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)...
Cheeky Scientist's Mission
Only 2% of Fortune 500 CEOs have PhDs (StatisticBrain Report).
Our mission is to increase this number to 51%.
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, and researchers.
- Enact change that requires all government-funded principal investigators and academic advisors to receive management and financial training.
PhD industry career survey data (936 PhDs polled)…
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 4,000 PhDs who are in non-academic careers or who are seeking non-academic careers from over 32 different countries.
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.
Hear From Current Associates
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.
Get On The Cheeky Scientist Association Wait List
Learn how to get access to our proven, PhD-only job search blueprint and our private, PhD-only job referral network.
Meet The Cheeky Scientist Management Team...
Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Catherine Sorbara, Ph.D.
Chief Operations Officer
Aja Davis Isble, M.B.A
CMO; SMBA Program Manager
Joanna Garcia-Mansfield, Ph.D.
Lead Account Manager;
Executive Task Manager
Jeanette McConnell, Ph.D.
Jack O’Sullivan, Ph.D.
Sales & Marketing Manager
Mary Truscott, Ph.D.
Association Program Manager
Executive Task Manager
Abha J. Chalpe, Ph.D.
Marketing & Communications
Luis A. Gomez-Sarosi, Ph.D.
Manager of Special Projects
Stephen Bernardini, Ph.D.
Social Media Manager
Arunodoy Sur, Ph.D.
International PhD Community
Meet the Cheeky Scientist consulting team…
Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D.
Arunodoy Sur, Ph.D.
Nikolett Biel, Ph.D.
Jackie L. Johnson, Ph.D
Naomi Knoble, Ph.D.
Cathy Sorbara, Ph.D.
Klodjan Stafa, Ph.D.
Sarah Rodrigues, Ph.D.
Ann Grosse, Ph.D.
Amy Heffernan, PhD.
Michael Smith, M.B.A.
Aja Davis, M.B.A., M.Sc.
Karin Weigelt, Ph.D.
James McCracken, Ph.D.
Ping Lu, Ph.D.
How to bring us to your company, 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 [email protected] Our annual calendar fills up quickly so contact us in the early stages of your seminar or workshop organization process.
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 career tracks, 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 and our many written testimonials above on this page, you will see that dozens and dozens of PhDs have willingly put their names, faces, and professional reputations behind the Cheeky Scientist Association.
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.
By entering “Cheeky Scientist” into your LinkedIn search bar, you’ll be able to find an Associate to talk to directly, or just look for the below Association Graduate LinkedIn profile badge (you will get a custom “Industry Trained” badge of your own when you become an Associate and complete the materials}.
Over 500 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 to networking and generating referrals, to interviewing and negotiating job offers.
While there are many life science PhDs in the Association, there are also many engineering PhD. In fact, 23% of Associates are engineers, many of whom have transitioned into industry jobs successfully, such as Yahfi Talukdar, Ph.D. and Chingyao Yang, Ph.D. whose testimonials are below.
While our program does have a STEM slant, we have 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. To that end, many of our non-STEM PhDs in the Association, such as Kenli Urruty, Ph.D. and Naomi Knoble, Ph.D., whose testimonials are below, have already transitioned successfully.
Yes, we have hundreds of Associates from 32 different countries who have transitioned into jobs in 24 different countries, including the U.S. We’ve also helped international PhDs get visa sponsorships and permanent resident cards for jobs in 11 different countries, including the U.S.
Yes, we have hundreds of PhD students who have joined the Cheeky Scientist Association and have successfully lined up industry jobs prior to graduation. ~34% 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.
Yes, we have MSc holders in the Association who have transitioned successfully into industry positions.
We have few students 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.
As an academic, we know you’re busy. That’s why if you’re writing your thesis, getting married or working for a slave-driving PI, you don’t have to worry about missing out on the Core Training Program webinars or the new, live webinars. This means you can never “fall behind.”
You get to determine the pace of the program. As soon as you sign up, you'll receive a welcome email with your personal username and password. This login information will allow you to access the private webpage where you can start to work your way through the first modules. Additional modules will be released on a weekly basis and new webinar training videos will be released weekly as well.
34% of our Associates are PhD candidates who do not have their PhD yet. The Association is specifically designed to help PhD candidates line up an industry job before they even leave graduate school.
Many of our Associates are not 100% certain they want to work in industry. However, they are certain that they want to have the option to work in industry. If you’re at all interested in working in industry, you have to start preparing now. Otherwise, you will be left behind. With so many PhDs graduating into unemployment or being stuck in postdocs for five or more years, it only makes sense to start getting the industry training you need now, not later.
