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Use Your PhD To Start And Grow A Successful Business

Introducing PhDCEO By Cheeky Scientist

Being a PhD and an entrepreneur is rare. Investors know this, and we know this ourselves. We are PhDs who have chosen to innovate and lead businesses.

Whether you already have an idea for starting a business or a second stream of income, or you are trying to decide on the right idea, this program is for you.

If you work for a startup or want to work for a startup and are interested in understanding how startups grow, how to get equity, or how to pitch investors, this program is for you.

If you’re a freelance writer or editor or doing freelance or consulting work of any kind, PhDCEO will help you grow your client list and billings.

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Success Stories

Rubenka Bandyopadhyay Campbell, PhD

Rubenka Bandyopadhyay Campbell, PhD

Data Scientist
Itron

The postdoc position I was at didn't really provide the kind of professional support and resources that I needed. CSA provided concrete guidance. It definitely provided me with a network, it provided me with a way to forge my own path.

Vanessa Wood-Braband, PhD

Vanessa Wood-Braband, PhD

R&D Engineering
B9Creations, LLC

Having a strategy that helps motivate you and takes you through these steps and also helps you realize how much help you can get, it's really overwhelming at first. There's so much positive help. Just the private group by itself is worth the investment and worth the time.

Alyssa Johnston, PhD

Alyssa Johnston, PhD

Senior MSL
NS Pharma

The biggest struggles I had were just finding resources and people to talk to. I thought the private group was one of the best things about joining the Association. It's a place where people are lifting each other up and helping each other and that was great.

Danka Kozareva, PhD

Danka Kozareva, PhD

Technician/Scientist
Transpharmation Ireland

I started following Cheeky Scientist on Facebook and was receiving a lot of really useful information like the CV Guide, the Transferable Skills Guide. One of the people on the team was very responsive to my emails, very interested in my personal situation, and she then sent me the Industry Guide, which was extremely helpful. I had no idea what positions were out there or where to start.

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.

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.

Robert Hable, PhD

Robert Hable, PhD

PhD LDP
BASF

I was very stuck in academia. My mental health was at its lowest point - I had a hopeless mindset. CSA gave me hope that there was more outside of academia. The Association provided a great road map to career success.

Rebecca Sweet, PhD

Rebecca Sweet, PhD

Recruitment Officer
Emeritus Research

I knew that I needed to have aa well-developed strategy in order to be successful. When I joined the Association, I was very far off from a real job search. But having access to CSA's network was huge.

Nikolett Biel, PhD

Nikolett Biel, PhD

Pharmacology/Toxicology Reviewer
FDA

I just went for it. I said, if I'm not going to invest in myself, no one else is going to. I'm going to take a chance and see what this is all about. Maybe I'll learn a little bit, maybe I'll learn a lot, who knows. And within a couple of days I knew I made the right decision.

Cathy Sorbara, PhD

Cathy Sorbara, PhD

Editor
Royal Society of Chemistry

Cheeky Scientist and Isaiah really helped me to see that I did have value, and I did have value for companies outside of doing just bench research. Because I'd really come to the conclusion that that was not something I wanted to do, but I struggled that I didn't have the skills to do anything else. In academia I had no work/life balance, and in joining Cheeky Scientist I gained that work/life balance back.

Klodjan Stafa, PhD

Klodjan Stafa, PhD

Research Scientist
Estée Lauder

I'm very, very happy with my overall experience with the Cheeky Scientist Association. For me, joining the Association was the perfect timing when I was trying to get into industry. It was the perfect place at the perfect time to start learning how to effectively transition into the private sector.

Yuri Klyachkin, PhD

Yuri Klyachkin, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Celegene

I got an offer about two weeks ago and I’m transitioning to a Medical Science Liaison role. It was a good break for me, but I couldn't have done it without Cheeky Science Association and all the guidance and the blueprint they provided for me.

Aaron Gajadhar, PhD

Aaron Gajadhar, PhD

Research Scientist
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals

I've always been a lifelong academic, and I was just ready to break out of the ivory tower and do more meaningful and more impactful work. Having access to all the Cheeky Scientist resources enabled me to immediately take the actions that would lead to my eventual job offer.

Marylen Rimando, PhD

Marylen Rimando, PhD

Research Scientist
IHRC

First, what I really liked about Cheeky Scientist was how supportive everybody is. All the materials were great, but I think the one thing that really stuck with me was the transition plan. It really lets you look at yourself where you are now, and look at where you want to go, and then develop a strategic plan to get to that point.

