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Combine Your PhD With MBA-Level Training That Is Required For Management Positions In Industry

Introducing Scientist MBA by Cheeky Scientist

  • Transition from academia directly into a management-level position in industry
  • Avoid getting hired into an entry-level position in industry working side-by-side or beneath M.Sc’s or B.Sc’s
  • Get promoted from your current entry-level position into a management-level position 5-8 years ahead of schedule
  • Learn the entire curriculum of top MBA programs without having to pay the standard $238,800 in tuition and fees (Forbes)
  • Get lifetime access to a private community of 1,000+ MBAs & PhDs working in management-level positions in industry
  • Join the ScientistMBA waitlist below to learn how to get training from top 10 MBA school graduates.

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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 ScientistMBA

Through 8X advanced MBA-level training modules, 41X training videos with instructors from top 10 MBA programs, and graded exams to test your knowledge, you will learn the core MBA concepts you need to get hired into a management position. Once you join, you will be given immediate access to an elite network of 1,000+ MBAs and PhDs in management roles in industry who will answer all of your questions and train you on core MBA topics, including: Economics, Sales & Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Quantitative Analysis, Operations Management, Corporate Strategy, Finance, Accounting, Ethics, Culture, Industry Hierarchy, Mergers & Acquisitions, and much more. You will get to join members-only live webinars with industry executives and be taken through weekly business case studies by our private group training team led by a former management consultant from Bain.

Here’s the Targeted Training You’ll Receive from SMBA...

Module #1 – MBA Foundations (Part 1)

In Module #1, you’ll discover the basics and grasp the concepts of sales and marketing, organizational behavior, quantitative analysis, economics, and ethics.

Using 5 different training topics, 5 quizzes, 2 case studies, and 1 exam, you will have a vast knowledge of…

  • Scarcity, microeconomics and macroeconomics, and behavioral economics.
  • How to leverage marketing with the 4 P’s — product, price, promotion, and place.
  • Advertising and selling principles — micro-level, meso-level, and macro-level behaviors.
  • How to leverage Google and Amazon.
  • The difference between connection and output.
  • How to gather, analyze, and use big data and mathematical modeling for major industries, such as telecom and banking.
  • The ins and outs of Value-at-Risk and From-Bench-to-Bedside.
  • How to maximize efficiency and profit.
  • The difference between Just-in-Time and Just-in-Case manufacturing.

Module #2 – MBA Foundations (Part 2)

In Module #2, you’ll master the second half of MBA Foundations.

During Module #2, you will get a firm grasp on…

  • Corporate strategy and how to manage a big business.
  • Management consulting.
  • The blunders and successes of small businesses.
  • The differences between personal and corporate banking.
  • Financial products in accounting and corporate strategy.
  • Financial statements, such as balance sheets, income statements, cash-flow statements, investing, and operations.
  • The meaning and importance behind “Cash is King.”
  • Ethics mastery, including enforceable laws and frameworks, corporate social responsibility, and business policy and regulation.
  • Company culture guidelines for startups and corporations.
  • Human resources and talent acquisition.

Module #3—Industry Structure

In module #3, you’ll discover the structure of the world’s biggest and highest paying industries that need PhDs who have business acumen.

In this module, you will master…

  • Industry hierarchy, including organizational hierarchy levels and the difference between managers and workers.
  • Formal and collaborative methodology.
  • Corporation types, which include monopolies, for-profits, and nonprofits.
  • How to implement measuring management with respect to budgeting and deadlines.
  • The ins and outs of private companies, including size and structure, equity, hiring, and operations.
  • Analysis of cost versus benefits.
  • The anatomy of public companies, including size and structure, shareholders, management, bureaucracy, salary caps, and regulation.
  • Government industries, including the services and drivers.
  • Electoral cycles, societal fairness, and funding.
  • The problem with the lack of innovation and rate of change in funding.
  • The difference between startups and small companies.
  • Securing investors and venture capital.

Module #4—Management Activities

Module #4 prepares you for the daily activities and operations performed once you land your new management position.

