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Industry Transition Spotlight: Kristy Bialas, 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.

3 Reasons Why Quantitative Analysis Is A Good Fit For PhDs

There is a wide range of industry positions that are great options for PhDs. One lesser known, but quite lucrative position is that of a quantitative analyst. These positions are in high demand and PhDs have many of the skills needed for this role. PhDs who are experts with data sets and data mining, who have strong mathematical and statistical backgrounds, and who have an interest in finance, are well-suited for a role as a quantitative analyst. PhDs who can work under pressure and who have excellent communication skills will be able to succeed in quantitative analysis roles. With a wide range of potential employers and an increasing demand, quantitative analysis roles are an excellent career choice for PhDs.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (September 17th, 2017)

Every week we scour the internet to find the best industry transition articles for PhDs, so you don’t have to. We have two consultants independently search for the most informative articles on networking, CVs/resumes, interviews, transferable skills, academic blues, industry positions, and business acumen. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and for a top overall article each week. This week’s best articles are here.

Careers In Data Science (Industry Careers For PhDs Podcast)

Do you want to learn more about the most in-demand career of the 21st century? Do you know how your PhD makes you the perfect candidate for a data scientist role? In this episode of the Industry Careers for PhDs podcast, we interview Dr. Damon Civin, who transitioned from his PhD into a Data Scientist role in a leading software design company.   In this podcast, you’ll learn: Why he chose to transition out of academia and into Data Science What is Data Science day-to-day activities, challenges, academic background What is the application process like for Data Scientist roles How…

5 Shortcuts to Finish Your Thesis 12 Months Sooner

I was a fifth year PhD student, and I had already started looking for jobs, but the thought of having “the talk” with my supervisor about graduation terrified me. I was trapped in a vicious cycle. I was hesitant about fully engaging in my job search because I didn’t know when I would finish my thesis. At the same time, the subconscious fear of, “What will I do after graduation to pay the bills?” paralyzed me when I tried to work on my thesis. But, one thing was crystal clear: I couldn’t leave my thesis up to chance. Here, you will find 5 shortcuts to finish your thesis 12 months sooner.

I just saw that there were no professorships available in academia and I didn’t want to do the 5 year minimum of a postdoc. The competition is too intense for such a small prize. That is when I came across the Cheeky Scientist Association. It had a well organized path laid out and the private group provided a wealth of information. It is a great collection of resources for getting PhDs hired. It is a very fictional and complete program and the CSA has brought in the right people that are and will be of great support no matter the stage of your transition.

The CSA is a program that creates a mindset shift AWAY from academia (teaches you to stop thinking you’ll be a professor or get grants, etc). It’s really a program about communication too – how to network, communicate with bosses and all other essential conversations that you need to master to transition into industry. The stories that were shared in the private group really resonated with me. It made me realize or remember my own power. The program was VERY complete and comprehensive, and the member’s directory is a fantastic way to connect with other Cheekies with common interests or locations.

Aditya J. Desai, Ph.D.

I always wanted to go to industry. Before joining the CSA, I had sent out many resumes and kept getting no responses. I contacted people who did video testimonials for the CSA on LinkedIn and set up informational interviews with them. After talking with them I knew that the CSA would be able to help me. As soon as I joined, I was pleasantly surprised by the wealth of material I had access to. The resume material helped me immediately. I stopped my job search and started going through the material. The mindset you develop from being a Cheeky Scientist is incredible – you gain confidence & courage to start networking. The negotiation materials were priceless. If you want to go to any position in industry, especially training that is not just lab based, the Association will give you the overall development for practical and theoretical aspects of industry. It grooms you to do well in everything from resumes to informational interviews.

My first impression of the Cheeky Scientist Association was: “Wow, there are so many people like me!” I felt inspired reading the guidebook of 40 different industry positions for PhDs. I never knew there were so many opportunities for us. I learned about FAS positions and it was a perfect fit. Now I have this position. Because of Association I was completely prepared for all interviews. The CSA is a group that guides you for any position you are interested in and it teaches you about more opportunities than you ever thought about. If you don’t have time for your job search or don’t know where to start – the Association will streamline your strategy and make sure it is successful.

Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, I had no idea where to start. No one in academia had trained me on anything but the academic track. I didn’t know who to talk to or how to network. When I joined, I immediately learned a great deal from other people’s experiences that were shared in the private group, in particular interview experiences. The resume modules were also very helpful. Overall, the CSA is a really big, and diverse network, of both prior academics and career transition professionals that help you transition into industry.