Frequently Asked Questions
Is Cheeky Scientist and Its Programs Real, or Are They a Scam?
The Cheeky Scientist Association and all Cheeky Scientist Advanced Programs are real, and the results are real. We get this question a lot, which make sense for two reasons.
First, PhDs and other high-level academics are logical professionals. Many of them have been stuck in academia for a long time and have been led to believe that they do not have many viable career options outside academia. As a result, when these professionals see our assertions about how valuable PhDs are and how they can easily get into high-paying and meaningful non-academic career tracks, it seems somewhat unbelievable.
Second, the results simply seem too good to be true. As one Associate said, “The video testimonials were so positive and successful, I didn’t believe them. Thankfully, I joined anyway.”
The data doesn’t lie, as they say – if you look at our many video testimonials and our many written testimonials above on this page, you will see an extraordinary number of PhDs have willingly put their names, faces, and professional reputations behind the Cheeky Scientist Association.
As a PhD, you know that this is very rare. If you are still concerned about how real Cheeky Scientist is, you can reach out directly to any of the many Associates and professionals who have gone through our programs on LinkedIn and ask them for yourself. By entering “Cheeky Scientist” into your LinkedIn search bar, you’ll be able to find an Associate to talk to directly.
How Many People in Cheeky Scientist's Programs Currently Have Industry Jobs?
A very large portion of PhDs in the program have worked in industry or currently have industry jobs. Most of the remaining members are PhD students, postdocs, TAs, junior or senior faculty members who are at various stages of the transition process, from identifying the right industry position to networking and generating referrals, to interviewing and negotiating job offers.
I Am Not a Life Science PhD. I Am an Engineer. Is Cheeky Scientist Still Right for Me?
While there are many life science PhDs in the Association, a large portion of our membership are also engineering PhDs. Many of our engineers have transitioned into industry jobs successfully, such as Yahfi Talukdar, Ph.D. and Chingyao Yang, Ph.D., whose testimonials are on this page: https://cheekyscientist.com/career-success-stories/
I Am a Non-STEM PhD. Is Cheeky Scientist Still Right for Me?
While our program has had a STEM slant in the past, a very large portion of our members are now interdisciplinary, or non-STEM.
The materials and strategies we give you access to are applicable across a range of industries, particularly because our clients are transitioning into jobs in a range in sectors. For instance, Associates have transitioned into top industry jobs in psychology, sociology, agriculture, design, cuisine, banking, pharma, electronics, and political science, to name a few.
When we discuss a strategy, the example story presented in the material might be of a STEM PhD, but you will be able to apply the scenario to yourself no matter what industry position you’re interested in.
For example, if we are discussing a strategy for approaching a recruiter correctly, the strategy will be effective regardless of if you are seeking a research scientist position, a sociology position, or a marketing communications position. To that end, many of our non-STEM PhDs in the Association, such as whose testimonials are on this page: https://cheekyscientist.com/career-success-stories/
I’m From Another Country and Looking for a Job in the U.S., Is Cheeky Scientist Still Right for Me? Or I’m Looking for a Job Outside of the U.S. , Is Cheeky Scientist Still Right for Me?
Yes, we have PhDs from many different countries who have transitioned into jobs in many other countries, including the U.S. We’ve also helped international PhDs navigate visa sponsorship and resident card issues. That being said, we do not offer legal advice of any kind, including on sponsorship or residency.
I Am in the Early Stages of My PhD Program. Can Cheeky Scientist Still Help Me?
Yes, we have many of PhD students who have joined the Cheeky Scientist Association and have successfully lined up industry jobs prior to graduation. Many of those in the Association are still in graduate school. It can take PhD students months to years to line up a job in industry so PhD students should not wait to get approval to graduate to start their job search.
I Have a MSc Degree. Can the Cheeky Scientist Association Still Help Me?
Yes, we have MSc holders in the Association who have transitioned successfully into industry positions.
I Am Not in a PhD Program Yet. Can Cheeky Scientist Still Help Me?
We have few students who are not in a PhD program yet. The value is that these people get to network with thousands of other PhDs and industry professionals prior to joining graduate school.
