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Business Development Federation

The Business Development Federation, or BDF, will ensure you get into a high-paying Business Development career where you will leverage your research, analysis, and communication skills to help companies create long term plans to ensure growth and increase in revenue. The BDF program leader and board members are Business Developers currently working in industry, and they will teach you about the Business Development field, how to communicate your relevant experience throughout all steps of the hiring process, and how to find the right Business Development career for you—no matter your background. This is the only program designed specifically for PhDs by other PhDs currently working in top Business Development roles.

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Success Stories

Disharee Nath, PhD

Disharee Nath, PhD

Associate Medical Director
Cambridge BioMarketing

Cheeky Scientist was instrumental for me. I got a lot of guidelines for how to get started, and the biggest decision for me was to make it my priority. Having a very specific set of goals made it easier to focus and put my entire energy into it.

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
Sterling Pharma Solutions

I wanted to change my current job and I had been trying for at least the last six to seven months. I had applied, applied, applied, gone through all the people I know, contacted them, forwarded my resume. I had done every possible thing, applied for 90 or 100 jobs and had not heard back from a single position. I really learned a lot from Cheeky Scientist--how to prevent yourself in an interview situation, what to answer and what not to answer. The most helpful part for me was the salary negotiation guidance, which was phenomenal.

Brent Ware, PhD

Brent Ware, PhD

Medical Device Analyst
Medtronic

I think my biggest "aha moment" [after joining the Association] was that companies are looking for what the PhD means, and not the PhD itself. They're looking for people that can solve problems, who can manage projects, manage time, manage people, something that we're used to as PhD students every day.

Shantanu Pal, PhD

Shantanu Pal, PhD

Optics Engineer
SigTuple

In India when there are job openings, sometimes there will be thousands of applications, so to get noticed among this many applications, I had to do something different that other people were not doing. After I joined the Association I learned a lot, right now I'm getting a lot of responses. After joining the Association the way I'm conducting the job search process is completely different.

Shobeir Mazinani, PhD

Shobeir Mazinani, PhD

Senior Scientist, Bioprocess Development
Seagen

Right after my PhD I knew I did not want to go into academia and the postdoc path. So I started applying for non-academic positions, but there were two problems. First, I did not know which job titles I might be eligible to apply to. The other part was that all my thought process, my resume, my LinkedIn, everything was academic. Before joining the Association I was lost, I was discouraged. After joining the Association, things started to be a lot different.

Arunodoy Sur, PhD

Arunodoy Sur, PhD

Technology Licensing Officer
Nova Southeastern University

First I went to the career development center at my university, and I was very disappointed with the feedback that I got. The main issue with career development centers at various universities is that the advice they give is tailored for undergrads. While going through this process I was trying to find some organization or some person that would be able to give me the proper advice. The whole concept of Cheeky Scientist being by PhDs, for PhDs, and how to transition out of academia, these three things are very unique. I wish that I had got this before graduating, but I'm getting it after graduating and now I'm in a position to help others.

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Advanced Application Engineer (Bioinformatics)
Agilent Technologies

First of all, the resume template that we get from Cheeky Scientist is absolutely amazing. The moment I did that change, I started getting results. I started getting calls from interviewers. Every third or fourth day, I had an interview.

Julie Goulet, PhD

Julie Goulet, PhD

Data Scientist
Ludwig-Maximilians Üniversität München

[Joining the Cheeky Scientist Association] helped me a lot to meet people. It was really good to meet people, to speak about our challenges. We had a meetup in Munich recently, five of us who had all already transitioned, so it was really interesting. I think it helps to get other points of views, to get the perspectives of others.

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Clinical Trial Coordinator

Before coming to this field I didn't really know what an MSL was. The MSLA program was excellent because it's not just like any other program on the internet. It's a group of like-minded, positive-minded people, MSLs in big companies. The MSLA group is so supportive. If you have a question, just type it in and a hundred MSLA members will jump in.

