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Arya Ashok, Ph.D.

Project Leader Translational Oncology at Champions Oncology

Arya’s background is in life sciences as a biological scientist and she had been uploading resumes online for 6 months before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as Project Leader of Translational Oncology. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Ananda Ghosh, Ph.D.

Tech Marketing Associate at Langone Medical

Ananda’s background is in life sciences as a zoologist and biochemist and he believed he was only qualified for bench positions before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as Marketing Associate and Patent Agent. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Antonio Martins, Ph.D.

Inhouse Consultant, Merck

Antonio’s background is in life sciences, specializing in pharmaceuticals and drug design and he had been uploading resumes online and hearing nothing in return before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Consultant. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Arsalan Daudi, Ph.D.

Client Manager at Coleman Research

Arsalan’s background is in life sciences, specializing in biotechnology and he never heard back after applying to over 50 positions before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Research Associate. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Priyasri Chaurasia, Ph.D.

Project Manager at Lilly Pharmaceuticals

Priyasri’s background is in the life sciences and she faced constant rejection and was inundated with misinformation about her job search like being told she should hide her PhD on her resume. Now she’s working at one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world because she has a PhD and because she became an Associate.

Christopher Drummond

Study Director 2, MPI Research (CRO)

Chris’ background is in life sciences as biochemistry and he applied to over 200 positions online unsuccessfully before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Study Director. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Fred Westhorpe

Senior Scientist, Merck

Fred’s background is in life sciences as a biochemist and he didn’t understand the power of networking before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Senior Scientist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Huey Wen

Medical Science Liaison, Astrazeneca

Huey’s background is in life sciences as a pharmacologist and she didn’t know how to write an industry resume before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Medical Science Liaison. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Jeanette Stankowski

Medical Science Liaison, Biogen

Jeanette’s background is in life sciences as a neuroscientist and she never got past initial phone interviews before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Medical Science Liaison. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Ravikiran Ravulapalli

Consultant, Sanofi Pasteur

Ravi’s background is in life sciences as a biochemist and he never thought he could get an industry position with only academic experience before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a R&D Consultant. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Yousuf Ali

Medical Science Liaison, Novartis

Yousuf’s background is in life sciences as a molecular and cellular pharmacologist and he applied to every industry position with the same resume before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Medical Science Liaison. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Francisco X. Mora, Ph.D.

Development Manager, SOPHiA Genetics

Francisco’s background is in life sciences as a freshwater scientist and he feared his PhD background was too niche to be valuable in industry before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Development Manager. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Giuseppe Allegretta, Ph.D.

QC Analyst, Grunenthal

Giuseppe’s background is in life sciences as a pharmaceutical scientist and his applications were always getting rejected before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a QC Analyst. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Perrine Friedel, Ph.D.

Technical Support Specialist, Polyplus Transfection

Perrine’s background is in life sciences as a neuroscientist and she needed help developing a job search plan before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Technical Support Specialist. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Rebba Casteel, Ph.D.

Evidence Evaluation Specialist, Smith & Nephew

Rebba’s background is in life sciences as a biochemist and molecular biologist and she was never getting passed the initial interview stage before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Medical Writer. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Alexis Paez, Ph.D.

Application Scientist, NeuroNexus Technologies

Alexis’ background is in life sciences as a neuroscientist and she didn’t know what industry positions were available to her outside of the lab before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Application Scientist. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Deepak Joshi, Ph.D.

Account Manager, Strategic Business Development, Applied StemCell Inc

Deepak’s background is in life sciences as a medicinal entomologist and he had no idea how to find a position in industry before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as an Account Manager in Strategic Business Development. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Rachel Clemens, Ph.D.

Commercial Innovation Manager, Life Science Lead, Center for the Advancement of Science In Space (CASIS)

Rachel’s background is in life sciences as a cell and developmental biologist and she struggled getting replies when networking and applying to positions online before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Commercial Innovation Manager. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Rhianna Laker, Ph.D.

Scientist I, MedImmune

Rhianna's background is in life sciences as an endocrinologist and she struggled getting industry professionals to notice her on LinkedIn before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Scientist I. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Abha J. Chalpe, Ph.D.