Aaron Kellogg, PhD

Aaron Kellogg, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Shire Pharmaceutical

I was finishing a training grant and had started looking for industry jobs, and was getting absolutely nowhere. So I started looking around for recruiters or anybody I could talk to to get training on how to make that transition. [Cheeky Scientist's] focus on how to make an industry resume instead of an academic resume, seeing the before and after of my resume, there was a big divide between what I was putting out and what I should've been putting out.

Farah Lollmahomed, PhD

Farah Lollmahomed, PhD

Executive Director of Research and Planning
American Campus Mauritius

The first thing that struck me was that I'm not the only one who has been in this situation. You really feel connected right away. There were so many people already in the Cheeky Scientist Association with experience I could learn from.

Ananda Ghosh, PhD

Ananda Ghosh, PhD

Equity Research Biotech
H.C. Wainwright & Co.

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association and after joining the Association, there were two Anandas. Things changed very fast when I joined Cheeky, and the networking platform Cheeky has is excellent. I got really inspired, because you see so many people like you who are coming together and trying to help each other. Also the entire support staff is excellent.

Ashley Zuniga, PhD

Ashley Zuniga, PhD

Clinical Project Manager

I was confident in my networking and my ability to speak with people outside of academia, but I had a lot of work to do to get my academic skill sets and my research translated into a very non-academic, non-research role. The other part was LinkedIn. I hadn't put a lot of thought into how important it was, and it turned out to be probably the most important tool.

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.

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.

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.

Aimee Vozenilek, PhD

Aimee Vozenilek, PhD

Scientist
Meso Scale Diagnostics

I've gone to so many great meetups where I've gotten great pieces of advice that I've been able to implement, they've introduced me to people who have been crucial in keeping me motivated and focused during my job search. It's really encouraging, when it's a difficult time in your career and you're not sure how to move forward, to have all these people cheering you on.

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.

Irene Minkina, PhD

Irene Minkina, PhD

Medical Writer II
Clinical Thinking (Nucleus Global)

My biggest challenge was my mindset. My mindset was basically that I was garbage outside of academia, frankly. I didn't think I could do anything else, I didn't think I had transferable skills. I had an extremely limiting set of beliefs before I joined. It's not about your little tiny thing that you research, it's about all those transferable skills that any Ph.D. acquires as they go through their program.

Asjad Ali, PhD

Asjad Ali, PhD

Plant Breeder
Department of Primary Industries

My main challenges were my CV, networking, and having confidence in your PhD when looking for industry positions. I gained a lot of confidence from reading the materials from the Cheeky Scientist Association and talking with the support team.

Airama Albisa, PhD

Airama Albisa, PhD

Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Farmhispania Group. S.L.

For me the Association was helpful because I was able to see all the different paths available, other than just working in the lab. The private group was great because of all the information there, as well as the support from all the other people facing the same challenges you are.

Abha Chalpe, PhD

Abha Chalpe, PhD

Senior Knowledge Partner
Innoplexus

The primary difficulty I faced was not being able to get my resume through to HR. I would post my resume on a careers website or on the company's website itself, and I would never hear back. The Cheeky Scientist materials were incredibly helpful, especially in making my resume and LinkedIn profile.

Deepak Joshi, PhD

Deepak Joshi, PhD

Model Design Consultant
Taconic Biosciences

After doing postdocs for many years I realized that I am more inclined toward industry positions, but I really didn't know how to find a job. After joining the Association I was surprised to find a lot of people like me. I gained a lot of confidence and felt like I was not the only postdoc having these problems.

Trinh Nguyen, PhD

Trinh Nguyen, PhD

Medical Science Liaison at
Biotheranostics, Inc.

Here I am with an offer for an MSL position. Words can not describe the rewarding feeling you have when you finally land the job that you have always wanted. This has been quite a journey, with many challenges and rejections, but being persistent and focusing on my goal has led me here. Special thanks to my MSLA comrades [in CSA].

Santi Suryani Chen, PhD

Santi Suryani Chen, PhD

Business Development Manager
CRO

Before joining Cheeky Scientist I didn't know how I was going to do this. Where do I even begin? So I saw Cheeky Scientist on Facebook and on LinkedIn and I thought, maybe I should give it a shot. It was a leap of faith but I did it anyway, and I'm so grateful I did.