Rhianna Laker, PhD

Rhianna Laker, PhD

Scientist I
MedImmune

The biggest challenge for me to start with, was just to get people to notice me, basically. You look on LinkedIn and see all these job advertisements and don't know how to get your resume in front of the right people. That was really the first thing I needed help with, and once I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association and began learning the networking techniques, it really changed my whole job search.

Yoanne Clovis, PhD

Yoanne Clovis, PhD

COVID-19 Environment Testing Marketing Lead
EnviralTech

I had a hard time accepting the fact that I had to network, and that my PhD and resume were not enough to find a job. Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association I definitely was lost. I had sent many resumes with no response whatsoever, and I didn't know where to go. I was just lost. For me, the "aha moment" came on Day 1. I was invited to the private group, and I think after an hour I had already gotten my money's worth.

Paige Castleman, PhD

Paige Castleman, PhD

Evidence Evaluation Specialist

Job search techniques? I had none. I didn't know where to start, and I only knew how to make an academic CV, I did not know how to make a resume, I didn't know that it didn't need to be longer than two pages maximum. And then networking, I'd only networked on campus, which still gave me good connections but they weren't industry connections. So since then I've been networking on LinkedIn and just anywhere I go. If I learn that someone could potentially help me or I could help them, "Hi, my name is Paige. Nice to meet you."

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Medical Writer - Informed Consent Specialist
Merck

I want to thank the CSA team since I never would have made it to this point without you! I have been a member since Jan 2018 and began seriously applying to positions in June, so it took me about 3 months and 3 interviews before finding the right fit.

Emil Chuck, PhD

Emil Chuck, PhD

Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

I joined Cheeky Scientist a few months before I actually left my position, and a lot of things that did come out from Cheeky did help me bear the impact of leaving a very good job, and help tie me over to what I'm doing now. You just have to learn to trust yourself that this isn't the right place to be, so get out as soon as you can.

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Technical Writer
CBTS

CSA helped me realize all the transferable skills I had, like writing, mentoring, leadership, and administration. Until it was presented to me in the Association, I didn't realize what skillsets I had that maybe other people didn't have. That was huge.

About The Business Development Federation

As soon as you become a BDF member, you get access to the BDF training dashboard, which includes 4 training modules with 40+ training videos, and 8 advanced training workbooks. You also get access to monthly members-only webinars about relevant topics in Business Development. Finally, you get lifetime access to a private job referral network of Business Developers and Business Development hiring managers, and guaranteed feedback from these Business Developers 24/7 on any job search-related question so you can get hired as a Business Developer now.

Here’s the Targeted Training You’ll Receive from the Business Development Federation

Module #1 – Business Development: What You Should Know

You know you want to be a business developer, but you aren’t completely sure of what the role encompasses nor which companies hire business developers. This module covers…

  • What business development is and what the role of a business developer encompasses. You’ll get insights on the importance of business development in each department of a company, and what the goals of business developers are.
  • What is a business plan? You will learn why companies need a business plan and how business developers influence this plan. You will also explore the bottom line of business development and what an outstanding business developer should know.
  • How a business development role is different from a role in sales. This module presents the difference between business development and sales, what the goals are for these two departments, and how they interact with each other.
  • The importance of business development. This module will show you why companies need to invest in business development and why a good business development strategy can make or break a company.

Module #2 – A Day In The Life And Relevant Skills

You want to know what being a business developer looks like and the keys to success in this position. This module covers…

  • What a day in the life of a business developer looks like. This module explores the main activities that business developers must perform on a day to day basis. It also discusses how to perform each of those tasks efficiently.
  • Salary expectations for business developers. This module gives some insights into the salary expectations of business developers working in different positions and different industries.
  • The types of skills that business developers need. Business developers need a combination of transferable and business skills to succeed in their role. This module dives deep into the most relevant skills for business developers, how they are measured in the role, and how you have developed most of them during your PhD.

Module #3 – The Business Development Job Search Process

When it comes to securing a job offer as a business developer, you can significantly improve your chances with the right techniques. This module covers….

