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Why PhDs Should Stop Going To PhD Networking Events

During your industry job search, you are a product introducing yourself to new markets.

When you go to typical University or PhD, biotech, or biopharma-labeled events, you’re introducing yourself to what is known as Red Ocean markets. These markets are full of your competitors. The markets are bloody and unlikely to yield any results. Start introducing yourself to Blue Ocean markets–events where you will meet people who won’t compete with you and who will help you get the industry position you want.

What Recruiters Want To See On A PhD’s Resume

Segment every part of your job search.

Each person you interact with–whether it be a reference, hiring manager, or recruiter–should be treated as a separate audience. Your goal is to engage with these people in whichever way benefits them the best. If you want to get a job over other candidates, you must start tailoring your approach, messages, and resumes to make things as easy as possible for them, now you. Here’s how.

Two Biggest Reasons Science PhDs Stay Stuck In Academia

If you want a non-academic job, stop thinking like an academic. PhDs stay stuck in academia, not because they are incapable of transitioning quickly and successfully into industry, but because they refuse to trade in their outdated academic mindset for a new, industry-trained mindset. Here are the two biggest reasons some PhDs never trade in their academic mindset and, as a result, never transition into industry.

Why You Need To Leave Academia In 2015

There is immense value in getting your PhD. A PhD is a high-level achievement and it should not just be handed out to anyone.

That being said, you should not have to endure harassment or workplace bullying to get a PhD. You should not be forced to get some magical piece of data to graduate when your lab can’t even afford a working centrifuge. You should not live in fear and be pressured to stay in a system that does not have the means of compensate you fairly. You do not have to accept this. The academic career track is now a dead end career track. But the biggest reasons behind the death of academia are not in the numbers, they’re in the day-to-day lifestyle that PhDs have to endure.

Why Postdocs Make The Best Industry Employees

Every graduate student and technician knows that postdocs are the keepers of the lab.

Postdocs know the most current technologies and methodologies, they know the literature, they know where everything is in the lab, and they know how to get reagents from other labs. Altogether, postdocs know how to get things and how to things done. These are the same skills that make postdocs great industry employees.

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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.

 

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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.

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Morgan Bye, Ph.D.

Like so many others, I completed my PhD against the clock. Broke and desperate, I blindly accepted a post-doc position with little regard to what it actually meant or where I was going. Somehow I found myself in a new country, in a new continent, doing the exact same thing I had hated for years before. I was lost. I knew something had to change, but where do you begin? This was when I found Cheeky Scientist. I still remember Isaiah”s first words to me, telling us all that we are not alone, that other people feel this way and that leaving academia does not make you a failure–but should be the best decision you ever make and the beginning of an exciting new chapter in your life. I came to Cheeky Scientist skeptical. I had suffered through industry training programs before and did not want to repeat the mistake. But the Cheeky Scientist Association is different. The Association is industry training done intelligently–by academics for academics. There is no dumbing down, no talking down and notably absent of fluffy, feel-good motivational quotes too often seen in other industry training programs. The focus on immediately implementable, practical advice combined with references and further reading allows for immediate application and continued fulfillment. The webinars were particularly invaluable and quickly became the highlight of my week, each one was packed with information on building essential business skills and personal confidence.

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Sarah Rodrigues Moreira, Ph.D. Candidate

Before I became a Cheeky Scientist Associate, I had no idea where to start. I wanted to transition into industry but I didn”t know how. I didn”t know how to interview or even how to network to get an interview. All of that changed when I joined this brilliant program. The Association helped me understand my options and helped me design a professional path according to my values. All the content and advice I got from the Association”s webinars, booklets, group discussions, and emails were of great value. The program also showed me how be more professional during my job search, which really made a difference. One of the biggest things I learned was the importance of creating a professional presence online. This was something that I was previously unaware of. Now, I have a strong professional presence and am constantly being contacted by other professionals. The Association”s LinkedIn experts really made a difference. Recruiters are even contacting me now! More than half of graduate students are unemployed at graduation. Thanks to the Cheeky Scientist Association, I won”t be one of them.

Like a lot of PhDs, I ended up unemployed after graduate school. I felt stuck in so many areas–I didn’t know how to network online or offline and I really struggled to get a response back from anyone after sending out my resume. I had no idea what position were available or where to start in general. This all changed when I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association. The Association showed me how to actively network and build an online presence which greatly increased my visibility and helped me get noticed by companies. I was really impressed with how quickly the Cheeky Scientist team members would get back to me when I had questions. They were very responsive and helpful. The Association”s private online group offers an open, friendly forum where you can feel at ease expressing your thoughts and concerns. Joining the Association showed me that there are a lot of other PhDs who are having trouble transitioning into industry. Most importantly, it showed me how to make this process easier. My favorite part of the Association was learning which industry positions are available and how to best sell myself for these positions. If you don”t know either of these things, you should join this amazing group of professionals right now.