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Leverage Your PhD To Transition Into A Meaningful, High-Paying Career

Welcome to Cheeky Scientist. Here, you will learn the following...

  • How to write the perfect industry resume
  • How to turn networking contacts into job referrals
  • How to create the perfect LinkedIn profile with our LinkedIn experts
  • How to be more confident in your interviewing and networking skills
  • What options you have outside of research
  • How to get recruiters and hiring managers to contact you
  • Where to find top unlisted jobs and how to choose the right job for you

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Current unemployment rates after graduating with a PhD (The Atlantic)...

PhD industry career survey data (936 PhDs polled)…

Cheeky Scientist's Mission

Only 2% of Fortune 500 CEOs have PhDs (StatisticBrain Report).
Our mission is to increase this number to 51%.

Cheeky Scientist’s goals...

  • Place 1,000,000 PhDs into industry positions.
  • Support all PhD programs in providing industry training to their PhD students, postdocs, researchers, and researchers.
  • Enact change that requires all government-funded principal investigators and academic advisors to receive management and financial training.
FBHI

We support the Focus & Behavior Health Institute – Cheeky Scientist’s Foundation Partner

We are the home of the Cheeky Scientist Association – the world’s #1 non-academic career training program for PhDs.

The Association is a private network of over 1,000 PhDs who are in non-academic careers or who are seeking non-academic careers from over 32 different countries.

We Have Placed Associates in over 100 different top companies including...

The Association is full of real PhDs who have transitioned into top industry jobs and who meet virtually and in person all over the world.

PhDs who are excited to talk about their experience in the association and support the association by putting their names and faces behind their testimonials.

Arya Ashok, Ph.D.
Project Leader at Maryland Biotech

Maxwell Caughron, Ph.D.
Data Analyst at Accenture

Gabriele Dadalt Souto, Ph.D.
Senior Executive Scientist at L’Oreal

Abhay Thakur, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist at LakePharma, Inc.

Morgan Bye, Ph.D.
Computational Biologist at BC Cancer Agency

Desyree Jesus, Ph.D.
Research Scientist at Audentes Therapeutics

Bartosz Balczerski, Ph.D.

“Joining the Cheeky Scientist Association was the best investment I’ve ever made.”

Bartosz Balczerski, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist at Leica Biosystems

Marlies Ozias, Ph.D.

“The Cheeky Scientist Association helped me finally start approaching my job search strategically.”

Marlies Ozias, Ph.D.
Medical Science Liaison at Bristol Myers Squibb

Shifana Premji, M.S

“The best thing about being an Associate is the private group. You get answers to your questions within minutes. No one makes you feel stupid, the group is really supportive and knowledgeable.”

Julie Dela Cruz-Mulders, Ph.D.
Medical Affairs Publication Specialist at Allergan

Yahfi Talukdar, Ph.D. Candidate

“I was amazed at the number of people in the group - 500 people who already have jobs or had jobs. I remember thinking “wow, how strong will this community be in the future?”

Yahfi Talukdar, Ph.D. Candidate
Biomedical Engineer at Biosense Webster

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We are also home of ScientistMBA – our new advanced program for PhDs who want to transition into a management position in industry.

The ScientistMBA program is how PhDs escape the Old System and enter the New System...

Here’s what PhDs in management-level industry positions are saying about ScientistMBA...

Klodjan Stafa, Ph.D.

“I was research scientist in academia for almost 8 years after getting my PhD. I did two very long postdocs, one was almost 3 years and the one before it was almost 4 years. To make matters worse, I had looking for a job in industry for over a year without making much progress. I had really high standards for myself and wanted a high-level job like a Medical Science Liaison or a Project Manager position, not just an entry level position. The problem was I didn’t have any industry experience AND I didn’t have any industry knowledge. When industry hiring managers interviewed me for these higher-level, they’d ask me advanced business questions that I didn’t know how to answer. Or, they would mention business topics that I’d never heard of and I’d stare blankly back at them. It wasn’t until I learned about Cheeky Scientist and joined their ScientistMBA program that things started to change. Now, I have the high-level job I want at a top biopharmaceutical company and couldn’t be happier. The management knowledge I gained in SMBA has changed the trajectory of my career and I highly recommend it to other PhDs who have spent most of their lives in academia.”