  • Key strategies to build a network that will help you transition into the business development field. Most business development positions are filled through referrals, so you need to have a strong network in place before you start applying. This module will cover the basics of networking, how to set up informational interviews, and how to generate referrals.
  • Critical insights into how to craft a LinkedIn profile and resume that make you look like an experienced business developer and help you improve your visibility and credibility to industry professionals.
  • What the business development hiring process looks like, from phone screens to on-site interviews. This module goes through the different rounds of the interview process and gives valuable insights on how to prepare for each of them.
  • Questions to prepare and questions to ask. You’ll also learn what critical questions you can expect during the interview process, and how to answer those questions to ensure you wow employers.

Module #4 – Career Progression In Business Development

What steps can you take to continue growing professionally and personally once you secure a position as a business developer? This module covers…

  • The differences between Early Stage Startups, Growth Stage Startups, and Established Companies. The business development plan of a company varies greatly depending on its size and position in the market. This module will show you what business developers should consider when targeting each of these company types.
  • The onboarding process. A good onboarding process plays a significant role in employee retention and job satisfaction. This module presents the most relevant aspects of the onboarding process and what you can do to ensure your onboarding is successful.
  • How to progress in your business development career. The business developer position offers many opportunities for career growth. This module examines which vertical moves are more common for business developers and what climbing the vertical ladder looks like for this position.
  • What your future may hold as a business developer. Understand the different career paths you can take once you gain experience in business development. This module will help you understand the potential horizontal moves you can make and how they relate to your business development and PhD experience.

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The #1 Business Development Training Program For PhDs

This program will ensure you get into a high-paying Business Development position that will allow you to actively help companies across different industries to set up successful relationships with other companies.

The BDF program leader and board members are Business Developers currently working in industry, and they will teach you about the Business Development field, how to communicate your relevant experience throughout all steps of the hiring process, and how to find the right Business Development career for you—no matter your background. This is the only program designed specifically for PhDs by other PhDs currently working in top Business Development roles.

Success Stories

Disharee Nath, PhD

Disharee Nath, PhD

Associate Medical Director
Cambridge BioMarketing

Cheeky Scientist was instrumental for me. I got a lot of guidelines for how to get started, and the biggest decision for me was to make it my priority. Having a very specific set of goals made it easier to focus and put my entire energy into it.

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
Sterling Pharma Solutions

I wanted to change my current job and I had been trying for at least the last six to seven months. I had applied, applied, applied, gone through all the people I know, contacted them, forwarded my resume. I had done every possible thing, applied for 90 or 100 jobs and had not heard back from a single position. I really learned a lot from Cheeky Scientist--how to prevent yourself in an interview situation, what to answer and what not to answer. The most helpful part for me was the salary negotiation guidance, which was phenomenal.

Brent Ware, PhD

Brent Ware, PhD

Medical Device Analyst
Medtronic

I think my biggest "aha moment" [after joining the Association] was that companies are looking for what the PhD means, and not the PhD itself. They're looking for people that can solve problems, who can manage projects, manage time, manage people, something that we're used to as PhD students every day.

Shantanu Pal, PhD

Shantanu Pal, PhD

Optics Engineer
SigTuple

In India when there are job openings, sometimes there will be thousands of applications, so to get noticed among this many applications, I had to do something different that other people were not doing. After I joined the Association I learned a lot, right now I'm getting a lot of responses. After joining the Association the way I'm conducting the job search process is completely different.

Shobeir Mazinani, PhD

Shobeir Mazinani, PhD

Senior Scientist, Bioprocess Development
Seagen

Right after my PhD I knew I did not want to go into academia and the postdoc path. So I started applying for non-academic positions, but there were two problems. First, I did not know which job titles I might be eligible to apply to. The other part was that all my thought process, my resume, my LinkedIn, everything was academic. Before joining the Association I was lost, I was discouraged. After joining the Association, things started to be a lot different.