Principal Scientist, Enzene Bioscience Ltd

Abha’s background is in life sciences as a biotechnologies and she struggled getting her resume past human resources before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Principal Scientist. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Ahmed Kamal, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Beiersdorf

Ahmed’s background is in life sciences as a pharmaceutical scientist and he struggled not knowing how to apply for industry positions before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Research Scientist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Dhananjaya (DJ) Nayak, Ph.D.

Sr. Client Portfolio Manager, Charles River Laboratories

DJ’s background is in life sciences as a biochemist and he was getting industry interviews but no job offers before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Senior Client Portfolio Manager. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Sedef Iskit, Ph.D.

Consultant, Catalyze

Sedef’s background is in life sciences, specializing in oncology, biological sciences and bioengineering and she struggled finding an industry position that was right for her before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Consultant. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Sergio Aguedo Mojica, Ph.D.

Technical Support Consultant, Bio-Rad Laboratories

Sergio’s background is in life sciences, specializing in molecular microbiology and immunology and he knew he wanted to leave academia but was unsure how before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Technical Support Consultant. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Monika Vinish, Ph.D.

Associate Clinical Operations, Biorasi

Monika’s background is in life sciences as a neuroscientist and she struggled getting past the interview stages of her job search before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as an Associate of Clinical Operations. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Aparna Lakshmanan, Ph.D.

Medical Writer, Novartis

Aparna’s background is in life sciences, specializing in molecular, cellular and developmental biology and she was applying blindly to positions online before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Medical Writer. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Daniel A. Donahue, Ph.D.

Medical Writer, IC Axon

Daniel’s background is in life sciences as a geneticist and he struggled even starting his industry job search before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Medical Writer. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Anastasia Dian Anggraini, Ph.D.

Marketing Analytics Specialist, Periscope By McKinsey

Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering

Mansi Khanna, Ph.D.

Regulatory Writer, Synchrogenix

Mansi’s background is in life sciences as a cell and developmental biologist and she struggled with rejection before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Medical Writer. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Priyasri Chaurasia, Ph.D.

Product Manager, Eli Lilly and Company

Priyasri’s background is in life sciences as a molecular biologist and biochemist and she struggled without a supportive community before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Project Manager. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Swetha Arikatla, Ph.D. and Rebba Casteel, Ph.D.

Evidence Evaluation Specialist, Smith & Nephew

Swetha’s background is in life sciences as a pharmaceutical and chemical scientist and she struggled without an industry network before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Medical Writer. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Shen Lin, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Talee Bio, Inc.

Shen’s background is in life sciences as a neuroscientist and he struggled networking with industry professionals before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Research Scientist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Lalit Sharma

Scientist I, Nurix Inc

Lalit’s background is in physical sciences as an organic chemist and he had no idea how to network with industry professionals before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as Scientist I. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Umar Twahir

PTD Module and Integration Device Yield Engineer, Intel

Umar’s background is in physical sciences as a chemist and he couldn’t find positions that matched his technical background before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a PTD Module and Integration Device Yield Engineer. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Shobeir Mazini

Data Scientist, American Traffic Solutions

Shobeir’s background is in physical sciences as a physical chemist and he struggled targeting his LinkedIn profile and resume to industry positions before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Data Scientist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Nick Ross

Sr. Packaging R&D Engineer, Intel

Nick’s background is in physical sciences as an analytical chemist and he didn’t know how to set himself apart from the competition before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Senior Packaging R&D Engineer. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Vincent Genest, Ph.D

Associate Consultant at McKinsey & Company

Vincent’s background is in physical sciences as a mathematician and he had no idea what positions were available to him before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as an Associate Consultant. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Kostas Agalou, Ph.D.

Commissioning Editor at Wiley Publishing

Kostas’ background is in physical sciences as a chemical scientist and he couldn’t break away from his academic mindset before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Commissioning Editor. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

David Grawoig, Ph.D.

Research Scientist at Brunswick Labs

David’s background is in physical sciences as a chemist and he had trouble staying motivated in his job search before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Chemist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Bishnu Joshi, Ph.D.

Research Scientist at Agenus Pharmaceuticals

Bishnu’s background is in physical sciences as a biological chemist and he was only applying to positions through online job portals before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Research Scientist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Adwait Ranade, Ph.D.

Research Scientist at CiVentiChem LLC

Adwait’s background is in physical sciences as a Medicinal Chemist and he had been unsuccessful in his job search for 7 months before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Research Scientist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Abhay Thakur, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist at LakePharma, Inc.