Yuri Klyachkin, Ph.D., Medical Science Liaison at Celgene

“I was about to enter my third year as a postdoc and was ready for a change. I knew with nearly three years of postdoc experience and years of teaching and mentoring experience that I was technically qualified for a management role in industry. I wasn’t sure if I had the business domain knowledge or management-level transferable skills I needed to get hired as a manager. This is why I went on to become an ScientistMBA member after becoming a Cheeky Scientist Associate. What impressed me most about the SMBA program was the high quality of the training materials and the details covered in each training video and document and the real-world applications. These materials are applicable to PhDs working in industry, including a Scientist or Senior/Principal Scientist. I recently transitioned as a Health Scientist level III and am in a very strong position to succeed thanks to this program. Now, when higher level executives approach me to discuss advanced business topics like corporate strategy, organization behavior, or culture, I can have a productive conversation with them. This has made a big difference in my career development and appreciate this opportunity.”

Marylen Rimando, Ph.D., Research Scientist III at IHRC, Inc.

Marylen Rimando, Ph.D.

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Publisher or the #1 bestselling book Black Hole Focus and top industry transition ebooks...

Published in top media like The Guardian and Entrepreneur Magazine…

Over 50,000 social media followers (25,000 fans on Facebook alone). Join the community here…

Meet The Cheeky Scientist Management Team...

Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D.
Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D.
Founder
Arunodoy Sur, Ph.D.
Laura Anderson
Chief Executive Officer
Nikolett Biel, Ph.D.
Catherine Sorbara, Ph.D.
Chief Operations Officer
Jackie L. Johnson, Ph.D
Klodjan Stafa, Ph.D.
General Manager
Naomi Knoble, Ph.D.
Sarah Rodrigues, Ph.D.
Assocation Program Manager
Cathy Sorbara, Ph.D.
Ann Grosse, Ph.D.
Association Program Manager

Meet the Cheeky Scientist consulting team…

Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D.
Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D.
Arunodoy Sur, Ph.D.
Arunodoy Sur, Ph.D.
Nikolett Biel, Ph.D.
Nikolett Biel, Ph.D.
Jackie L. Johnson, Ph.D
Jackie L. Johnson, Ph.D
Naomi Knoble, Ph.D.
Naomi Knoble, Ph.D.
Cathy Sorbara, Ph.D.
Cathy Sorbara, Ph.D.
Klodjan Stafa, Ph.D.
Klodjan Stafa, Ph.D.
Sarah Rodrigues, Ph.D.
Sarah Rodrigues, Ph.D.
Ann Grosse, Ph.D.
Ann Grosse, Ph.D.
Amy Heffernan, PhD.
Amy Heffernan, PhD.
Michael Smith, M.B.A.
Michael Smith, M.B.A.
Aja Davis, M.B.A., M.Sc.
Aja Davis, M.B.A., M.Sc.
Karin Weigelt, Ph.D.
Karin Weigelt, Ph.D.
James McCracken, Ph.D.
James McCracken, Ph.D.
Ping Lu, Ph.D.
Ping Lu, Ph.D.

We have given over 300 seminars & webinars in over 30 different countries…

How to bring us to your university, institute, or nonprofit organization.

If you’re interested in bringing Cheeky Scientist to your organization for an industry training seminar or workshop, just submit your name and email below. You can also contact us at info@cheekyscientist.com. Our annual calendar fills up quickly so contact us in the early stages of your seminar or workshop organization process.

How to bring us to your company or for-profit organization.

If you’re interested in bringing Cheeky Scientist to your company or organization for ScientistMBA or PhDSales Training workshop, just submit your name and email below. You can also contact us at info@cheekyscientist.com

Don’t know where to start? Just submit your email below to get the following:

  • 20 Transferable Skills For PhDs ebook
  • Top 20 Industry Positions For PhDs ebook
  • Weekly alternative career strategies for PhDs
  • Weekly "Best of Transition" articles

FAQ

1. Is Cheeky Scientist and the Cheeky Scientist Association real or is this a scam?

Yes, Cheeky Scientist and the Cheeky Scientist Association is real, and the results are real. We get this question a lot, which make sense for two reasons. First, PhDs and other high-level academics are logical professionals. Many of them have been stuck in academia for a long time and have been led to believe that they do not have many viable career options outside academia. As a result, when these professionals see our assertions about how valuable PhDs are and how they can easily get into high-paying and meaningful non-academic careers, it seems somewhat unbelievable. Second, the results simply seem too good to be true. As one Associate said, “The video testimonials were so positive and successful, I didn’t believe them. Thankfully, I joined anyway.”