Arunodoy Sur, PhD

Arunodoy Sur, PhD

Technology Licensing Officer
Nova Southeastern University

First I went to the career development center at my university, and I was very disappointed with the feedback that I got. The main issue with career development centers at various universities is that the advice they give is tailored for undergrads. While going through this process I was trying to find some organization or some person that would be able to give me the proper advice. The whole concept of Cheeky Scientist being by PhDs, for PhDs, and how to transition out of academia, these three things are very unique. I wish that I had got this before graduating, but I'm getting it after graduating and now I'm in a position to help others.

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Advanced Application Engineer (Bioinformatics)
Agilent Technologies

First of all, the resume template that we get from Cheeky Scientist is absolutely amazing. The moment I did that change, I started getting results. I started getting calls from interviewers. Every third or fourth day, I had an interview.

Julie Goulet, PhD

Julie Goulet, PhD

Data Scientist
Ludwig-Maximilians Üniversität München

[Joining the Cheeky Scientist Association] helped me a lot to meet people. It was really good to meet people, to speak about our challenges. We had a meetup in Munich recently, five of us who had all already transitioned, so it was really interesting. I think it helps to get other points of views, to get the perspectives of others.

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Clinical Trial Coordinator

Before coming to this field I didn't really know what an MSL was. The MSLA program was excellent because it's not just like any other program on the internet. It's a group of like-minded, positive-minded people, MSLs in big companies. The MSLA group is so supportive. If you have a question, just type it in and a hundred MSLA members will jump in.

Rhianna Laker, PhD

Rhianna Laker, PhD

Scientist I
MedImmune

The biggest challenge for me to start with, was just to get people to notice me, basically. You look on LinkedIn and see all these job advertisements and don't know how to get your resume in front of the right people. That was really the first thing I needed help with, and once I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association and began learning the networking techniques, it really changed my whole job search.

Yoanne Clovis, PhD

Yoanne Clovis, PhD

COVID-19 Environment Testing Marketing Lead
EnviralTech

I had a hard time accepting the fact that I had to network, and that my PhD and resume were not enough to find a job. Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association I definitely was lost. I had sent many resumes with no response whatsoever, and I didn't know where to go. I was just lost. For me, the "aha moment" came on Day 1. I was invited to the private group, and I think after an hour I had already gotten my money's worth.

Paige Castleman, PhD

Paige Castleman, PhD

Evidence Evaluation Specialist

Job search techniques? I had none. I didn't know where to start, and I only knew how to make an academic CV, I did not know how to make a resume, I didn't know that it didn't need to be longer than two pages maximum. And then networking, I'd only networked on campus, which still gave me good connections but they weren't industry connections. So since then I've been networking on LinkedIn and just anywhere I go. If I learn that someone could potentially help me or I could help them, "Hi, my name is Paige. Nice to meet you."

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Medical Writer - Informed Consent Specialist
Merck

I want to thank the CSA team since I never would have made it to this point without you! I have been a member since Jan 2018 and began seriously applying to positions in June, so it took me about 3 months and 3 interviews before finding the right fit.

Emil Chuck, PhD

Emil Chuck, PhD

Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

I joined Cheeky Scientist a few months before I actually left my position, and a lot of things that did come out from Cheeky did help me bear the impact of leaving a very good job, and help tie me over to what I'm doing now. You just have to learn to trust yourself that this isn't the right place to be, so get out as soon as you can.

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Technical Writer
CBTS

CSA helped me realize all the transferable skills I had, like writing, mentoring, leadership, and administration. Until it was presented to me in the Association, I didn't realize what skillsets I had that maybe other people didn't have. That was huge.

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13% increased hiring rate for business developers
$60B+ US & Europe market worth (Harvard Business School)
$127,000 is the average salary for business development managers (Salary.com)
$165,000 average salary for business development managers with 2+ years of experience (Salary.com)
3x the growth rate for companies that hire business developers
33%+ of companies use online business platforms (Roth Associates)

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