You will discover…

  • Mergers and acquisition techniques.
  • Merger partners, target companies, and the problem with redundancy.
  • Employee effects of mergers — including pay rate.
  • Why acquisitions occur, examples of acquisitions, and how to negotiate.
  • Target company management and acquiring company management.
  • Restructuring companies relative to the economy and corporate strategy.
  • Examples of successful and failed corporate restructuring.
  • Restructuring goals, including profitability and competitiveness.
  • Friendly and hostile takeovers.
  • The difference between public and private takeovers—including shareholder considerations.
  • Bankruptcy laws, insolvency, liquidation, creditor considerations, and chapter 11.
  • Why startups often fail.

Module #5—Management Networking (Part 1)

When it comes to climbing the corporate ladder quickly, it’s not what you know but whom you know that matters.

Module #5 removes the guesswork of networking. You will discover…

  • Why networking is vital and how to develop your skills.
  • Confidence indicators and quality communication traits.
  • Networking scripts.
  • Relationship-building techniques.
  • Online, offline, and social media networking strategies.
  • Maintaining rapport with professional communities.
  • Following up with prospects.
  • Networking through personal websites.
  • LinkedIn growth and statistics.
  • Building a quality LinkedIn profile, including photos, headlines, secondary connections, introductions, keywords, and common mistakes.
  • Email networking skills — including how to speak with current and new contacts, canned emails, and
  • reconnecting with cold contacts.
  • Phone networking skills, which include finding the numbers of hiring managers and recruiters, cold calling, and phone introduction.
  • Professionalism, voice, and tone.

Module #6—Management Networking (Part 2)

They say that “relationship riches” are the best form of currency. That’s true in the world of industry.

In Module #6, you’ll discover…

  • How to do event networking, including event mindset, navigating webpages, following up, and adding value.
  • Communication skills — including different skill types and body language.
  • How to combine strength with warmth.
  • Your personal tics.
  • When to execute the elevator pitch and how to answer the questions of “who are you?” and “what do you want?”
  • How to establish a unique selling proposition.
  • The difference between a proposition and a pitch.
  • Determining the right proposition, including differentiation and specialty.
  • Your personal value proposition.
  • How to conquer public speaking once and for all — including your purpose and audience identification, delivery, clarity, organization, and the “rule of three.”
  • How to engage and ease an audience, pause for effect, establish a conversational tone, and overcome anxiety.

Module #7—Management Resumes

There’s a big difference between an academic CV, entry-level resume, and a management resume.

In Module #7, you will learn how to…

  • Write a persuasive resume.
  • List your achievements and job duties.
  • Establish a visual center and professional summary.
  • Outline your work experience and education.
  • Find the purpose and audience.
  • Work your way around how industries filter candidates, including tracking software, eye-tracking studies, keywords, and job advertisements.
  • Leverage transferable skills, such as people, product, and information management, as well as market knowledge.
  • Use competitive intelligence, industry trends, and commercial acumen.
  • Create results versus responsibilities and demonstrate outcomes.
  • Learn from the best-example structures — including situation, complication, and resolutions.
  • Stand out in the recruitment process.
  • Leverage your technical skills with keywords and industry jargon.

Module #8—Management Interviews & Offers

Now it’s time to learn what to do with an offer and how to interview.

In Module #8, you will gain the MBA-level knowledge required to…

  • Use referral statistics, phone screens, site visits, presentations, and the Management-STAR method to your advantage.
  • Prepare for your interview and know the corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, department restructuring, and culture.
  • Leverage your talking points and internal sponsors.
  • Follow up the right way and use referral workflow.
  • Interview your interviewer.
  • Make a positive first impression with the correct body language, pitch and proposition, and questions.
  • Avoid desperation and many other mistakes.
  • Handle credential questions, opinion questions, behavioral questions, and the difference between situational and subjective responses.
  • Ace personality tests, stress tests, and competency questions.
  • Negotiate your job offers with the correct attitude and approach.
  • Discuss your salary and benefits.
  • Ask open-ended questions and offer counters when appropriate.
  • Know when to reject or accept an offer.

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SMBA is guaranteed to get you into management because you get lifetime access to the program and because our team of MBAs and PhDs will never stop helping you elevate your career. SMBA is the most complete MBA-level training program for PhDs who are looking to increase their business acumen, elevate their career trajectory and excel in industry. This program is taught by MBAs from top 10 MBA programs, including those with experience working in senior roles at Amgen, Shire, Takeda, Google, Amazon, and more. SMBA will ensure you skip working in an entry-level position and move directly into a management role in industry. If you are already in industry, you can get promoted into a management position quickly instead of having to wait the average 5-8 years to be promoted.

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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