Abhay’s background is in physical sciences as a biophysicist and he was confused about how to transition into industry before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Senior Scientist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Pouyan Fard, Ph.D.

Data Analytics Consultant, Accenture

Pouyan’s background is in physical sciences in computational intelligence and he was unsure what professional lifestyle he wanted before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Data Analytics Consultant. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Kristin Cederquist, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, DCN Diagnostic

Kristen’s background is in physical sciences as a chemist and she was missing a network of industry professionals before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Research Scientist. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Jessica Kishimoto, Ph.D.

Territory Manager, Ultident Scientific

Jessica’s background is in physical sciences as a medical biophysicist and she couldn’t find a position that she was passionate about before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Territory Manager. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Sidharth Mohan, Ph.D.

Scientist, Avitide, Inc.

Sidharth’s background is in physical sciences as a biophysicist and he was not leveraging LinkedIn before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Scientist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Aswin Garimalla, Ph.D.

Synthetic Organic Chemist, ADESIS

Aswin’s background is in physical sciences an organic chemist and he was unsure how to approach his job search before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Synthetic Organic Chemist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Mentor Mulaj, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Thermalin Diabetes, Inc.

Mentor’s background is in physical sciences a biophysicist and he was not hearing back from his job applications before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Research Scientist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Rohan Gokhale, Ph.D.

Research Associate, Nissan Motor Corporation

Rohan’s background is in physical sciences as a material chemist and he struggled hearing nothing back from his online applications before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top position as a Research Scientist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Tapan Kumar Nayak, Ph.D.

Field Application Scientist, Nanion Technologies

Tapan’s background is in physical sciences as a biophysicist and he was confused about what position was right for him before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top position as a Field Application Scientist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Lilian Josephson, Ph.D.

Senior Chemist at L’Oréal

Lilian’s background is in engineering as a chemical engineer and she had been struggling with application rejections before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Senior Chemist. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Aaron Gajadhar Ph.D.

Senior Scientist at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals

Aaron’s background is in engineering as a biological engineer and he was a lifelong academic trying to escape academia before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Senior Scientist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Shanta Boddapati, Ph.D.

Bio Process Scientist at Seattle Genetics

Shanta’s background is in engineering as a chemical engineer and she didn’t know how to present herself at industry job interviews before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Bioprocess Scientist. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Yahfi Talkukdar, Ph.D.

Biomedical Engineer at Biosense Webster

Yahfi’s background is in engineering as a biomedical engineer and he never heard positive responses to his job applications before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Biomedical Engineer. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Bhushan Mahadik, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, NIH Cneter for Engineering Complex Tissues

Bhushan’s background is in engineering as a chemical and biomolecular engineer and he was never hearing responses after sending resumes online before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as an Assistant Director. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Dennis Oriero, Ph.D.

Produc Manufacturing Engineer III, Honeywell

Dennis’ background is in engineering as a chemical engineer and he struggled marketing himself before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Product Manufacturing Engineer. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Leo Ai, Ph.D.

Clinical Product Risk Specialist at Boston Scientific

Leo’s background is in engineering as a biomedical engineer and he was using an academic CV to apply for industry positions before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Clinical Product Risk Specialist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Shantanu Pal, Ph.D.

Optics Engineer, SigTuple

Shantanu’s background is in engineering as an electrical engineer and he was facing stiff competition for R&D roles in India before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as an Optics Engineer. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Rubenka Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D

Energy Analyst, Advanced Energy Corp.

Rubenka’s background is in engineering as a sustainable Energy, electrical & computer engineer and she lacking confidence and a supportive network before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as an Energy Analyst. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Harshavardhan Sundar, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Amazon

Harshavardhan’s background is in engineering as a machine learning engineer and he struggled searching for a position in the USA from India with no visa before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top position as a Research Scientist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Jaesik Hahn, Ph.D.

Senior Systems Performance Engineer, Cymer

Jaesik’s background is in engineering as a mechanical engineer and he struggled getting his resume past the Applicant Tracking Software before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top position as a Senior Systems Performance Engineer. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Keerthi Srinivas, Ph.D.

