We Fight For PhDs And PhD Careers

We Fight for PhDs and Phd Careers

With 15,000+ active program memberships, we have helped and are helping thousands of PhDs transition into their first or next industry career. Our members develop their careers and technical skills for life.

Jason Nadell, PhD

Medical Writer/Director - Freelance

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.

Hank Cheng, PhD

Scientist III - Therinbio

I was alarmed to realize how many people were stuck in postdocs. CSA’s call to action encouraged me to be accountable and take responsibility.

Trinh Nguyen, PhD

Senior Medical Science Liaison - Takeda

I started sending out hundreds of job applications and received many rejection letters. I was frustrated and confused; I hit a wall and didn’t know how to get out. I didn’t want to stay in academia. Once I joined Cheeky, I realized I needed to change my mindset. Breaking into industry is a process. I learned how to make my resume grab the hiring manager’s attention, create an eye-catching LinkedIn profile, and how to interview appropriately. The biggest takeaway was the networking strategy I gained. I learned that Internal referrals are the key to getting hired. I’ve carried these values through my first and second transitions.

Manali Garg, PhD

Assistant Manager - Datar Cancer Genetics Limited

After working in research for about a decade, I decide it was time to explore new ways to improve myself. After joining Cheeky, I realized what I needed to work on due to my big knowledge gaps. I began to study the materials to improve my job search strategy.

Dipankar Nath, PhD

Senior Data Scientist - British Telcom

I kept sending out my academic resume everywhere and received no response. I started to doubt myself. Once I joined Cheeky I learned how important it is to connect your soft skills to the job you’re applying to. I also learned how to understand a business which is very important when working in industry.

Maxwell Caughron, PhD

Project Manager - Microsoft

I knew I wanted to leave the academic track I was on, but I didn’t know where to begin to target an industry position. Cheeky Scientist provided me with the supportive network and goal-setting strategies I needed to confidently pursue the best industry career path for my ideal professional lifestyle. I know hold a top position as a Project Manager at Microsoft.

Florence Janvier, PhD

Medical Science Liaison - Novo Nordisk

Before joining the Association, I was looking to transition into industry. I was attending seminars and workshops at my school, but there was nothing very specific, or tools to help me transition. Definitely the first “aha moment” for me was the “Top 20 Jobs for PhDs and Postdocs”. That opened my eyes, I saw all the possibilities that were accessible for me. And from that I was able to narrow it down to the top four positions that were interesting to me and aligned with my values. The other “aha moment” was in Module 1, where you ask us to picture the type of lifestyle we want. That really helped me to figure out my vision that I had for myself, and it helped me narrow down to what I really wanted to do.

Sara Artusi, PhD

Senior Scientist, Product Development - Krystal Biotech, Inc.

When I first joined CSA, anything related to the job search caused of an unbearable amount of stress and anxiety I decided to take one step at a time, starting with CS webinars and the team’s suggestions. Before long, I received a formal job offer. I used CSA’s tips for an effective negotiation and officially signed a contract!

Katarzyna Romek, Ph.D.

Application Specialist - Univar Solutions

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I felt so alone and defeated in my job search. Once I discovered Cheeky Scientist and attended my first webinar, I was so happy that I even shed a tear. I immediately joined the Association, and felt comfort in knowing that I’m not alone. I am very grateful for the Association and am excited to start my new industry career.

Shraddha Sharma, PhD

Prinicpal Scientist - Sanofi

I wanted to explore the real world. I was sure that I wanted to be in industry, but I didn’t know how to get there… Knowing my value as a PhD was an ‘a-ha’ moment. I got back my confidence after joining Cheeky.

