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Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (October 16th, 2016)

Best Industry Transition Articles For PhDs June 20 2015

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

We have two consultants independently search for the most informative articles on networking, CVs/resumes, transferable skills, interviews, academic blues, and industry positions.

Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and for a top overall article each week. This week’s best articles are…

Top Overall

*So You Think Management Consulting Is Right For You? Think Again!* – Deniz Sasal


TOP  8 Networking Tricks For Introverts To Ease Your Awkwardness –Victoria Holt

6 Networking Tips For Graduate Students – Chris Sroka

Networking To Create Opportunities: Tips From A Graduate Student –Wajihah Mughal

No. 1 Networking Tip For Young Professionals: Be Genuine – Alicia Renee


TOP Five Tips For Nailing A Cover Letter Opening Statement – James Hu

Common Cover Letter Mistakes – Philip Charsley

The 5 Errors That Are Sending Your Resume To The “No” Pile – Marie Zimenoff

Are There Really ‘No Rules For Resumes? – Jim Schreier


TOP Thank-You Notes Still Matter: 3 Tips For Writing A Great One – Shannon Gausepohl

6 Tips For Responding To “Do You Have Any Questions For Me?” – Michelle Lopez

Five Things Every Six-Figure Job-Seeker Needs To Know – Liz Ryan

The Follow-Up Email Every Job Seeker Needs To Know How To Write – Adrian Granzella Larssen

Transferable Skills

TOP Stop Trying To Sound Smart When You’re Writing – Liane Davey

3 Ways To Conduct Critical Company Research – Virginia Franco

What To Consider When You’re Thinking About Jobs – Maggie Kuo

What Genuinely Confident People Do Differently – Dr. Travis Bradberry

Academic Blues

TOP Surviving And Thriving In Academia As A Young Female Academic – Eva Lantsoght

Postdoc Mysteries  – Beryl Lieff Benderly

The 7 Biggest Problems Facing Science – Julia Belluz, Brad Plumer and Brian Resnick

“This Is It”: How Is Baking A Cake Similar To Doing A PhD? – Ruth Patchett

Industry Positions

TOP So You Think Management Consulting Is Right For You? Think Again! – Deniz Sasal

Personal Branding Toolbox For Your Job Search – Tracy Darchini

7 Things To Know Before Taking A Biotech Startup Job – Luke Timmerman

Industry Vs. Academia: Which Is The Better Place To Work As A Life Scientist? – Mark Terry

Business Acumen

TOP What Explains The Boom In Pharmaceutical M&A? – Hassan Mazhar

Crowd Funding And Commercialization – Dipanjan Nag

Making Microfinance More Effective – Dean Karlan, Rebecca Mann, Jake Kendall, Rohini Pande, Tavneet Suri and Jonathan Zinman

Making Change: Implementing A New Ownership Style After A Small Business Acquisition – Bob House

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Cathy Sorbara, Ph.D. & Arunodoy Sur, Ph.D.

Cathy Sorbara, Ph.D. & Arunodoy Sur, Ph.D.

Cathy has a PhD in Medical Life Science and Technology and currently works as a publishing editor in Cambridge, England. Arunodoy is a PhD in Integrative Biology and has training in intellectual property, entrepreneurship, and venture capitalism.
Cathy Sorbara, Ph.D. & Arunodoy Sur, Ph.D.
  • Matthew Smithson PhD

    Great! I look forward to these every time they come out! Thanks, Cathy and Arunodoy!

  • Winona Petit

    I love the winning article about management consulting. It’s funny but informative, and fills you in on the ins and outs of the job. I happen to agree with the author. As a higher-level manager, I got a taste of traveling too much, dealing with many personalities, high pressure, etc. It wasn’t so bad when I was younger but priorities change over time and you find out that you just don’t want to keep up with that kind of pace over the long haul. Anyway a really good read … I recommend it!

  • Carlie Stevenson, PhD

    I’m glad you included the article about M&A. I’ve been hearing a lot from all points of view about mergers and acquisitions, from the worry on behalf of companies that profits are at risk as patents expire and research costs are on the rise to the worry from consumers that M&A undermines competition and tends to build bigger and bigger empires controlling more of the market. I think the article helps us to understand more of what’s going on behind the scenes so we can speak to all issues as it comes up.

  • Kathy Azalea

    As a young female academic, I like the article about how to survive that! It’s always good for us women to stick together!

  • Marvin D’Esprit

    I’m mostly interested in the ones about cover letters and networking, but they all look great. I really appreciate the time you take to bring these to us.

  • Madeline Rosemary

    I’m really interested in the business-related category. The articles on crowdfunding and microlending are particularly good. For those students who are graduating/defending with a business idea in hand, these sites are particularly pertinent.

  • Julian Holst

    Really fascinating overview of several key areas that I’m intensely interested in. I’ve only had a chance to skim a few of them, but the one about start-ups by Luke Timmerman is spot on. There’s a lot to think about now that the end of the academic lifestyle is getting closer and closer for me. Thanks for making it as easy as possible to find the information.

  • Sissy MacDougall

    As I recall looking for my first position after getting my Master’s, I remember the overwhelm effect. This is great work you’re doing, not just for those of us who are trying to stay current, but also for those in the workplace who are building up their credentials for advancement and the ones who are just graduating. It’s a great service.

  • Willow Sampson

    I REALLY liked the 8 networking tips for introverts. Great ideas, and I already feel relief because I can see how easy and practical they are.

  • Sonja Luther

    Wow! This is an unusually good selection. I love the one about joining a biotech startup and the branding toolbox. I also read a few just for fun, like the one about how to make changes to an existing business after you’ve acquired it, and the Postdoc Mysteries, which sounded like fun, but was actually eye-opening.