Fermentation Scientist II, Lygos

Keerthi’s background is in engineering as a chemical engineer and he struggled sounding too desperate for a job before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top position as a Fermentation Scientist. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Naomi Knoble, Ph.D.

Research Associate at Real World Evidence Mapi Group

Naomi’s background is in social science as a counseling psychologist and she was not hearing back from applications where she was felt she was 100% qualified for before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Research Associate. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Meagan Ramsey, Ph.D.

Grant Development Specialist at UME

Meagan’s background is in social science as a life span developmental psychologist and she couldn’t figure out what positions were right for her before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Grant Development Specialist. Watch the video to learn how she did it.

Jason Nadell, Ph.D.

Medical Writer, Flywheel Partners

Jason’s background is in social science as an anthropologist and he struggled hearing nothing but crickets after applying to positions online before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top position as a Medical Writer. Watch the video to learn how he did it.

Aditya J. Desai, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Merck

Aditya’s background is in life sciences as a molecular pharmacologist and he continually sent out resumes without hearing any responses before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Senior Scientist. Read the story to learn how he did it.

“I always wanted to go to industry. Before joining the CSA, I had sent out many resumes and kept getting no responses. I contacted people who did video testimonials for the CSA on LinkedIn and set up informational interviews with them. After talking with them I knew that the CSA would be able to help me. As soon as I joined, I was pleasantly surprised by the wealth of material I had access to. The resume material helped me immediately. I stopped my job search and started going through the material. The mindset you develop from being a Cheeky Scientist is incredible - you gain confidence & courage to start networking. The negotiation materials were priceless. If you want to go to any position in industry, especially training that is not just lab based, the Association will give you the overall development for practical and theoretical aspects of industry. It grooms you to do well in everything from resumes to informational interviews.”

“I really wanted to transition into a new career. I was too desperate though, which made it hard as this desperation came off in interviews. After joining the Association I started created a more targeted approach. The Association materials helped me realize that Medical Writing would be perfect for me. Once I figured this out, everything became easy. I used the Association’s resume, LinkedIn, and job referral strategies and very quickly, after applying to just two other jobs, I got callbacks from both companies and job offers from both companies too. Just like that. Now I’m working at a company that treats me very well and where my PhD skills and my personality are a perfect fit.”

Elaine Lee Paoliello, Ph.D.
Medical Writer, Seattle Genetics

Elaine’s background is in life sciences as a molecular biologist and she lacked a clear, targeted job search strategy before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Medical Writer. Read the story to learn how she did it.

Francesco Conti, Ph.D.
Associate Editor, Springer Nature

Francesco’s background is in life sciences as a molecular biologist and he worked in academia for over 12 years after getting his PhD and thought his career was over before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as an Associate Editor. Read the story to learn how he did it.

“I worked in academia for over 12 years after getting my PhD and thought my career was pretty much over. I knew I had a lot of skills to offer outside of academia but I thought I was too old now, and I didn't know what I wanted to do. The Association helped me find my target. The online materials helped me understand what options were available and which careers would suit my strengths. All of the webinars were helpful in reaffirming my decision to leave academia and making me a stronger job candidate. From technical sales to communication, the webinars covered a breadth of transferable skill training and career topics. I enjoyed that I could always depend on the private group whenever I needed to to answer all my questions and help me prepare for upcoming interviews.”

“Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I knew I wanted out of academia but I didn’t know anyone from industry. I had NO IDEA how the job search process worked. I thought that if I just kept applying online, I would eventually get a job. I sent out thousands of resumes and never heard anything in return. After I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, my resume was completely overhauled. After this, I got hired very quickly. My LinkedIn profile went from 4 connections to over 500. All the Core Training Videos were very helpful, especially the interview information. I had no idea how the interview process worked and the training programs on these topics helped me. I did exactly what the instructors said and came up with a list of questions and turned myself into the interviewer. This strategy worked very well and now, thanks to the Association, I've started my industry career.”

Jiho Sohn, Ph.D.
Scientist, Biogen

Jiho’s background is in life science as a neuroscientist and he had no idea how the job search process worked before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Research Scientist. Read the story to learn how he did it.

Neelakantan T. Vasudevan, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Thermalin

Neel’s background is in life sciences as a biochemist and how to create an industry resume before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Senior Scientist. Read the story to learn how he did it.