Nick Allen, PhD

Nick Allen, PhD

Application Scientist
Abacus dx

My biggest reservation was the misconception that I'd be turning my back on what I'd been doing for almost a decade, but that really hasn't been the case. A lot of the skills that I picked up during my studies have definitely helped me during this transition. I haven't been lacking in intellectual challenge in my new role, which was another thing I was quite afraid of.

Sidharth Mohan, PhD

Sidharth Mohan, PhD

Analytical Scientist
The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

The private group was the biggest plus that Cheeky Scientist offered. It was so supportive, so dynamic, and willing to help at a moment's notice. You can get 24/7 feedback on any material that you want feedback on, you can contribute and help other people, so it's such an amazing network.

About PhDCEO

PhDCEO will train you to be a successful entrepreneur. This is something that PhDs are well equipped to do but often fail at for a few simple reasons – they don’t understand how to get customers, build a team, sell a product, or pitch investors (Cambridge Enterprise Annual Review).

Cambridge Enterprise is a well-known organization that functions as an incubator for academics, providing funds to help PhDs take their business ideas to the next level.

But, even though this organization provides millions in funding for PhDs who want to become entrepreneurs, the majority of these PhDs fail.

Why?

Because instead of communicating with investors and stakeholders, and instead of participating in meetings, these PhDs stay in the classroom, library and/or lab. They have an academic mindset—not the mindset of an entrepreneur and founder.

PhDCEO will make sure you avoid this and hundreds of other pitfalls.

Here’s the Targeted Training You’ll Receive from The MWO...

Module #1: Ideation

As a PhD, you understand the importance of ideas when it comes to science, technology, or the arts. It’s that innovative idea that cures diseases, overcomes technological challenges, and solves complex industry issues. In this module, we explain…

  • How to come up with a business idea if you don’t already have one. In this module, you’ll learn about Guillebeau’s convergence postulation for this initial starting point.
  • How to go about getting feedback for your vision. Because you’ll be taking an evidence-based approach, this will be key for further launching your business. In this module, you’ll discover the concept of validation and how to seek it for your startup.
  • What you need to know about equity. While you may want to take on a business partner, you’ll see how parting with your equity is not the ideal situation.

Module #2: Modeling

In this module, we will help you understand some key concepts for developing your startup, including…

  • The guiding philosophy for entrepreneurial endeavors. This module sheds light on the iterative model of creating a business…and how this philosophy ties into your background as a PhD and researcher.
  • How to better understand your ideal customer. Because your startup will be completely focused around the needs of your ideal customer, diving deep into this aspect will be key for your success.
  • Your company’s value proposition. If the phrase “value proposition” sounds more like something you learned in your undergraduate business class, you don’t want to miss this module. We’ll explain the three aspects of a value proposition–helping you get clarity on what makes your startup unique…which will empower you to articulate that uniqueness to potential customers.

Module #3: Productization

If you’re struggling to confidently get your business idea…past the idea stage…let Module 3 empower you to overcome stagnation and improve traction. This module will help you…

  • Gain confidence in your minimum viable product (MVP). In this module, you’ll see just how easy introducing your MVP to audience members can be.
  • Deepen your insight into the relationship between your business and early adopters. When it comes to getting your startup off the ground, securing your first customers will be crucial. This module will help you increase your understanding of this facet of launching a startup.
  • An important concept for developing business ties. Learn how to get support at the productization stage without depleting your savings. You’ll learn why cash neutral partnerships deserve your attention…and the ideal timing for the formation of these alliances.

Module #4: Selling

Maybe you have a natural gift for selling. Or perhaps you aren’t sure how to go about it. No matter your situation, this module can help. You will discover…

  • The reason why selling is so essential to your entrepreneurial journey. Making sales isn’t just a nice part of launching your startup. In this module, we’ll explain why it’s essential to becoming an authentic business owner.
  • Several essential components of a winning sales page. Did you know that an important way to sell your MVP isn’t making calls or attending events? You’ll learn the value of crafting a sales page that addresses sales objections and provides important customer education.
  • An overview of inbound and outbound marketing. Maybe you’ve heard these terms…but you aren’t really sure how they differ. With your membership, you’ll better understand these concepts, which will help you decide the right strategy for your business.

