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ABOUT ISAIAH HANKEL, PHD

CEO, CHEEKY SCIENTIST & SUCCESS MENTOR TO PHDS

Dr. Isaiah Hankel is the Founder and CEO of Cheeky Scientist. His articles, podcasts and trainings are consumed annually by 3 million PhDs in 152 different countries. He has helped PhDs transition into top companies like Amazon, Google, Apple, Intel, Dow Chemical, BASF, Merck, Genentech, Home Depot, Nestle, Hilton, SpaceX, Tesla, Syngenta, the CDC, UN and Ford Foundation.

Dr. Hankel has published three bestselling books and his latest book, The Power of a PhD, debuted on the Barnes & Noble bestseller list. His methods for getting PhDs hired have been featured in the Harvard Business Review, Nature, Forbes, The Guardian, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine and Success Magazine.

Isaiah Hankel, PhD

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Was Your PhD A Mistake?

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he addresses the #1 question PhDs face during their industry job search: Was your PhD a mistake? In this week’s episode… First, Isaiah addresses PhD job search fears head-on Next, Isaiah covers why industry needs PhDs now more than ever Finally, he puts the ball back in your court: What are you going to do with all this experience? I Hate Hearing “Was My PhD A Mistake?” From PhDs Just Starting Their Job Search Your PhD is so valuable. The problem is that the academia system beats you down so much that you start to think you…

Best Of Transition: PhD Jobs & Job Search Strategies June 3rd, 2023

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Every week, we at Cheeky Scientist scour the Internet for the best articles on topics that help in the search for the Best of Transition: PhD Job Search in the industry. Our two consultants independently search for the most informative articles in the categories of networking, CVs/resumes, interviews, transferable skills, academic blues, industry positions, and business acumen. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and a top overall article for the week – if it’s a recent article that can help readers find and acquire PhD jobs, then we want to include it in this weekly digest.…

Understanding Company Benefits Packages

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he helps you break down benefit packages in industry terms In this week’s episode… First, Isaiah walks us through how benefits enter into negotiations and why that matters Next, Isaiah talks about the value of benefits, both fiscal and general Finally, he covers the things you need to look for when accepting benefit packages From This Week’s Show… PhDs Are So Focused On Their Salary That They Forget An Important Part Of Their Compensation: Benefits Health insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – these and other benefits can make a significant difference in the strength of a…

Robots Ate Your Precious Technical Skills. Focus On These Transferable Skills Instead

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

I haven’t even graduated yet and my career is already being phased out by AI. Am I going to need a separate degree in machine learning to stand out from the competition?  How can I compete in a data-focused industry when software can do most of my job faster and for far less? Messages like these come to me every day. ChatGPT sent shockwaves through every industry when developer OpenAI unveiled the software to the general public in 2022. Within 5 days of launch, it had already seen 1 million users. I work closely with PhDs on a daily basis.…

Which Company Culture Is Best For You?

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he examines the four most common types of company culture and explores their major differences In this week’s episode: First, Isaiah discusses the impact company culture has on how employees and customers perceive the business Next, he explains that understanding the differences from one company to another is a great way to determine if you’re the type of employee who will thrive – or fail – in that company’s infrastructure. Finally, Isaiah explores the four different types of company culture, as identified by professors Robert E. Quinn and Kim Cameron From This Week’s Show… Company Culture Is…

This Year’s Top PhD Careers, Ranked

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he reviews the top four careers for PhDs in 2023 and dives into detail about what makes these roles so great In this week’s episode: First, Isaiah takes a look at what enterprise architects do and how much they earn Next, he explores data science and discusses why this role is a great fit for PhDS Finally, Isaiah shifts his focus to project management roles, explaining what the role entails and why PhDs are in such high demand From This Week’s Show… Careers Where PhDs Are In High Demand Top 2023’s Most-Popular List This Year Every year,…

What Company Culture Is Best For You?

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he takes a deep dive into work cultures and how being in the wrong culture can put your career on the wrong path First, Isaiah breaks down the meanings behind company cultures Second, he covers the types of company cultures Finally, he weighs the pros and cons of each type of company culture From This Week’s Show… Company Culture Can Have A Huge Impact On How Others Perceive An Entire Company, Not Just Their Product Company culture is not static – it changes over time and adapts to the evolving needs of a business. But in order…

Industry Or Academia? More Like "Feast Or Famine"

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah for a frank talk about the ups and downs of academia PhDs are facing right now First, Isaiah covers the statistics most PhDs need to face up to Next, he shines a light on the demand for PhDs in industry Finally, he wraps up with job-searching tips From This Week’s Show… 53% of PhD Students Begin Their Degree Aiming For a Professorship But Only 3% Actually Achieve That Goal Your odds of getting tenure now are less than half of a percent, at best. Tenure is dead. Everyone knows now that academia is broken. And there’s no way…

The Power Of The Functional Resume: A Game-Changer for PhDs Seeking Industry Roles

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Sometimes you’re too close to a situation to really understand it. That was definitely the case for me when it came to my industry resume.  As a PhD leaving academia, it took me a long time to understand that I was wasting my time submitting an academic CV to industry employers. It wasn’t until I was hired in an industry role that I understood there was a specific resume format for people like me. When I had a chance to shadow an industry recruiter, that’s when I really understood the goal of a resume – the zoomed-out view that I…

Haven't Updated LinkedIn In Forever? This Is For You

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he walks us through getting your LinkedIn back on track and functional In this week’s episode: First, Isaiah covers why you need to be keeping up with LinkedIn Next, he covers the main mistakes most LinkedIn users are making Lastly, Isaiah covers engagement how-tos, how to know your LinkedIn is working, and what to do to keep up with it From This Week’s Show… Understand That LinkedIn Is A Professional Social Network…Emphasis On Social By posting, commenting, and sharing regularly, you can build rapport with your target sectors of industry and with specific companies themselves. 98% of…

Too Old To Transition? Ageism An Issue? Read This...

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as takes a look at proactive strategies PhDs can use to protect themselves against ageism in the workplace In this week’s episode: First, Isaiah concedes that ageism is a problem some adults age 45 and over face in industry Next, he reminds PhDs that they are in control of their own internal bias, and encourages them not to overwhelm themselves with their own negative stereotypes Finally, Isaiah shares some tips PhDs can use to keep ageism at bay during their industry job search and beyond From This Week’s Show… Ageism Is An Unfortunate Reality For Many PhDs Age…

Best Of Transition: PhD Jobs & Job Search Strategies May 20th, 2023

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Every week, we at Cheeky Scientist scour the Internet for the best articles on topics that help in the search for the Best of Transition: PhD Job Search in the industry. Our two consultants independently search for the most informative articles in the categories of networking, CVs/resumes, interviews, transferable skills, academic blues, industry positions, and business acumen. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and a top overall article for the week – if it’s a recent article that can help readers find and acquire PhD jobs, then we want to include it in this weekly digest.…