If you’re even mildly interested in working in industry but don’t know where to start, we’ve developed the new Cheeky Scientist Industry Position Guide—a 75+ page document that details 40 of the most popular non-academic careers that PhDs are transitioning into right now.
It’s simple: the more you put into the Association, the more you’ll get out of it.
The first 4 weeks of the program are the most intensive and require the most time. This is because the Core Training Videos and the Industry Transition Plan modules are the most in-depth. They are designed to help you develop a deep and strong foundation that will put you on the fast track to getting the industry job of your choice right now.
Other factors that will affect how much time you will need for the Association include:
- How much prior industry training you have
- How experienced you are with basic technology
- Your overall clarity and how quickly you make decisions
- Whether or not you choose to participate in the comments and conversations in our private online groups (these are recommended, but optional)
- Whether or not you show up to the live webinars and engage with the presenters in real time by asking questions
- Whether or not you keep up with the weekly schedule of the Core Training Program, or go through it in your own time
- Whether or not you complete the Industry Transition Plan and Industry Insider Series
If you choose to go through the program live with us and fully participate in every aspect of the course (live webinars, comments, conversations in the community, etc.), a very rough time estimate would be 5-10 hours per week for the first four weeks, and 2-5 hours per week for the next few weeks or until you get the industry job of your choice.
However, if you simply want to digest the material and take a more rapid learning approach to the Cheeky Scientist Association, you’ll need approximately 3-5 hours the first four weeks and 1-2 hours a week thereafter.
We strongly believe that a person’s network is their net worth. Being part of a community of like-minded professionals who are dedicated to their own personal and professional success should be an important part of your career strategy. Surrounding yourself with people who are dedicated to their career goals will keep you motivated and moving forward. We treat the members of this group as friends and we encourage you to participate and build life-long friends as well.
There is a private and very friendly Facebook group of new and old Associates who are constantly supporting each other with questions, answers, and comments on topics ranging from current job openings and new PhD-level industry positions to networking event information and advanced LinkedIn strategies. Associates have also shared exclusive recruiter lists, tips for increasing interpersonal and communication skills, productivity and time management lessons, strategies for dealing with difficult mentors and colleagues, interview tips, and much more. We also offer a highly professional and exclusive LinkedIn group whose members routinely share advanced industry articles and initiate expert discussion threads on a variety of leading edge industry topics.
You are an intelligent academic, which means that you know that no program will work unless you work. If you’re expecting the Association, or anything else, to magically solve your problems, please do not sign-up. This is not some weekend retreat where you come in and hear a bunch of empty, motivational words and then go back to whatever it is you were doing before.
The Association is designed to help you, not just get your first industry job, but to help you get promoted and stay one step ahead for the rest of your career. This means we actually care that you learn and implement our material. That’s why you must agree upon registration to our 14-Day Refund Policy. In order to be eligible for a refund you must submit your completed answers and exercises for all Industry Transition Plan modules and private group homework within 14 days of the start of the program.
We know that if you do the work, you will achieve results and get a great industry job. We’re challenging you to think and behave differently than the average PhD. You cannot just learn this material and stop working. Knowledge is not the end result here. You must apply the knowledge you learn. We put a tremendous amount of energy into the Association and you need to match that energy. Unified effort—you working hard and us working hard for you—is what will make you successful.
Collectively our team of Cheeky Scientist Associates and Consultants have worked in over 30 different countries around the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands, India, Singapore, China, Japan, and many more. As a result, we have incredible insight into how things work in all types of organizations, governments, and industrial systems.
Most industry skills are the same from one country to the next. In particular, developing your communication and interpersonal skills is one of the most important factors in getting hired globally. The Cheeky Scientist Association accounts for this by training you with content that has been approved internationally. We have also recently added new Industry Insider documents specifically for International Associates. These documents include information on creating proper International CVs and getting noticed by International recruiters and hiring managers.
During a enrollment, if you are on the Association’s Wait List, you can either pay a one-time membership fee or pay through a monthly installment plan.
Yes, we are fully committed to helping you change your career and your life for the better. You can try out the program for up to 14 days after you join. If you do the work and do not feel we have delivered on our promise, we’ll happily refund 100% of your money.
Important: To be eligible for a refund, we require your completed answers and notes to all modular exercises, quizzes, and exams. We also require that you have been added to the private group. This must all be done within 14 days of the start of the program. This means you must take action in the program.
We know that if you take action and do the work, you’ll get results. If you do the work and don’t receive value, then we do not deserve your money, and we will refund 100% of your enrollment fees. We do this because we’re looking for serious and committed PhDs and PhD candidates only. We take our learning environment seriously and maintain a very high standard of action-oriented learning.
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