“I wanted to leave academia but industry was a black box to me. I had no idea what kinds of jobs to look for, who to talk to or how to approach a resume. I was lost! After joining the CSA, my number of connections on LinkedIn grew to +500. I received a lot of personal help in the private group for preparing my resume and preparing interview presentations. When I went for my industry interview, not only did they offer me the position, but they offered me a better position than the one I originally applied for. I became a Senior Scientist and received an excellent benefits package. Everything the Association said helped me during my transition and I cannot recommend them enough to other academics who wish to do the same.”

“There’s a lot of opportunity in Boston but also much more competition. I struggled to get my name out there and get an interview. After joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I was really impressed with the support and the positive community - everyone was really open to helping others. After just a few days, I was able to start getting job referrals and securing interviews from other Associates. Despite the competition in Boston, I was able to get into a top job and am now very happy.”

Madhurima Das, Ph.D.
Management Consultant, Simon-Kucher & Partners

Madhurima’s background is in physical sciences as a biophysicist and she struggled getting noticed in the competitive environment for industry jobs before she joined the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Management Consultant. Read the story to learn how she did it.

Jovana Matic, Ph.D.
Head of Science, Vimeda GmbH

Jovana’s background is in physical sciences as a chemist and she lacked any information about job searching and struggled with networking before she joined the Association. Now she’s in a top job as Head of Science. Read the story to learn how she did it.

“Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, I had no direction. I lacked any information about job searching and was geographically very isolated so did not have the opportunity to attend any networking events. What made it even worse was that everyone around me was confused too. I had no mentors, no guidance available to me. I had no idea what positions were out there. After joining, I gained immediate benefit from the Transition Plan - everything was very strategic, specific and easy-to-follow. I develop business acumen and thought more like an industry professional. My questions were always immediately answered in the private group and I felt a sense confident walking into my interviews.”

“I wanted to join the Association for a long time but did not have the money and my postdoc funding was set to expire. I also doubted that it would be helpful for someone like be, being an older academic. It was not long after joining that I realized it was well-worth the membership fee. If you don’t join the Association, you’ll never learn enough to get a job. The free content you find online is not enough -- you need the exclusive network that it offers. Recruiters started contacting me after -- and they still contact me! The private group is an essential feature. Everyone shares their personal highs and lows and encourages one another to persevere. Transitioning from academia is difficult and stressful but with the Association, you never feel alone and you know you are supported 100%. CSA has also allowed me to give back as a mentor. I no longer feel like a failure - I’m not a failure. I’m an achiever. The Cheeky Scientist Association makes me feel like a better person professionally and personally.”

Ji Hyun Lee, Ph.D.
Imaging Physicist MR, Tunnell Government Services, Inc

Ji Hyun’s background is in physical sciences as a medical physicist and she felt like a failure before she joined the Association. Now she’s in a top job as an Imaging Physicist. Read the story to learn how she did it.

Daniel Best, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Sygnature Discovery

Dan’s background is in physical sciences as an organic chemist and he didn’t know where to start his job search before he joined the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Senior Scientist. Read the story to learn how he did it.

“Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I was in a similar boat to many academics. I knew I wanted to leave academia but I didn't know where to start and I was ignorant of the industry landscape. After joining, I was hired faster than I could have ever expected. The CSA taught me how to set up informational interviews. This was key to help me start to understand what is valued in industry and where I might fit in (and how I already have skills for industry - I never thought about this before). I never thought about transferable skills at all actually - I had to change my mindset. In my mind PhDs could only leverage their publications and technical skills but the Association opened my eyes to the real value I could bring to industry.”

“I was struggling for over a year to get a job in industry without realizing that I was using the wrong workflow for job hunting. I thought all I was supposed to do was write resumes and upload them to job sites. I thought I could easily get a job. Of course, I was wrong and didn't make much progress. Once I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, I learned the correct workflow for getting an industry job. I made large gains and expanded my network significantly. The program gave me individual help, focusing on my specific needs. The program helped me organize all my job search materials and gave me daily action items to follow. The private group was great and provided me with close supervision that was both supportive and highly structured. The group held me accountable and helped me stay on track and make progress. We went over my targeted resumes in real time, they gave me individualized scripts, and I had access to the consultants on a daily basis. Overall, the Association provided the structure and organized habits I needed to get hired. I'm very happy with the result. It is the perfect program for any engineer.”

