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Why A Postdoctoral Researcher Position Pays Less Than A Librarian Salary

Postdocs are not valuable in academia.

It’s simple economics. The supply of postdocs in academia far exceeds the demand for them. This makes postdocs essentially worthless in academia. The data don’t lie. Postdocs make less than librarians, mail carriers, and garbage collectors. This means that if you’re an academic postdoc, professionally you are worth less than librarians, mail carriers, and garbage collectors. The end. This can’t be denied. The good news is that in industry you are worth much more. The only way to escape a dead end postdoc is to develop an intelligent job search strategy. But before you do this, you need to drop your poor academic mindset. You need to change your perspective and change what you value. Here are 3 stories of people who did changed their perspectives, took action, and got the industry positions they wanted.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (August 2, 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 *15+ Coffee Chats Later At Apple: Building Relationships Matters* – Tai Tran Networking *TOP* 15+ Coffee Chats Later At Apple: Building Relationships Matters – Tai Tran How To Write The Perfect Networking Follow-Up Email…

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.

I was looking for an industry job for over a year without any luck. Now, I’m a Medical Science Liaison for a top pharmaceutical company. What happened? I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association. After joining, I was really impressed with quality of the private group. The amount of support and high-level insights were invaluable to me. I was able to have in depth conversations with other Associates, learning from the resumes they shared and the networking and interviewing experiences they had. I also got to attend live webinars and workshops with top MSLs and other industry professionals. After making a few key changes to my own resume, interview presentation style, and networking strategy, I was suddenly hired. It all happened very quickly after I got my strategy in place. I couldn’t be happier now. I’m finally have the career and life I’ve always wanted.

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 patients’ 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 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 any more time!

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.

Karin Weigelt, Ph.D
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 a 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.

 

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 to 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.

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