Jack O'Sullivan, PhD

Senior Sales Specialist - LUMICKS

There was a very clear moment as I was trying to break into industry, that I said okay, I need help and I need to change something. It was this moment where I got head hunted by a recruiter for this job that I thought I was absolutely perfect for. I loved the company, knew loads about it, went and smashed the first interview, was going into the second interview, and then it all went wrong. I didn’t get it, and I realized I must be doing something fundamentally wrong and needed to make a change. I enrolled in tons of career development programs, I got a mentor, and I found the CSA as well. I just threw myself into everything. A huge difference between the CSA and other career development programs is that it’s run by people who have PhDs, have transitioned into industry, know science, and understand the industry really well. The advice I was getting from other sources was great broad advice, but not useful, while the advice I was getting from the CSA was so targeted, so clear.

Farah Lollmahomed, PhD

Scientist - Covalon Technologies Ltd.

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.

Chowdhury Ashraf, Ph.D.

Data Scientist - Dun & Bradstreet

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I didn’t know where to start nor what skill set I needed to transition into industry. Once I joined the Association, I submerged myself into the Association’s private networking community. I was overwhelmed by the support I received and felt comfort in knowing that I was not alone in my job search. I received positive mentorship that helped boost my confidence during my job search.

Sherri Ter Molen, PhD

Communication Associate and Journal Acquisitions Editor - National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

I’m a more experienced PhD but still got hired because of Cheeky Scientist. Before joining, I was frustrated after spending months on job applications and receiving no response to my job search efforts. I finally joined Cheeky Scientist, and now I’m a communication associate for the NCSBN. I just can’t believe I didn’t join Cheeky sooner.

Niranjan Thiruvur, Ph.D.

Research Scientist - PPD

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I felt really discouraged in my job search due to the gaps in my resume. Once I joined the association, I felt a great deal of relief knowing that I wasn’t alone. There were other PhDs out there, like me, struggling with Imposter Syndrome. Diving into the Association materials, the modules helped me develop a professional resume and prepare for salary negotiation.

Kristin Cederquist, PhD

Senior Scientist - DCN Dx

I actually joined the Association because I had a job, this is actually my second industry job. I was not so happy at my company, they were restricting me in a bunch of ways, and around January of 2016 I joined the Association. My resume had gotten me a couple of jobs already, but I thought maybe I could make it better, maybe meet some people around the area, and actually I did and it was very helpful. In the private group, I really met a lot of interesting people that come from completely different backgrounds and have transitioned into industry. They were very active and very helpful.

Mahesh Bhandari, PhD

Scientist, Analytical Development - Moderna

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.

Ranjith Nadipalli, PhD

AD Consultant - Cambrex

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.

Meagan Ramsey, PhD

Manager, Proposal Development Unit - Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care

The biggest challenge that I came up to first was really not knowing what to do. I started my postdoc in June and things were going well at first, but for some reason around September I started wondering if the faculty track was really right for me. That had always been my plan, so I really didn’t know what options were out there. I had no clue what was available, and I’d always been kind of discouraged from non-academic jobs. That was failure, basically. So there was some guilt that I was feeling, I felt kind of alone, I really didn’t know anyone who had done something non-academic, so that was one of the biggest hurdles for me to overcome. The Association really helped me see that there are a lot of great options out there, you don’t have to go academic. There are amazing career options that fit better with the lifestyle I wanted. I could do exactly what I wanted every day, live a life where I’m able to do things on the weekends.

Pallevi Srivastva, PhD

Head of Cell Culture Media and Process Development - Wildtype

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.

Paige Pott, PhD

Evidence Evaluation Specialist - Smith+Nephew

Job search techniques? I had none. I didn’t know where to start, and I only knew how to make an academic CV, I did not know how to make a resume, I didn’t know that it didn’t need to be longer than two pages maximum. And then networking, I’d only networked on campus, which still gave me good connections but they weren’t industry connections. So since then I’ve been networking on LinkedIn and just anywhere I go. If I learn that someone could potentially help me or I could help them, “Hi, my name is Paige. Nice to meet you.”

