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.
Optics Engineer - SigTuple
In India when there are job openings, sometimes there will be thousands of applications, so to get noticed among this many applications, I had to do something different that other people were not doing. After I joined the Association I learned a lot, right now I’m getting a lot of responses. After joining the Association the way I’m conducting the job search process is completely different.
Technical Support Consultant - Bio-Rad Laboratories
I joined the Association because after receiving my PhD and doing a postdoc I realized that the academic path I was preparing for was full of insecurity and some peril. There were very few faculty jobs, the funding is scarce, there’s perpetual instability, and “publish or perish” culture makes it very difficult to succeed in that system while maintaining your sanity. So unfortunately I found myself completely unprepared for a job search outside academia. I had been following the Association for something like six months before I finally took the plunge and joined. Immediately after joining I was part of a supportive network of PhDs in the exact same situation. On top of that, the materials on resume building, LinkedIn, networking, and other subjects are extremely useful and practical.
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.
Principal Medical Writer - IC Axon
I guess my main challenge was, where do I start? I didn’t start actively job searching before joining the Association. Essentially I knew that I didn’t really know what to do efficiently and effectively, and luckily I came across the Association before I was ready to start actively searching. Probably the biggest “aha” moment I had was going through all the material and realizing that there’s actually a system, or a series of steps, that make sense in terms of how to run an effective job search.
Sr. Systems Performance Engineer - ASML
The biggest hurdle for me was submitting resumes that would get through the applicant tracking systems and be seen by real human beings. Getting the first phone interview was a challenge for me. The most helpful part of the Association materials for me was the negotiation module, as well as the webinars on the whole process of transitioning to industry. It changed my perspective as a whole. The negotiation module really changed my attitude.
MSL - Genentech's Biooncology
The network that has been built in the Association is really the unique thing, the thing that separates this from other programs. There are other training programs out there, but they don’t have this kind of support network that’s built in. That’s really where the value comes in, because that group is constantly posting, they’re supporting each other, they’re doing mock interviews, people are posting about job opportunities all the time.
Environmental Scientist - HDR
Being able to work, having skills, and still not getting any job is kind of frustrating. But the Cheeky Scientist Association platform not only gives you confidence, but also a supportive environment where you can talk about your problems to other people who might be in the same situation. CSA gives all of us PhDs a platform that helps us move forward.
Application Engineering - Ingevity
Before I joined the Association I wasn’t looking for a job because it was a year before I graduated, but I was looking for an internship, and I had zero success doing that. A lot of the difficulty was that I didn’t know people in the industry, I wasn’t networking correctly. After I found out about the Cheeky Scientist Association and I joined, then I learned a lot.
Medical Writer - Flywheel Partners
Sending application after application out and not even having them read was a really bleak feeling, but finding the Cheeky Scientist Association really helped me with that. As soon as I joined, just seeing how much content was available was really incredible. In fact it was a little overwhelming at first. But within a day or two, getting into some of the modules and seeing all the information about the potential jobs out there just completely reinvigorated my spirits as far as the job search went.
Patent Associate - Hasan and Singh Law Firm
Like any PhD who wants to transition into industry, I did face a lot of challenges, both technical and non-technical. I was basically trying blindly to get a job, not having a proper roadmap. Once I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association I got the kind of directions that I was looking for, what I was doing wrong, where I could improve. I got a better LinkedIn profile and a proper two-page resume. I didn’t know what I was doing wrong, but definitely I was doing something wrong because no one was calling me back.
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.
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.