The data doesn’t lie, as they say - if you look at our many video testimonials here and our many written testimonials here, you will see that dozens and dozens of PhDs have willingly put their names, faces, and professional reputations behind Cheeky Scientist and Cheeky Scientist’s programs. As a PhD, you know that this is very rare. If you are still concerned about how real Cheeky Scientist is, you can reach out directly to any of the many Associates and professionals who have gone through our programs on LinkedIn and ask them for yourself. Just enter “Cheeky Scientist” into your LinkedIn search bar and you’ll be able to find an Associate to talk to directly, or just look for this Association Graduate LinkedIn profile badge...

2. How many people in the Cheeky Scientist Association currently have industry jobs?

Over 20% of Associates currently have industry jobs. Most of the remaining Associates are PhD students and postdocs who are at various stages of the transition process, from identifying the right industry position for them, to networking and generating, to interviewing and negotiating job offers.

3. I am a non-STEM PhD. Is Cheeky Scientist still right for me?

While our program does have a STEM slant, we have thousands of Cheeky Scientist Insiders and hundreds of Cheeky Scientist Associates who are not in STEM. In fact, 14% of our Associates have PhDs in the social sciences and 7% have PhDs in the humanities. The materials and strategies we teach are applicable across a range of industries, particularly because our clients are transitioning into jobs in a range in sectors. For instance, Associates have transitioned into top industry jobs in psychology, sociology, agriculture, design, cuisine, banking, pharma, electronics, and political science, to name a few. When we teach a strategy, the example story presented in the material might be of a STEM PhD, but you will be able to apply the scenario to yourself no matter what industry position you’re interested in. For example, if we are teaching you how to approach a recruiter correctly, the strategy you learn will be effective regardless of if you are seeking a research scientist position, a sociology position, or a marketing communications position.

I was concerned that there wouldn't be much value in the Cheeky Scientist Association for me. But I was wrong.

Kenli Urruty, Ph.D.

“I'm NOT a STEM PhD and I was concerned that there wouldn't be much value in the Cheeky Scientist Association for me. But I was wrong. As an Associate, I learned how to network properly and how to better spend my time. I also learned about the importance of referrals and was able to get a better sense of what options were available to me. What I enjoyed most about the Association was hearing stories from other PhDs, including what obstacles others are up against and how to overcome those obstacles. My favorite part of the program was being able to grow my network by connecting with the Association”s exclusive group. I got the tools I need to get the industry job I want and am happy I took a risk to join because really there was no risk.”

Kenli Urruty, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist and Diversity Coordinator

4. I’m from another country and looking for a job in the U.S., is Cheeky Scientist still right for me? OR I’m looking for a job outside of the U.S. , is Cheeky Scientist still right for me?

Yes, we have thousands of Cheeky Scientist Insiders and hundreds of Associates from 32 different countries who have transitioned into jobs in 24 different countries, not just the U.S. We’ve also helped international PhDs get visa sponsorships for jobs in 11 different countries, not just the U.S.

5. I am in the early stages of my PhD program. Can Cheeky Scientist still help me?

Yes, we have thousands of PhD students who are Cheeky Scientist Insiders and hundreds of PhD students who have joined the Cheeky Scientist Association and have successfully lined up industry jobs prior to graduation. ~22% of those in the Association are still in graduate school. On average, it takes PhD students 6 months to 2 years to line up a job in industry so PhD students should not wait to get approval to graduate to start their job search.

6. I have a MSc degree. Can Cheeky Scientist still help me?

Yes, we have hundreds of MSc holders who are Cheeky Scientist Insiders and many MSc holders in the Association who have transitioned successfully into industry positions. ~7% of those in the Association are MSc holders.

7. I am not in a PhD program yet. Can Cheeky Scientist still help me?

Yes. For example, we have many people who are not in a PhD program yet in the Association. The value is that these people get to network with thousands of other PhDs and industry professionals prior to joining graduate school. In many cases, these people have received letters of recommendation from other Associates - letters that have helped them get into graduate programs.

Don’t know where to start? Just submit your email below to get the following:

  • 20 Transferable Skills For PhDs ebook
  • Top 20 Industry Positions For PhDs ebook
  • Weekly alternative career strategies for PhDs
  • Weekly "Best of Transition" articles