Enjoy Personal Fulfillment And A Comfortable Salary As You Serve The Public With Your PhD

Introducing The Government Careers Union By Cheeky Scientist

The Government Careers Union, or GCU, will ensure you get into a comfortable-paying Government career where you will leverage your communication and leadership skills to serve the general public. The GCU board members are PhDs currently working in the public sector, and they will teach you about government careers, how to communicate your relevant experience throughout all steps of the hiring process, and how to find the right Government career for you—no matter your background. This is the only program designed specifically for PhDs by other PhDs currently working in top Government 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.

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.

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.

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Melting Technology Engineer
Corning

As many of you PhDs have experienced, there's really not much guidance as to how to structure your resume for industry. That was one challenge for sure, because after uploading my resume in its previous form I usually didn't get any kind of response. Knowing how to tailor a resume to a specific position was a big challenge, but...after taking care of that it becomes a lot easier.

Dennis Oriero, PhD

Dennis Oriero, PhD

Product Manufacturing Engineer
Honeywell

My situation was a little bit different in the sense that I was already in industry but I wanted to transition into a different industrial sector. The main challenge I had was marketing myself in terms of transferable skills to the new industry that I was targeting. That was a huge challenge for me. I had interviews, went for on-site visits, and most of the interviews I felt like I did quite well and was hoping for a job offer, but it never materialized. I started asking myself, what was it I wasn't doing right. That's when I joined the Association. The Association provided a lot of valuable resources, from webinars to resume resources, information on negotiating salary, and the private group.

About The Government Careers Union

As soon as you become a GCU member, you get access to the GCU training dashboard, which includes 4 training modules with 40+ training videos, 8 advanced training workbooks, transcripts, and slide decks. You also get access to monthly members-only webinars about relevant topics Government Careers. Finally, you get lifetime access to a private job referral network of Government Professionals, and guaranteed feedback from these Government Career Specialists on any job search-related question so you can get hired in a Government Position now.

Here’s the Targeted Training You’ll Receive From The Government Careers Union...

Module #1

Working For The Government – Essentials

You know you want a career in the public sector. As such, you want to learn about public institutions and how they operate. This module covers…

  • Government Systems. This module describes the government’s role in society. You’ll learn about the most common government systems and the many functions that governments perform.
  • Governmental Entities. This module outlines the levels of government from local municipalities to global/international entities. It also describes governmental departments and intergovernmental organizations that focus on specific topics of public importance.
  • Core Values. This module details the central values and key personal characteristics common among those who find fulfillment in public sector careers.
  • Public Sector Career Differentiators. This module explains what makes working in the public sector different from working in the private sector or academia. You’ll find out what to expect from a career in the public sector in terms of structure, work-life balance, salary, career progression, and more.

Module #2

Research And Development In The Public Sector

You want to know what a career as a scientist in the public sector looks like day-to-day and what skills are needed for success. This module covers…

  • Government Scientist Employers. This module covers some of the governmental and intergovernmental institutions that hire PhD researchers either directly or as contractors. You’ll find out where to look for these jobs based on your specific interests and expertise.
  • Research In Government Vs. Academia. This module explains how working as a scientist for the government differs from your experience doing research in academia. You’ll learn about some of the duties that are unique to public sector scientists as well as some of the advantages of government research jobs.
  • Essential Skills For Public Sector Scientists. This module highlights the top technical and transferable skills you’ll need to succeed as a researcher in the public sector.
  • Subject-Specific Job Profiles. The public sector employs researchers with PhDs in biology, engineering, physical science, environmental science, and more. This module uses a few specific examples to show what the day-to-day work is like for scientists in these disciplines.

Module #3

PhD-Level Government Careers

Scientist jobs aren’t the only option for PhDs in the public sector. Governmental entities also employ PhDs in data-intensive, policy, regulatory, and managerial roles. This module covers….

  • Numbers-Intensive Positions. PhDs who enjoy data analysis can work in the public sector as data scientists, statisticians, economists, and other numbers-heavy roles. This module describes these positions and the important roles they play in the government.
  • Skills For Data-Heavy Jobs. This module outlines the skill sets commonly required for numbers-intensive government jobs. It also highlights the characteristics of PhDs who thrive in these roles.
  • The World Of Policy, Regulations, And Program Management. PhDs can find rewarding roles in the government as policy officers, regulatory affairs professionals, technical writers, and program managers. In this module, you’ll learn what each of these roles entails.
  • Motivators For Policy And Regulatory Professionals. You’ll find out what interests inspire PhDs to choose policy and regulatory roles. You’ll learn what activities you will need to enjoy in order to succeed in these roles.

Module #4

Applying For And Landing A Government Job

The public sector uses a unique hiring process, and you’ll need to design your job search accordingly to secure a job offer. This module covers….

  • Finding More Information. This module explains how you can gain experience working in the government and network to learn more about roles that interest you. You’ll learn how to get the knowledge you need to make an informed decision about and facilitate your transition into a government career.
  • Transferable Skills. Interpersonal, communication, and management skills are important for many PhD-level government careers. This module explains how you developed these and other valuable transferable skills during your PhD.
  • Job Search Strategy. This module details the unique features of the public sector hiring process. You’ll get tips on how to prepare your resume, find job openings, prepare for interviews, and more.
  • Application Checklist. Government jobs are much stricter than industry jobs in terms of what they require of applicants. In this module, you’ll learn what criteria you should meet before investing in a particular application.

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The #1 Government Career Training Program For PhDs Only

This is the only program designed specifically for PhDs by other PhDs currently working in top Government roles. The GCU program leaders and board members have already made their transition and they currently work in different government agencies and intergovernmental organizations across the world. This program will ensure your transition into a comfortable-paying and well-respected Government position, even if you don’t have previous experience out of academia. Once you are hired into a Government position, you will be able to directly impact the lives of tax payers by influencing which policies, procedures, and projects come into effect.

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.

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.

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.

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Melting Technology Engineer
Corning

As many of you PhDs have experienced, there's really not much guidance as to how to structure your resume for industry. That was one challenge for sure, because after uploading my resume in its previous form I usually didn't get any kind of response. Knowing how to tailor a resume to a specific position was a big challenge, but...after taking care of that it becomes a lot easier.

Dennis Oriero, PhD

Dennis Oriero, PhD

Product Manufacturing Engineer
Honeywell

My situation was a little bit different in the sense that I was already in industry but I wanted to transition into a different industrial sector. The main challenge I had was marketing myself in terms of transferable skills to the new industry that I was targeting. That was a huge challenge for me. I had interviews, went for on-site visits, and most of the interviews I felt like I did quite well and was hoping for a job offer, but it never materialized. I started asking myself, what was it I wasn't doing right. That's when I joined the Association. The Association provided a lot of valuable resources, from webinars to resume resources, information on negotiating salary, and the private group.

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$86,000 Median entry-level salary for a PhD working in US Government (NSF)
1,000+ Worldwide public sector job listings that require a PhD (SimplyHired)
16+ Different top career opportunities for PhDs (CSA Research)
$ 457 Billion The government retirement savings plan that doesn't have the early withdraw penalty present in the 401(k) (GovWorker)
300+ Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) around the world where PhDs find impactful careers (National Geographic)

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