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The One Thing LinkedIn Uses To Increase The Visibility Of PhDs To Employers

By: Sarah Smith, PhD

I didn’t start my LinkedIn profile until after the pandemic hit. Suddenly, I had some time on my hands and desperately needed a job. I quickly threw one together and connected with everyone I could think of. I had 100 connections and a Social Selling Index (SSI) score of 12. Luckily I had learned about SSI in a recent Cheeky Scientist webinar. So, even though I joined LinkedIn pretty late in my PhD career, I knew enough to get me started.  I decided to improve my SSI score before I even started looking for a job. It made me very…

The 7 Point Plan That Took Me From Networking Novice To The Center Of Connectivity

By: Sarah Smith, PhD

Networking was one of those things I was always doing “tomorrow.”  It was so much easier to sit down and work on my resume, or change some word choices on my LinkedIn. They were easy and they made me feel like I accomplished something. But really it was like treading water.  I tread this water for months, thinking I was moving somewhere but I was only moving with a gentle current. My actions weren’t actually propelling me in any direction. I wasn’t getting any hits on my LinkedIn, I wasn’t getting any call backs on my resume.  Was I not…

3 Things PhDs Must Know To Land A Great Project Manager Job

By: Devsmita Das, PhD

PhDs are highly suited to work in project management. They know how to oversee parallel projects and juggle multiple tasks. They can also coordinate different teams and integrate separate features into a cohesive whole. Industry project managers do the same thing. But there are some key differences PhDs need to understand before they transition into this industry role.

3 Reasons Why Management Consulting Is A Great Fit For PhDs

By: Aditya Sharma, PhD

Management consulting is not going anywhere. Ibis World reports an annual industry growth of 3.4% with consulting businesses currently numbering nearly 800K. Given that consulting is thriving, management consultant salaries tend to be on the higher end. Consulting giant McKinsey has raised the base salary of PhD-holding consultants to $165K. And the most exciting part is that this number seems to be growing for PhD hires. A business willing to pay salaries of this quality values its employees to a high degree. PhDs deserve pay that reflects their unusual and highly functional skill sets. And industry is willing to pay…

Top 5 Careers for Engineering PhDs

By: Tavis Mendez, PhD

The world of engineering has an array of choices available to PhDs. The time to start understanding what is available to you is now. The sooner you begin networking with industry professionals, the better your chances are for landing a job outside of academia. You are doing your career a disservice by limiting yourself to academia. In industry, your engineering PhD can earn you a position in chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, aerospace engineering, computer software engineering, or telecommunications engineering. The choice is yours to make.

Top 5 Biocareers For Life Science PhDs

By: Aditya Sharma, PhD

While academic career prospects are diminishing, the opportunities for life science PhDs outside the ivory tower are growing. Your skills are desirable in an array of industry biocareers. Industry needs life science PhDs to fill management consulting, medical science liaison, medical communication, research and development scientist, and application scientist roles. Whatever your passion or career interests, there is an industry position suited to your skillset.

Why PhDs Shouldn't Overlook A Career With A Nonprofit Organization

By: Janay Cody

The majority of PhD students and postdocs do not consider nonprofit work an option for them. They believe that doing nonprofit work means you don’t make any money. As if doing meaningful work and being paid well for it is impossible. Or, they believe that nonprofit work is not significant. As if the phrase “nonprofit” means not-good-enough or not-important or less-than. The truth is the nonprofit sector is very powerful and full of great job opportunities. If you’re a PhD who wants to have a bigger impact on the world, consider pursuing a career in the nonprofit industry. Nonprofits are…