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Transition Spotlights

Read about how some of our Associates overcame a variety of common challenges PhDs face in their transitions to land the top industry position of their dreams.

Industry Transition Spotlight: Hayley Maynard, PhD

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

In this interview with Hayley Maynard, PhD, she talks about how she dealt with the large differences between academia and industry. She tells us how these differences have actually given her great opportunities to grow at the company and have a real impact on the company culture.

Industry Transition Spotlight: Mihaela Marinaj, PhD

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

In this interview with Mihaela Marinaj, PhD, she tells us how persistence in her job search and leveraging both her technical and non-technical skills helped her land a medical writing position. She is enjoying industry and see a clear career growth path ahead of her.

Industry Transition Spotlight: James Morris, PhD

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

In this interview with James Morris, PhD, he tells us about how he has found industry to be a wonderful place to work. He is learning so much in the fast pace of industry and enjoying the way that quality communication is valued. Leaving academia has given James some great opportunities and his career continues to grow.

Industry Transition Spotlight: Karin Weigelt, PhD

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

In this interview with Karin Weigelt, PhD, she discusses how she used her PhD to leave an unsupportive academic environment for an industry position where she has a wonderful manager and is learning many valuable skills. Karin enjoys her dynamic industry position, and wants current job seekers to know that it’s worth the effort to be curious and find an industry position that you will enjoy.

Industry Transition Spotlight: Kristy Bialas, PhD

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

In this interview with Kristy Bialas, PhD, she explains that once she realized her value outside of academia, she was able to land an industry job in the field she wanted at a pay she deserved. Instead of being undervalued and questioned as a postdoc, she is viewed as an expert, and her opinion matters and is considered every single day. She tells other PhDs looking to transition out of academia to stop questioning their potential and leave — now.