tasks. One of the biggest benefits, however, was the group of fellow course members who were able to interact with me.

Natasha Wadlington
Natasha Wadlington, Ph.D.

As a postdoc, I knew I wanted to make the transition to industry, but didn’t know exactly how to go about it. My network skills were lacking and I wasn’t sure where to even start looking for positions. The Cheeky Scientist Association showed me that I’m not alone in looking for a position outside of academia. I learned to communicate and network better, even as an introvert, in order to make the valuable connections that will help me move forward.

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