What If I Don’t Have My PhD yet or What If I’m Not 100% Sure I Want to Work in Industry? Will This Help Me Figure Out Where to Start?
As mentioned above, many of our members are PhD candidates who do not have their PhD yet. The Association is specifically designed to help PhD candidates line up an industry job before they even leave graduate school.
Many of our members are not 100% certain they want to work in industry. However, they are certain that they want to have the option to work in industry. If you’re at all interested in working in industry, you have to start preparing now. Otherwise, you will be left behind. With so many PhDs graduating into unemployment or being stuck in postdocs or other training positions years and years, it only makes sense to start getting the industry credibility you need now, not later.
If you’re even mildly interested in working in industry but don’t know where to start, we’ve developed materials that will help you find the right position for you.
How Much Time Do I Need to Commit to the Cheeky Scientist Association or the Cheeky Scientist Advanced Programs?
The Cheeky Scientist Association requires a time investment. They are designed to help you develop a deep and strong foundation that will put you on the fast track to getting the industry job of your choice right now.
Other factors that will affect how much time you will need for the Association include:
- How much prior industry experience you have
- How experienced you are with basic technology
- Your overall clarity and how quickly you make decisions
- Whether or not you complete the materials as directed and take advantage of the private mentorship you’re provided
- Whether or not you choose to participate in the comments and conversations in our private online groups (these are recommended, but optional)
- Whether or not you show up to meetings and engage with others in real time by asking questions
- Whether or not you keep up with the weekly schedule we prescribe, or make progress in your own time
If you choose to go through the program live with us and fully participate in every aspect of the course (live meetings, private mentorship, comments, conversations in the community, etc.), a very rough time estimate would be one to two hours per week, depending on how fully you engage in the materials.
You Mentioned a Cheeky Scientist Association Communities—what Are These and How Do I Get the Most Out of Them?
We strongly believe that a person’s network is their net worth. Being part of a community of like-minded professionals who are dedicated to their own personal and professional success should be an important part of your career strategy. Surrounding yourself with people who are dedicated to their career goals will keep you motivated and moving forward. We treat the members of the Association as friends and we encourage you to participate and build life-long friends as well.
There is a private and very friendly private website and mobile app-based forum just for members where you will be supported by PhDs with industry experience who are constantly supporting you with answers to your questions and comments on topics ranging from current job openings and new PhD-level industry positions to networking event information and advanced LinkedIn strategies.
Will Cheeky Scientist Work for Me? I’ve Joined Other Programs and They Didn’t Do Anything. How Is This Different?
You are an intelligent academic, which means that you know that no program will work unless you work. If you’re expecting the Cheeky Scientist Association, or anything else, to magically solve your problems, please do not sign-up. This is not some weekend retreat where you come in and hear a bunch of empty, motivational words and then go back to whatever it is you were doing before.
The Association is designed to help you, not just get your first industry job, but to help you get promoted and stay one step ahead for the rest of your career. This means we actually care that you implement our material and will continue to work with you until you get the job offer you want. That being said, you must be committed.
We know that if you do the work, you will achieve results and get a great industry job. We’re challenging you to think and behave differently than the average PhD. You cannot just get our materials and stop working. Knowledge is not the end result here. You must apply your knowledge. We put a tremendous amount of energy into the Association and you need to match that energy. Unified effort—you working hard and us working hard for you—is what will make you successful.
What Are the Payment Plans for the Cheeky Scientist Association & Advanced Programs?
In general, you can either pay a one-time membership fee or pay through a monthly installment plan.
What If I Don't Like The Cheeky Scientist Program I Joined? Do You Have a Refund Policy?
Unless otherwise indicated, we do NOT offer any refunds whatsoever for the Cheeky Scientist Association Diamond program or any program we offer because our member directory, materials, and other services are delivered immediately upon purchase.
Does Cheeky Scientist guarantee job placement?
No, Cheeky Scientist makes no promise or guarantee of any job or employment. In some cases, we offer a refund guarantee where a full or partial refund will be given if the terms of our program are not met on our end. However, each program member’s full participation is expected and a crucial part of the process. We both must be committed equally to your success for the program to work for you.