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Best Industry Transition Articles For PhDs (February 1st, 2020)

Every week, we scour the Internet for the best industry transition articles for PhDs – so you don’t have to!

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.

This week’s best articles are…

Top Overall


Top: 6 Foolproof Ways to NetworkKarin Lykke Nielsen

Why You Should Network More This YearShelcy V. Joseph

An Adult’s Guide to Social Skills, for Those Who Were Never TaughtEric Ravenscraft

Before applying for your dream science job, Google thyselfAdam Ruben


Top: Does Your Resume Pass The 60 Second Test?Ashira Prossack

5 Resume Skills That Will Impress Any Hiring ManagerKenadi Silcox

5 must-know tips for getting hired after a career break – Ginny Brzezinski

The truth about the career change cover letter (plus how and when to write one) – Jennifer Fabiano.


Top: How to prepare for a successful job interview – Angelica Civitella

4 Mistakes To Avoid In A Job InterviewAshira Prossack

This Is the Best Interview Question to Ask to Evaluate Someone’s Self-Awareness – Emma Brudner

How to ace the interview question “Why should we hire you?” and why it’s so important – Jennifer Fabiano

Transferable Skills

Top: Top tips for getting your science out thereCraig Cormick

5 Of The Most In-Demand Soft Skills Companies Are Looking For This Year – Naz Beheshti

Hiring managers want to see you showcase these skills in your next job interview – Karen Gilchrist

If You Say Yes to Any of These 3 Questions, Your Leadership Skills Are Way Better Than Those of Most Managers – Marcel Schwantes

Academic Blues

Top: How Getting Involved Can Get You AheadMelissa Dalgleish

My Ph.D. adviser fired me. Here’s how I moved on –  Anurag Srivastava

How two Stanford students turned mental health struggles into art – Alex Kekauoha.

 ‘There’s a reason for doing something so difficult’: what to expect from a PhD – Raphael Garcia.

Industry Positions

Top: How founding a company compares to graduate schoolAdam Chekroud

How to Convince Your Boss You Should Be a ManagerJessica Powell

How to Become a Product Leader — Not Just a Product Manager – Madeleine Hester

Top 10 jobs for 2020, according to GlassdoorTribune News Service

Business Acumen

Top: Digital innovation is leading the charge to better patient outcomes AmerisourceBergen

The evolution of industry-academia relationships in pharmaDavid Lewis

What Businesses Can Do In Response To The CoronavirusChloe Demrovsky

Sixteen Leading Quants Imagine the Next Decade in Global FinanceJustina Lee


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Isaiah Hankel

Chief Executive Officer at Cheeky Scientist
Isaiah Hankel holds a PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology. An expert in the biotechnology industry, he specializes in helping other PhDs transition into cutting-edge industry career tracks.

Isaiah believes--from personal experience--that if you feel stuck somewhere in your life, it’s a clear sign that you need to make a change. Don’t sit still and wait for the world to tell you what to do. Start a new project. Build your own business. Take action. Experimentation is the best teacher.

Isaiah is an internationally recognized Fortune 500 consultant, CEO of Cheeky Scientist, and author of the straight-talk bestsellers Black Hole Focus and The Science of Intelligent Achievement.
Isaiah Hankel


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