Module #5: Launching

If making a public launch of your MVP seems a little scary, don’t panic but dive deep into this module as we help you understand…

  • The mechanics of your product launch. Enjoy very specific guidance on how to introduce your MVP to the word. You’ll get informed on everything from the timing of A/B testing to the content of your emails to potential customers.
  • Generating leads for your MVP. Don’t use trial and error to find customers for your business. There’s a better way to find leads…as we’ll explain in this module.
  • An important strategic decision for your product funnel. When it comes to the product (or service) you feature in a funnel, the product you choose matters. Let us help you understand which product will support your strategic best interests.

Module #6: Team Roles

As your business grows, you will need to grow your team. You may even want to start building your team before your business grows. Either way, this module has you covered…

  • 3 team roles you need to fill first. Your startup team needs to include 3 key roles. Finding the right person for each role is critical to you being able to formulate and execute projects quickly.
  • How to grow your team using contractors and freelancers. As you grow your team and start to first become profitable, you will still likely not be able to afford full-time staff. Here you will learn how to bridge the gap to hiring full-time staff by hiring part-time virtual workers.
  • How to effectively manage others. Startup founders face a paradox: they are great at getting things done but struggle to train others to get things done to their standards. This module will help you lead effectively without micromanaging.

Module #7: Project Management

If you’ve been waiting to learn more about SCRUM, you’re in the right place. In this module, we provide an in-depth treatment of this efficient approach for your startup, explaining…

  • Key terminology you should know. Not sure what distinguishes a product owner from a SCRUM master? In this module, we’ll help you expand your vocabulary and deepen your knowledge.
  • How a SCRUM team functions. Get a better understanding of SCRUM dynamics before you launch a startup or lead a team.
  • What you can expect during a typical sprint. Get a clear understanding of the process and tasks in a sprint…as well as the amount of time involved.

Module #8: Investors

While you don’t need funding to start your business, it’s important that you have the education and materials needed to strategically attract investors should a funding opportunity or need present itself…

  • A step-by-step guide for creating a Pitch Deck. A pitch deck is a longer version of your elevator pitch presented as a PowerPoint presentation. Getting your deck right is crucial to you being successful with investors.
  • Detailed training on building an executive summary. An executive summary is like an abstract of your business plan. It is a distilled business plan, pitch deck and mission statement in a single-page document. You need an executive summary because investors may ask for it at any time.
  • Prepare a verbal pitch for in-person meetings with investors. The verbal pitch is your gateway to capital. The verbal pitch itself is a quick introduction to your business that takes less than 10-20 seconds to explain.

Module #9: Funding

While you don’t need funding to start your business, it’s important that you have the education needed to strategically position your company and make savvy long-term decisions…

  • Understand the ways you can receive funding. Break free from thinking that your only hope is attracting the interest of angel investors. This module reveals the variety of means available for funding your startup.
  • Overview and personalized walkthrough fundraising milestones. From idea conceptualization to market research to building an advisory board to proof of demand and potential for scale, this module will teach you the nomenclature of investing and the evaluation milestones investors use.
  • How to get funded by a Venture Capital (VC) firm. This is a must for PhDs. The key to getting backed by a VC firm is getting introduced by an entrepreneur whose startup brought good return on investment to the firm. This is easier than it sounds once you know how to do it.

Module #10: Risk Management

As you likely know, risk is part of being an entrepreneur. Because of this, it’s a topic that deserves your serious attention. If you’re interested in understanding risk factors and making wise decisions, you’ll be glad to know that we cover…

  • 3 risks that can kill your business. In this module, you’ll discover the major pitfalls that can sink your company. The more you know about potential threats to your business success, the more likely you will be to make better decisions.
  • Different forms of organizational waste. As an entrepreneur, becoming a good steward of your resources will become essential. This module provides a look at the mistakes that hinder you from this goal.
  • What the future might hold. What’s the difference between startup growing pains and a situation that has no solution? Learn about the challenges you might face…and how quitting your business is a legitimate option.

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The #1 Traning Program On Entrepreneurship For PhDs Only

This is the only training program created by PhDs especially for PhDs who want to create their own companies or work as freelancers or at startups. The PhDCEO program leaders and board members have already created or co-created their own companies or currently work advising investors. This program will ensure that you have the right tools to make your ideas become a reality, from knowing how to sell your idea, to pitching to investors and mastering how to build a successful team. PhDCEO will teach you all your need to know to create a successful company and talk in a way that resonates with your clients.

