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.
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.
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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…
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.