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6 Networking Event Tips For Quiet Introvert PhDs (Like Me)

If you feel out of place at noisy, crowded networking events, you’re not alone.

Studies show that that introverts make up one-third to half of the population.
Once you realize you’re not alone in your fear or discomfort of networking, things will start getting better. Those other smiling faces at the networking events you’ve been attending are uncomfortable too. Like you, they’re human. By executing the right strategies, you can start channeling your nervous energy productively. You can go from hiding in the corner at networking events to easily walking up to someone to introduce yourself and ask intelligent questions. Here’s are 6 things you can do to overcome and leverage your introverted tendencies to become an expert networker.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (June 28, 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 *Reset Your Brain* – Christopher Taylor Networking *TOP* On Connecting – Dustin Farivar Get Out There And Network Like A Boss, Literally  – SherryBlue Our experts said: How to Network Your Way into a…

7 Career Killing Mistakes PhDs Make That Keep Them Poor And Unhappy

If you’re waiting for someone to come save you from academia and line up a great industry job for you, you’re going to be waiting a long time.

The only way to get your career back on track is to take matters into your own hands. You must realize that the biggest obstacle between you and getting the industry job of your dreams is yourself. It’s your own bad attitude and bad habits that will keep you unemployed after graduation, nothing else. Stop blaming other people for your situation and start blaming yourself. Take responsibility. Make a decision today to quit making the following 7 mistakes that keep PhD students jobless at graduation.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (June 21, 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.

Top 10 List Of Alternative Careers For PhD Science Graduates

When choosing the next step in your career, be sure to consider not only the title and salary you want to have, but the lifestyle you want to live.

PhDs should gain a thorough understanding of their non-academic career options. Otherwise, they will be forced by circumstances to take positions that are not in alignment with their long-term career goals. To help you avoid this fate, we’ve collated a list of the 10 hottest non-academic jobs today. Understanding which industry positions are on the rise will help you see what’s available to you outside of a traditional postdoc or professorship. This will help you get off and stay off the dead end career track you’re currently on. Here are 10 of the hottest industry jobs for science PhDs.

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.

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!

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 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.

 

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Roberto Magliozzi, Ph.D.

Like a lot of postdocs, I was interested in transitioning into industry but didn’t 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 to create 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 land 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!”

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