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Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (August 9, 2015)

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (August 9, 2015)

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

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 here.

Why A Postdoctoral Researcher Position Pays Less Than A Librarian Salary

Why A Postdoctoral Researcher Position Pays Less Than A Librarian Salary

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Postdocs are not valuable in academia. It’s simple economics. The supply of postdocs in academia far exceeds the demand for them. This makes postdocs essentially worthless in academia. The data don’t lie. Postdocs make less than librarians, mail carriers, and garbage collectors. This means that if you’re an academic postdoc, professionally you are worth less than librarians, mail carriers, and garbage collectors. The end. This can't be denied. The good news is that in industry you are worth much more. The only way to escape a dead end postdoc is to develop an intelligent job search strategy. But before you do this, you need to drop your poor academic mindset. You need to change your perspective and change what you value. Here are 3 stories of people who did changed their perspectives, took action, and got the industry positions they wanted.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (August 2, 2015)

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (August 2, 2015)

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

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 here.

How To Stop Academia From Turning You Into A Weak Minded PhD

How To Stop Academia From Turning You Into A Weak Minded PhD

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Too many PhDs and PhD students become mentally weak in academia. These highly intelligent individuals get caught in the vicious circle of accepting less than they’re worth and feeling entitled to something better. Academia can either be a launching pad for your personal and professional growth, or a breeding ground for negativity, isolation, and despair. Ultimately, it’s your call. You must decide what you will tolerate in academia and what you will not tolerate. What will your boundaries be? What will you accept for yourself? What are you doing to improve your situation? How you answer these questions will determine whether or not you become mentally weak in academia. Here are 5 keys to staying mentally tough and using academia as a launching pad for your professional success.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (July 26, 2015)

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (July 26, 2015)

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

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 here.

9 Ways To Manage And Overcome Academic Stress And Transition Into Industry

9 Ways To Manage And Overcome Academic Stress And Transition Into Industry

By: Catherine Sorbara, PhD

Things may be depressing in academia, but you don’t have to be depressed. Academia is no longer able to provide PhDs with jobs, funding, or even support. But there are many things you can do to avoid academic stress. You can make a decision to stop giving everything to a system that has nothing to offer you in return. You can decide to leave this broken system and transition into a non-academic career. This decision alone can make you feel better. At the same time, you can work to develop a kind of immune system against the doom and gloom in academia. The only way to develop this immune system is to set up some new positive habits for yourself. Here are 9 habits that will help you overcome academic stress.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (July 19, 2015)

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (July 19, 2015)

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

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 here.

Why PhDs Shouldn't Overlook A Career With A Nonprofit Organization

Why PhDs Shouldn't Overlook A Career With A Nonprofit Organization

By: Janay Cody

The majority of PhD students and postdocs do not consider nonprofit work an option for them. They believe that doing nonprofit work means you don’t make any money. As if doing meaningful work and being paid well for it is impossible. Or, they believe that nonprofit work is not significant. As if the phrase “nonprofit” means not-good-enough or not-important or less-than. The truth is the nonprofit sector is very powerful and full of great job opportunities. If you’re a PhD who wants to have a bigger impact on the world, consider pursuing a career in the nonprofit industry. Nonprofits are in need of talented PhDs with advanced knowledge and skills who can think critically, devise new ideas, and apply their expertise to solve big problems. Many of these nonprofit organizations value research and see such work as necessary to advance their mission. Here are 4 tips for getting a nonprofit job in industry.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (July 12, 2015)

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (July 12, 2015)

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

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. The best articles for the week of July 12, 2015 are here.

How To Build Relationships With Biotech And Biopharmaceutical Recruiters (With Email Templates)

How To Build Relationships With Biotech And Biopharmaceutical Recruiters (With Email Templates)

By: Nikolett Biel, PhD

The recruiting process is an important part of transitioning into industry and should not be ignored. Doing your homework on the company and position you’re interested in is not enough to secure a non-academic job. You also need to do your homework on the recruiting agency that will best fit your needs. You need to build relationships with these agencies and, more importantly, with individual recruiters. The key is that most recruiters are NOT going to seek you out. You must seek them out. You must send emails, cold call, and follow up over and over until you’ve built a strong relationship. Only then will you become known in the recruiting world and start having job offers sent to you personally. Here are 5 tips for successfully building relationships with biotech and biopharmaceutical recruiters.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (July 5, 2015)

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (July 5, 2015)

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

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 here.

6 Networking Event Tips For Quiet Introvert PhDs (Like Me)

6 Networking Event Tips For Quiet Introvert PhDs (Like Me)

By: Todd Nolan

If you feel out of place at noisy, crowded networking events, you’re not alone. Studies show that that introverts make up one-third to half of the population. Once you realize you're not alone in your fear or discomfort of networking, things will start getting better. Those other smiling faces at the networking events you've been attending are uncomfortable too. Like you, they’re human. By executing the right strategies, you can start channeling your nervous energy productively. You can go from hiding in the corner at networking events to easily walking up to someone to introduce yourself and ask intelligent questions. Here’s are 6 things you can do to overcome and leverage your introverted tendencies to become an expert networker.

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