Success Stories

Rubenka Bandyopadhyay Campbell, PhD

Rubenka Bandyopadhyay Campbell, PhD

Data Scientist
Itron

The postdoc position I was at didn't really provide the kind of professional support and resources that I needed. CSA provided concrete guidance. It definitely provided me with a network, it provided me with a way to forge my own path.

Vanessa Wood-Braband, PhD

Vanessa Wood-Braband, PhD

R&D Engineering
B9Creations, LLC

Having a strategy that helps motivate you and takes you through these steps and also helps you realize how much help you can get, it's really overwhelming at first. There's so much positive help. Just the private group by itself is worth the investment and worth the time.

Alyssa Johnston, PhD

Alyssa Johnston, PhD

Senior MSL
NS Pharma

The biggest struggles I had were just finding resources and people to talk to. I thought the private group was one of the best things about joining the Association. It's a place where people are lifting each other up and helping each other and that was great.

Danka Kozareva, PhD

Danka Kozareva, PhD

Technician/Scientist
Transpharmation Ireland

I started following Cheeky Scientist on Facebook and was receiving a lot of really useful information like the CV Guide, the Transferable Skills Guide. One of the people on the team was very responsive to my emails, very interested in my personal situation, and she then sent me the Industry Guide, which was extremely helpful. I had no idea what positions were out there or where to start.

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.

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.

Robert Hable, PhD

Robert Hable, PhD

PhD LDP
BASF

I was very stuck in academia. My mental health was at its lowest point - I had a hopeless mindset. CSA gave me hope that there was more outside of academia. The Association provided a great road map to career success.

Rebecca Sweet, PhD

Rebecca Sweet, PhD

Recruitment Officer
Emeritus Research

I knew that I needed to have aa well-developed strategy in order to be successful. When I joined the Association, I was very far off from a real job search. But having access to CSA's network was huge.

Nikolett Biel, PhD

Nikolett Biel, PhD

Pharmacology/Toxicology Reviewer
FDA

I just went for it. I said, if I'm not going to invest in myself, no one else is going to. I'm going to take a chance and see what this is all about. Maybe I'll learn a little bit, maybe I'll learn a lot, who knows. And within a couple of days I knew I made the right decision.

Cathy Sorbara, PhD

Cathy Sorbara, PhD

Editor
Royal Society of Chemistry

Cheeky Scientist and Isaiah really helped me to see that I did have value, and I did have value for companies outside of doing just bench research. Because I'd really come to the conclusion that that was not something I wanted to do, but I struggled that I didn't have the skills to do anything else. In academia I had no work/life balance, and in joining Cheeky Scientist I gained that work/life balance back.

Klodjan Stafa, PhD

Klodjan Stafa, PhD

Research Scientist
Estée Lauder

I'm very, very happy with my overall experience with the Cheeky Scientist Association. For me, joining the Association was the perfect timing when I was trying to get into industry. It was the perfect place at the perfect time to start learning how to effectively transition into the private sector.

Yuri Klyachkin, PhD

Yuri Klyachkin, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Celegene

I got an offer about two weeks ago and I’m transitioning to a Medical Science Liaison role. It was a good break for me, but I couldn't have done it without Cheeky Science Association and all the guidance and the blueprint they provided for me.

Aaron Gajadhar, PhD

Aaron Gajadhar, PhD

Research Scientist
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals

I've always been a lifelong academic, and I was just ready to break out of the ivory tower and do more meaningful and more impactful work. Having access to all the Cheeky Scientist resources enabled me to immediately take the actions that would lead to my eventual job offer.

Marylen Rimando, PhD

Marylen Rimando, PhD

Research Scientist
IHRC

First, what I really liked about Cheeky Scientist was how supportive everybody is. All the materials were great, but I think the one thing that really stuck with me was the transition plan. It really lets you look at yourself where you are now, and look at where you want to go, and then develop a strategic plan to get to that point.

Aaron Kellogg, PhD

Aaron Kellogg, PhD

Medical Science Liaison
Shire Pharmaceutical

I was finishing a training grant and had started looking for industry jobs, and was getting absolutely nowhere. So I started looking around for recruiters or anybody I could talk to to get training on how to make that transition. [Cheeky Scientist's] focus on how to make an industry resume instead of an academic resume, seeing the before and after of my resume, there was a big divide between what I was putting out and what I should've been putting out.

Farah Lollmahomed, PhD

Farah Lollmahomed, PhD

Executive Director of Research and Planning
American Campus Mauritius

The first thing that struck me was that I'm not the only one who has been in this situation. You really feel connected right away. There were so many people already in the Cheeky Scientist Association with experience I could learn from.