Chingyao Yang, Ph.D.
Automation Engineer at Hampton Creek

Chingyao’s background is in physical sciences as a materials chemist and he was using the wrong workflow for job hunting for over a year before he joined the Association. Now he’s in a top job as an Automation Engineer. Read the story to learn how he did it.

Mentor Mulaj, Ph.D.

Mentor’s background is in biophysics and he was worried his background would be an impediment to his transition before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top position as a Research Scientist. Read the full story to learn how he did it.

“Before joining the Association, I was worried that my background in physics would hold me back from getting an industry position. As soon as I joined, I began to go through the modules and read conversations in the private group, which immediately shifted my mindset. The warmth from the team made me feel like I was part of a family. A month of two after joining, I started seeing results including exponential growth in my LinkedIn network and terrific feedback from job application. Adopting the Association’s resume format was incredibly useful as well as learning more about the interview process. Thank you for this magical platform for PhDs, it is a miracle.”

“Before joining the Association, I was worried about about my career trajectory and employability. I was pursuing career opportunities and the diversity of advice I was getting was confusing. There was no real methodology to get a job in industry - or so it appeared. Then I joined the Association. It was awesome. I immediately got to editing my resume and posted it in the private group and the feedback was instant. The turnaround time was incredibly quick and the engagement by the group moderators was amazing. The sheer amount of material in the dashboard was amazing. There is a great combination of online content and engagement. The idea of value that you can ascribe to yourself and how much you can give to others was a game changer for me. I shifted to: “I know what I know, and I can give great value” and combined with the support you get in the private group is a winning combination. The single most important feature of the Association is the people. Hands down. Team Cheeky and the Associates. There is no way to get democratic input like this anywhere else and it is individualized. That is a snowball effect that no one could anticipate.”

Sidharth Mohan, Ph.D.

Sidharth’s background is in biophysics and he was confused by the diversity of career advice he received before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top position as a Scientist. Read the full story to learn how he did it.

Alkaios Bournias-Varotsis, Ph.D.
Technical Marketing Engineer, 3D Hubs

Alkaios’ background is in engineering as a mechanical engineer and he lacked motivation during his job search before he joined the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Technical Marketing Engineer. Read the story to learn how he did it.

“The Cheeky Scientist Association is a network that helps you establish your career outside of academia. It helps you to develop your transferable skills, which are essential in industry. Every PhD can learn these skills but PhDs don't know what they don't know. The Association helps you to learn what you need to know to be successful in industry. I have a background in mechanical engineering and found the constant feedback from the group extremely helpful. I gained a lot of motivation and insights from reading the stories of other associates, which directly helped me to transition into my current role.”

“I had known early on that I wanted to leave academia but I didn’t know what I wanted to do or what position I was looking for. I had no idea where to start or how to crack into a new network in industry. Nothing in my current department had helped me previously and I was just doing what family members suggested I should but was getting what I needed. I heard about Cheeky Scientist from another PhD student and decided to join. After joining, I had some early “ah-ha” moments. The Association's private group and group posts were very helpful and all the instructional modules were exceptionally advanced but easy to understand. I appreciated and utilized the real world interviewing help, documents, Q&A and interviewing webinar in moving into an industry job.”

Camillie Birch, Ph.D.
Clinical Analyst at Hudson Alpha Institute

Camille’s background is in engineering as a biomedical engineer and she had no idea how to start networking with industry professionals before she joined the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a Clinical Analyst. Read the story to learn how she did it.

Evan Dubiel, Ph.D.
Associate Research Scientist, PPD Laboratories

Evan’s background is in engineering as a chemical engineer and he had anxiety when it came to networking, especially with industry professionals outside his field, before he joined the Association. Now he’s in a top job as an Associate Research Scientist. Read the story to learn how he did it.

“I have a chemical engineering background and was looking for careers outside of academia. I tried writing cover letters and resumes on my own but was struggling to figure out how to write them and what industry wanted to hear. I had anxiety when it came to networking, especially with industry professionals outside my field. I came across CSA when a Cheeky article about the difference between academia and industry was forwarded to me by a professor. I loved the pitch: a program by PhDs for PhDs. A week later I was enrolled. The CSA is a support group and job referral network. It’s a group of PhDs where everyone’s goal is to get out of academia. There are lots of webinars, including a good one on Imposter Syndrome. You get job search strategies and perspectives of hiring managers. The interview presentation and negotiation webinars were the most valuable for me during my transition process, while the private group provided a personal touch. I was able to share scripts and resumes and having this personal guidance really helped with my confidence as well.”

