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Success Stories - Cheeky Scientist Association
Research Associate - Nissan
I did not join the Association only for the sake of immediate job search gain, but I looked at it more as a long-term value. I found that the webinars really have a life-coaching philosophy, and I find that it’s going to be something that will stay with me for a long time. That’s why I made my mind up to join the Association.
Fermentation Scientist II - Lygos
As a postdoc and a person who has a family I can’t just be careless with the money I spend, so I had to put a lot of thought into [joining the Association]. I was on the edge, but I thought “go for it”. All I can say now is, it was worth it. The Cheeky Scientist Association private group is, I would say, invaluable. The modules are amazing, they’re always growing.
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.
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.
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.
MSL - ConsignMed for Averitas
The MSLA has been fundamental for my success. I say that because it really, really works. It’s a 24/7 program. Every time I have a problem I write a private message and I get a prompt, very good response. It’s not something generic, but a very hands-on approach. What people oftentimes don’t see is how much support we give each other in down times. I had all these cheerleaders in the MSLA that really helped me get through those darker times.
Research Scientist - Takeda Pharmaceuticals
My goal was, right after my PhD, to transition into industry. I came across Cheeky Scientist, but at that time I was not sure if you were real. But I was needing that guidance and supportive group, and I found this perfect group. I went through all the modules, which are wonderfully organized. The group is really like-minded, supportive people, similar PhDs with similar goals in mind, transitioning into industry.
Application Specialist - NanoTemper Technologies
I began searching on the internet and I found you guys. At the beginning I was very skeptical, but once I decided to join and I began doing the modules, all of my anxiety and fears were going away little by little. The private group was also very important.
Research Product Development and IP Research - Agilent Technologies
There is tons of information in the groups. Other than the information, the support is what I really like. People encourage you. It’s not a competition, it’s like a support group. We all are working towards not the same position, but the same goal, and everyone is very helpful and supportive. So the information and support are really really good parts of the group.
Project Manager - Alien Technology Transfer
For me, the biggest challenge was to overcome the thinking that if you don’t do academic work, you’re worthless. Once I realized that that wasn’t true, then actually taking action was much easier. At that point, the biggest challenge became networking. At first I was skeptical about joining the Association because it is an American company and I didn’t know how helpful the networking would be across the ocean, but because the Association was expanding so much I ended up actually networking in person with other Italians. Once I started networking, that was really a pivotal moment.
Research Scientist - The Broad Institute
I had been looking for jobs for a while, and it was really frustrating because I was sharing my resume and cover letter and I got a few phone screens, but nothing happened. But then a friend told me about the Cheeky Scientist Association, and things really started changing after I joined.
Analytical Consultant - Cambrex Charles City, Inc.
After six years of research, I wanted to transition into industry. Academics are always underpaid, so I always felt undervalued for my skills. That’s why I wanted to transition into industry. I personally recommended to more than 20 different graduate students to join the CSA, because I see their problems in academia.
Freelance Writer - Enago
I wasn’t sure the Association would benefit me, being in South Africa, but I was wrong. The private group is amazing. If you post a question or you support somebody you start building up relationships, and everybody in that group is fantastic.
Technical Service Manager - Teijin Carbon America
The biggest thing I learned was to have an actual job search strategy in place, not just randomly throw out resumes. Talk to people who can actually help you, understand how to sell yourself, and don’t be afraid of selling yourself. Overall, just take a more intelligent, PhD-level approach to getting a job. The CSA helped me actually visualize that strategy and put it into action.
Business Development Manager - Champions Oncology, Inc.
Before joining the Association, I had very little knowledge of what possibilities were out there for me besides research and academia. So I joined the Association and went through the modules, and I learned a lot about the possibilities out there and I started to be a little more confident. That’s what was missing for me, because I didn’t feel that I had the skills.
Medical Writer - INVIVO Communications, Inc.
I was looking for my next career move and I was kind of stuck, because I didn’t really have a networking and job search strategy. Whatever applications I did, I got auto-reject emails and didn’t hear anything meaningful back. I was a bit lost. So I joined the Association and obviously expected it to help me, but I didn’t realize how helpful it would be in getting a network and support system. It really exceeded my expectations.
Patent Agent - US Patent & Trademark Office
The Association really helped me in figuring out who I am. The material just really clicked for me and made sense. Being able to just talk to somebody was great. The Cheeky Scientist Association is really interactive, the people really do care about you.
Medical Writer, Clinical Affairs - Agilent
I learned, in networking, not to expect anything back right away, but to focus on adding value. I also learned how to initiate informational interviews with other Cheeky Scientist members and also outside of the group. I’m still learning from the group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Regeneron - Senior Manager
Once I joined Facebook and the community I realized the value. Where you can pitch an idea to someone and within a day you usually get 14-15 comments of advice. Most of the time they were great advice, it became a great avenue for advice and not only for application materials, resumes, etc. but also a mental health check. It was very uplifting. The advice and the commodity is genuine.
MSL - Chiesi
The private group was very instrumental, Cheeky Scientist has several groups and I joined the MSLA group and I think it’s worth every penny. The leaders are great and there is accountability which you need. There’s constant constructive feedback or anything that can help you improve so it was very effective.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Associate Consultant - ProPharma Group
All the advice from Cheeky Scientist was very very useful. I would get advice that I would never get from anyone else. Nobody was answering my emails and calls and only after joining Cheeky Scientist programs, it was almost like a miracle, something changed all that. I followed all the Cheeky Scientist advice and it worked out.