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Success Stories - International PhD Community
Technology Licensing Officer - Nova Southeastern University
First I went to the career development center at my university, and I was very disappointed with the feedback that I got. The main issue with career development centers at various universities is that the advice they give is tailored for undergrads. While going through this process I was trying to find some organization or some person that would be able to give me the proper advice. The whole concept of Cheeky Scientist being by PhDs, for PhDs, and how to transition out of academia, these three things are very unique. I wish that I had got this before graduating, but I’m getting it after graduating and now I’m in a position to help others.
Assistant Director, NIH Center for Engineering Complex Tissues - University of Maryland College Park
The biggest challenge for me was just not getting responses. You have your resume, you send out your cover letters, you fill out applications online, and nothing. You get those standard emails they send thanking you for your application, you don’t even get a rejection much of the time. So it was just a black hole of no responses and when that keeps happening day after day, it does get disheartening. One of the things the Association modules and training helped me realize was, I needed to streamline not just the job search, but what it is that I want as well, what I want to do day in and day out. Once you figure out what it is that you want to be doing, then you focus.
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.
Senior Chemist I - Adesis, Inc.
My main difficulty was not knowing how to approach a job search. The eye-opening stuff that I came to know from the Cheeky Scientist Association is that there is a method to this madness. You need to have an Excel sheet, you need to target certain companies, you need to know who are the contacts that you have in your network, all those things.
Lab Head - iDNA Genomics
A major thing I learned is that I was not so aware how important networking is. I was doing searches for jobs that fit my profile, then filling out the applications online, uploading my CVs, then waiting and usually not getting answers back. How I found this job now was through targeted networking. I met the CEO a year ago and I nurtured the relationship, and when the time was ripe I was invited for an interview with the CEO and the managing director, already having worked on the relationship in my networking.
Associate Regulatory Consultant - Yordas Group
It was hard to think of leaving 15 years of hard work and getting into something new. I was browsing and applying online and trying to figure out how to do the job search and I found the Cheeky Scientist Association. I was looking for a community that could provide some guidance, because it’s very hard. I had never looked for a job before, I was recruited immediately after graduation, everything was going smoothly, so it was the first time in my life that I actually had to write a CV or do a cover letter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Medical Writer - Own Company
There were a lot of layers I need it to really work through, the structure of the program addresses those things. You’re really not alone, there was a lot of support in the network.
There was a ridiculously amount of content that’s just so rich, it’s been an enriching experienced honestly. I learned a lot and I know I still have a lot to learn but I’m doing well.
Data Scientist - Itron
I really liked that I was able to connect with a lot of other CSA members via Linkedin and get some information to reuse. Another thing that I did liked was not just the resume review but also people who would post their transition stories. That to me was really inspiring, almost like a blueprint.
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.
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.
Senior Scientist - Horizon Discovery
The biggest part was letting go of my publications and presentations. CSA taught me I could turn them into numbers for industry to understand, and that was powerful.
Scientific Program Director - AVM Biotechnology
I had been uploading resumes online for 6 months with no success before joining Cheeky Scientist. It turns out there is a right way–and a wrong way–to build out a resume. Cheeky Scientist taught me the difference and so much more. These days, I’m a program manager at AVM Biotechnology.