“A postdoc did not seem very appealing to me - short-term contracts, no teamwork and no translation of my work to everyday life. I recognized how little training I actually had to transition into industry so with less than 6 months left in my PhD, I decided to join the Cheeky Scientist Association. I wanted help with my resume, building my LinkedIn profile as well as filling in the gaps of any business skill deficiencies. I found the most value from the private group. I received help straight away, was able to connect with other Associates on LinkedIn and got many suggestions on how to apply for jobs successfully. I managed to get a job only 4 days after enrolling!”

Martin Holmes, Ph.D.
Senior Product Manager, Self Care Catalysts

Martin’s background is in engineering as a biomedical engineer and he did not know how to translate his academic skills to business before joining the Association. Now he’s in a top job as Senior Product Manager. Read the story to learn how he did it.

Susmita Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D.
Research & Development Specialist, Chemical Solutions Limited

Susmita’s background is in engineering as an environmental engineer and she did not know how to create an industry resume before joining the Association. Now she’s in a top job as a R&D Specialist. Read the story to learn how she did it.

“Immigration issues caused a lot of headache for me early on. I was unable to get a H1B visa and had subsequently quit my job. I was then able to get a Green Card and started applying for months but never received any interviews even though I had previous industry experience. When I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, I was struck by all the success stories. I watched the resume workshop and it changed my entire life. I implemented the resume changes they recommended, sent it out to 3 companies and got 3 call backs the next day. I couldn't believe it. It was the best day I ever had - I was jumping up and down! I am very excited about my new job - the entire transition process has been a transformative experience for me.”

“It didn’t take long into my academic career for me to realise that it was not the place for m. I applied on and off for industry positions before joining the Association but I did not know what the correct process was. When I joined the Association, I immediately realized that there was more to job searching than simply applying blindly to positions online. I wasn’t familiar with the concept of constantly adding value to others and networking but this was pivotal to my successful transition. The modules were incredible useful and points you in the right direction. I learned how to identify my transferable skills and articulate them on a resume in a way that would be valuable to employers. The Association is a place that makes all your dreams come true - it is the place that will help you get your first industry position.”

Leo Ai, Ph.D.
Clinical Product Risk Specialist at Boston Scientific

Leo’s background is in biomedical engineering and he didn’t know how to leverage his transferable skills before he joined the Association. Now he’s in a top job as a Clinical Product Risk Specialist. Read the full story to learn how he did it.

Shantanu Pal, Ph.D.
Optics Engineer, SigTuple

Shantanu’s background is in electrical engineering and he didn’t know what positions were available to him before she joined the Association. Now he’s in a top job as an Optics Engineer. Read the full story to learn how he did it.

“I had no idea what to do outside of academia and that was overwhelming and stressful. When I joined the Association, I realized it was so much more than I could have ever expected. My biggest ‘a-ha’ moment after joining was the resume material. I realized I had to complete change my approach the Association provided me with detailed feedback along the way. I enjoyed talking with Associates in different backgrounds as well. I found a lot of value in this as everyone sees issues from different angles and perspectives. You cannot get this anywhere else. The Association is a great platform to start a new phase in your career and also giving you a new way to look your career options. It is a great opportunity for anyone in India and around the world.”

“I joined the Association before I was actively looking for jobs but this allowed me to focus on building my network and seeing what opportunities were out there for me. I was incredibly impressed with the Association. The investment was worth it! One thing that really struck me was the first exercise in the Transition Plan that asked us focus on our strengths and weaknesses and taught us how to apply that to a potential career path. I knew academia wasn’t right for me and tried various other work but was just taking opportunities as they came and I lacked real focus and drive. I needed to change my approach and not blindly apply and the Association helped me do that. The Association is a very supportive peer network that provides extremely personalized advice. The network really pushed me. Academia can be quite isolating and if you have another network cheering you on it is really helpful.”

Rubenka Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D.

Rubenka’s background is in sustainable energy. Now she’s in a top job as an Energy Analyst. Read the full story to learn how she did it.