Ananda Ghosh, PhD

Ananda Ghosh, PhD

Equity Research Biotech
H.C. Wainwright & Co.

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association and after joining the Association, there were two Anandas. Things changed very fast when I joined Cheeky, and the networking platform Cheeky has is excellent. I got really inspired, because you see so many people like you who are coming together and trying to help each other. Also the entire support staff is excellent.

Ashley Zuniga, PhD

Ashley Zuniga, PhD

Clinical Project Manager

I was confident in my networking and my ability to speak with people outside of academia, but I had a lot of work to do to get my academic skill sets and my research translated into a very non-academic, non-research role. The other part was LinkedIn. I hadn't put a lot of thought into how important it was, and it turned out to be probably the most important tool.

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.

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.

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.

Aimee Vozenilek, PhD

Aimee Vozenilek, PhD

Scientist
Meso Scale Diagnostics

I've gone to so many great meetups where I've gotten great pieces of advice that I've been able to implement, they've introduced me to people who have been crucial in keeping me motivated and focused during my job search. It's really encouraging, when it's a difficult time in your career and you're not sure how to move forward, to have all these people cheering you on.

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.

Irene Minkina, PhD

Irene Minkina, PhD

Medical Writer II
Clinical Thinking (Nucleus Global)

My biggest challenge was my mindset. My mindset was basically that I was garbage outside of academia, frankly. I didn't think I could do anything else, I didn't think I had transferable skills. I had an extremely limiting set of beliefs before I joined. It's not about your little tiny thing that you research, it's about all those transferable skills that any Ph.D. acquires as they go through their program.

Asjad Ali, PhD

Asjad Ali, PhD

Plant Breeder
Department of Primary Industries

My main challenges were my CV, networking, and having confidence in your PhD when looking for industry positions. I gained a lot of confidence from reading the materials from the Cheeky Scientist Association and talking with the support team.

Airama Albisa, PhD

Airama Albisa, PhD

Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Farmhispania Group. S.L.

For me the Association was helpful because I was able to see all the different paths available, other than just working in the lab. The private group was great because of all the information there, as well as the support from all the other people facing the same challenges you are.

Abha Chalpe, PhD

Abha Chalpe, PhD

Senior Knowledge Partner
Innoplexus

The primary difficulty I faced was not being able to get my resume through to HR. I would post my resume on a careers website or on the company's website itself, and I would never hear back. The Cheeky Scientist materials were incredibly helpful, especially in making my resume and LinkedIn profile.

Deepak Joshi, PhD

Deepak Joshi, PhD

Model Design Consultant
Taconic Biosciences

After doing postdocs for many years I realized that I am more inclined toward industry positions, but I really didn't know how to find a job. After joining the Association I was surprised to find a lot of people like me. I gained a lot of confidence and felt like I was not the only postdoc having these problems.

Trinh Nguyen, PhD

Trinh Nguyen, PhD

Medical Science Liaison at
Biotheranostics, Inc.

Here I am with an offer for an MSL position. Words can not describe the rewarding feeling you have when you finally land the job that you have always wanted. This has been quite a journey, with many challenges and rejections, but being persistent and focusing on my goal has led me here. Special thanks to my MSLA comrades [in CSA].

Santi Suryani Chen, PhD

Santi Suryani Chen, PhD

Business Development Manager
CRO

Before joining Cheeky Scientist I didn't know how I was going to do this. Where do I even begin? So I saw Cheeky Scientist on Facebook and on LinkedIn and I thought, maybe I should give it a shot. It was a leap of faith but I did it anyway, and I'm so grateful I did.

Nick Allen, PhD

Nick Allen, PhD

Application Scientist
Abacus dx

My biggest reservation was the misconception that I'd be turning my back on what I'd been doing for almost a decade, but that really hasn't been the case. A lot of the skills that I picked up during my studies have definitely helped me during this transition. I haven't been lacking in intellectual challenge in my new role, which was another thing I was quite afraid of.

Sidharth Mohan, PhD

Sidharth Mohan, PhD

Analytical Scientist
The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

The private group was the biggest plus that Cheeky Scientist offered. It was so supportive, so dynamic, and willing to help at a moment's notice. You can get 24/7 feedback on any material that you want feedback on, you can contribute and help other people, so it's such an amazing network.

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