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Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (July 23rd, 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, transferable skills, interviews, academic blues, and industry positions. 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.

5 Ways A Postdoc Will Ruin Your Career

Accepting a postdoc as a PhD might seem like the next logical step. It might seem like the only step. The truth is, you do not need to finish, or even start, a postdoc to be successful in industry. In fact, the best thing you can do for your career is quit your postdoc and start transitioning into industry as soon as possible. There are too many PhDs for academia to employ and if you accept or stay in a postdoc, you’re halting your career progress and settling for an embarrassingly low salary and unfulfilling work. Take your career into your own hands and quit your postdoc now. You’ll find out the things your academic institution isn’t telling you about industry work and the top 5 reasons you should quit your postdoc here.

Scientist To Management Promotions (Industry Careers For PhDs Podcast)

Wondering how to successfully climb the corporate ladder? Do you know what professional opportunities are out there for scientists in industry? In this episode of the Industry Careers for PhDs podcast, we interview Dr. Bartosz Balczerski, who is a Program Manager at Leica Biosystems. Bartosz started his industry career as a Research Scientist and was quickly promoted to Program Manager. He will walk us through what steps he took work his way up the corporate ladder from Scientist to Manager. In this podcast, you’ll learn: What are the duties of a senior scientist and what technical and transferable skills PhDs…

4 Steps To Filing For Patents That PhDs Need To Know When Applying For Jobs

Making the transition from academia to industry requires you to gain some knowledge of how businesses work. It’s not enough to have technical skills. Industry employers don’t care about your technical skills. They care about a solid set of transferable skills combined with astute business acumen. If you’re applying for jobs, particularly in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, you need to add the patenting process to your knowledge base. Knowing that you understand the process and how important it is to businesses to protect their ideas shows you are a business-informed PhD with the company’s success in mind. Learn the 4 steps of the patent filing process in this article.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (July 16th, 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, transferable skills, interviews, academic blues, and industry positions. 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.

Jeannette Stankowski PhD
Jeannette Stankowski, Ph.D.

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I made a lot of classical mistakes – it was always my goal to transition into industry but I was submitting 5-page CVs with information about proteins and mice strains, etc. I would reach out on LinkedIn and ask for a job right away. I didn’t understand the importance of networking. I was only networking with other PhDs who needed a job. I heard about the Association through a friend and signed up right away. I was totally overwhelmed in the most positive sense. I finally realized in full how much time I was wasting doing everything wrong! The webinar on networking was the biggest game changer for me mentally. I totally undervalued the importance of networking. It was hard at first but I trained myself to become more and more confident and comfortable which led to more networking and referral opportunities. My confidence boosted tremendously. I have told everyone about the CSA! It is a great way to learn what you have to do to get a job outside academia. It’s easy to get a postdoc but it’s not easy to get a non-academic job.

I wanted to join the Association for a long time but did not have the money and my postdoc funding was set to expire. I also doubted that it would be helpful for someone like be, being an older academic. It was not long after joining that I realized it was well-worth the membership fee. If you don’t join the Association, you’ll never learn enough to get a job. The free content you find online is not enough — you need the exclusive network that it offers. Recruiters started contacting me after — and they still contact me! The private group is an essential feature. Everyone shares their personal highs and lows and encourages one another to persevere. Transitioning from academia is difficult and stressful but with the Association, you never feel alone and you know you are supported 100%. CSA has also allowed me to give back as a mentor. I no longer feel like a failure – I’m not a failure. I’m an achiever. The Cheeky Scientist Association makes me feel like a better person professionally and personally.

When I started applying to Regulatory Affairs positions, I kept hearing that I didn’t have enough experience. I hadn’t networked and didn’t have any connections in industry, either. I learned about the Cheeky Scientist Association through a friend who sent me a link to one of the blog articles. I knew for sure that I wanted to join. I loved the private group and the breadth of webinars that were available to me and wished I would have joined sooner! I realized that I was approaching my job search wrong. I needed to figure out my end point first and the professional lifestyle that was right for me. Then I updated my LinkedIn profile and resume according the to CSA guidelines and everything started falling into place. For anyone considering joining the CSA, my advice is: just do it! Once I joined and started reading the success stories of other members, I realized that if they can do it, so can I.

I was spending a long time in a postdoc and it became clear it wasn’t helping me. I felt like I should be doing more. Then a friend told me about the Association and said it was an organization that I should be involved with. The CSA made me feel motivated again and I felt encouraged. All the training videos were very helpful. Initially I thought the only thing I could do was benchwork but the CSA made me feel like I could I find something else, something amazing – I felt like I could do so much more. After I joined the group I was so amazed to see PhDs helping me every time I had a question. Everyone’s stories were invaluable. The Association showed me that I wasn’t the only one who felt stuck – other PhDs were having similar struggles but together we could share our successes. The Cheeky Scientist Association is a group of intelligent people. A group dedicated to helping each other. You can do a lot after becoming a member. You have access to a network of more than 2,000 PhDs.

I knew I wanted to go into industry when I started my PhD but then I lost my way in academia as everyone around me was against it. When I joined the CSA, it was the first time I came across material that specifically addressed where I was coming from and what I was trying to achieve. I loved it immediately. All the modules were very well organized and easy to follow and the private group was really, really helpful. For me, the project management material was the most useful. From the group posts to the webinar, it helped me incorporate business language into my interview and provided me with a source of interview questions to expect and prepare for. For any PhD who is trying to figure out where they are going, the CSA will help you get there. It is well worth the money.