Yoanne Clovis, PhD

Senior Scientific Brand Strategist - Audacity Health

I had a hard time accepting the fact that I had to network, and that my PhD and resume were not enough to find a job. Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association I definitely was lost. I had sent many resumes with no response whatsoever, and I didn’t know where to go. I was just lost. For me, the “aha moment” came on Day 1. I was invited to the private group, and I think after an hour I had already gotten my money’s worth.

Fred Westhorpe, PhD

Director - Discovery Pharmacology - COMPASS Pathways

I’m a biochemist, and before joining Cheeky Scientist, I didn’t understand the power of networking. Cheeky gave me the tools I needed to fully engage with professionals in my field. Now I’m a principal scientist at CuraSen. I had the potential, but Cheeky Scientist showed me how to access it.

Bishnu Joshi, PhD

Director - Agenus

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I was just trying by myself. I didn’t know how to network, I was applying to jobs online, but besides the automated messages I wasn’t getting any other response or follow-up. After joining the Association I got the opportunity to introduce myself to other senior fellows who have already transitioned into industry, I learned a lot from the webinars, I modified my resume based on the key words found in job advertisements, and I changed my job application strategy. Before applying to positions I tried to network with people inside the company. That helped me a lot.

Shanta Boddapati, PhD

Senior Scientist, Bioprocess Development - Seattle Genetics

My biggest challenge was to get to the point where my resume was being selected, to get through that screening step and actually get through to the hiring manager. Joining the Association made me realize that I had to work on all these different aspects of how I present myself professionally in a way that people can see the value I bring to the table. [After joining the Association] I got started on networking right away, and it paid off immediately. And in terms of working through the modules, I got a very good picture of every step of the process. I thought that was very helpful, because I would spend hours trying to find this information, and having it all together in such a comprehensive manner was very valuable.

Saad Ahmed Sheikh, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist - Sandvik Group

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I struggled to get interviews, and my CV was 4 to 5 pages. Once I joined the Association, I was able to grasp the material and techniques from the modules and began to feel confident during the interview process.

Leo Ai, PhD

Clinical Product Risk Specialist - Boston Scientific

I had primarily taken the same approach [to the industry job search] that I had with my postdoc applications, so my resume wasn’t getting much attention. So I knew something was missing there. That was the primary thing that was on my mind at the time, because I just wasn’t getting any sort of response from anything. [After joining the Association] one of the greatest “aha moments” was the concept of adding value. That was not something that I was used to. Another big “aha moment” was the concept of transferable skills. That’s what a lot of us coming from academia don’t really realize–if you feel like you’re missing something on your resume, that’s probably it.

Lalit Sharma, PhD

Scientist - Nurix Inc.

Initially for me the main thing was making the decision whether to go into academia or industry. That’s what I was struggling with, and I was leaning toward academia. But after I decided to look into industry, that’s why I realized that my surroundings, my network, was all in academia. I was lucky enough to get a good advisor, but they had only academic connections. So I knew that I needed a strategy to get an industry job, and that’s when I was looking around and found the Cheeky Scientist Association. When I was going through the modules on the website, the first thing that really helped me was the LinkedIn module, and also learning the difference between a CV and an industry resume. And in the private group, the success stories really motivated me, especially during the time when I was getting a lot of rejections. So that really motivated me.

Ale Audia, PhD

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.

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.

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.

Chronis Fatouros, PhD

Lab Head - iDNA Genomics

I was unsure of where to start, and I didn’t have any industry internships. My lack of experience was my biggest impediment. I wasn’t sure how to leverage what I learned in my academic career. After 3 months of joining Cheeky I received a job offer.

Swati Kunduri, PhD

Senior Medical Science Liaison - Chiesi Global Rare Diseases

I wasn’t sure which career path I wanted to pursue. I knew I wanted to be an MSL, but the competition and my lack of experience clouded my dream. Once I joined Cheeky, I realized I had transferable skills and learned how to position them. Having an accountability partner provided me with a lot of support during my transition.

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