1. Is Cheeky Scientist and the Cheeky Scientist Association real or is this a scam?
Yes, Cheeky Scientist and the Cheeky Scientist Association is 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 careers, 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 here and our many written testimonials here, you will see that dozens and dozens of PhDs have willingly put their names, faces, and professional reputations behind Cheeky Scientist and Cheeky Scientist’s programs. 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. Just enter “Cheeky Scientist” into your LinkedIn search bar and you’ll be able to find an Associate to talk to directly, or just look for this Association Graduate LinkedIn profile badge…
2. How many people in the Cheeky Scientist Association currently have industry jobs?
Over 20% of Associates currently have industry jobs. Most of the remaining Associates are PhD students and postdocs who are at various stages of the transition process, from identifying the right industry position for them to networking and generating to interviewing and negotiating job offers.
3. I am a non-STEM PhD. Is Cheeky Scientist still right for me?
While our program does have a STEM focus, we have thousands of Cheeky Scientist Insiders and hundreds of Cheeky Scientist Associates who are not in STEM. The materials and strategies we teach are applicable across a range of industries, particularly because our Associates have transitioned into jobs in a range in sectors. For example, we’ve had Associates transition into editorial, engineering, banking, pharma, non-profit, and even professorship positions, to name a few. Overall, if you are a non-STEM PhD, ~90% of the content will be relevant. This is because when we teach a strategy, the example story might involve a STEM PhD, but the strategy will be applicable across disciplines. In other words, you will be able to apply the scenario to yourself to get the industry job you want. For instance, if we are teaching you how to approach a recruiter correctly, the strategy will be the same regardless of if you are a historian, nutritionist, engineer, marketing professional, scientist, or accountant.
“I was concerned that there wouldn’t be much value in the Cheeky Scientist Association for me. But I was wrong.”
“I’m NOT a STEM PhD and I was concerned that there wouldn’t be much value in the Cheeky Scientist Association for me. But I was wrong. As an Associate, I learned how to network properly and how to better spend my time. I also learned about the importance of referrals and was able to get a better sense of what options were available to me. What I enjoyed most about the Association was hearing stories from other PhDs, including what obstacles others are up against and how to overcome those obstacles. My favorite part of the program was being able to grow my network by connecting with the Association”s exclusive group. I got the tools I need to get the industry job I want and am happy I took a risk to join because really there was no risk.”
Kenli Urruty, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist and Diversity Coordinator
4. 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 thousands of Cheeky Scientist Insiders and hundreds of Associates from 32 different countries who have transitioned into jobs in 24 different countries, not just the U.S. We’ve also helped international PhDs get visa sponsorships for jobs in 11 different countries, not just the U.S.
5. I am in the early stages of my PhD program. Can Cheeky Scientist still help me?
Yes, we have thousands of PhD students who are Cheeky Scientist Insiders and hundreds of PhD students who have joined the Cheeky Scientist Association and have successfully lined up industry jobs prior to graduation. ~22% of those in the Association are still in graduate school. On average, it takes PhD students 6 months to 2 years to line up a job in industry so PhD students should not wait to get approval to graduate to start their job search.
6. I have a MSc degree. Can Cheeky Scientist still help me?
Yes, we have hundreds of MSc holders who are Cheeky Scientist Insiders and many MSc holders in the Association who have transitioned successfully into industry positions. ~7% of those in the Association are MSc holders.
7. I am not in a PhD program yet. Can Cheeky Scientist still help me?
Yes. For example, we have many people who are not in a PhD program yet in the Association. The value is that these people get to network with thousands of other PhDs and industry professionals prior to joining graduate school. In many cases, these people have received letters of recommendation from other Associates – letters that have helped them get into graduate programs.