Written By: Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D.
Having a PhD is a significant advantage.
Don’t let other people confuse you.
PhDs get paid higher than non-PhDs and are in high demand.
Trained professionals who know how to create information, not just repackage it, are desperately needed.
If you have a PhD or are on your way to having one and you’re reading this, you are poised to enter into any alternative career of your choice.
The only thing that can hold you back is yourself — by choosing to be one-dimensional and choosing to ignore the less objective transferable skills that will complement your PhD and improve your career trajectory.
A PhD offers you great advantages over other job candidates and over the population in general.
More than anything else, your PhD has taught you how to find answers.
Your PhD has taught you how to learn.
After all, a PhD, or a doctor of philosophy degree, is essentially a degree in knowing how to acquire knowledge.
This makes you extremely valuable.
According to a large-scale survey reported by Forbes, the top three desired skills for every industry position are: critical thinking, complex problem-solving, and correct decision-making.
In other words, you have to be able to identify problems, find the right problem, and then find the right answer to that problem.
Guess what? PhDs excel in all three of these areas.
Never forget the fact that you are a researcher.
You are highly trained in identifying problems and finding solutions to those problems.
Think of all the uncountable hours, days, week, months, and years (even decades!) you’ve spent trying to find answers to the world’s toughest unknown questions.
You know how to approach questions from angles that other job candidates would never see.
You know how to follow a lead through 5 academic journal articles, 7 book references, and a plot in a figure that was published 15 years ago just because it helps prove some minute aspect of your overall hypothesis.
While most people are skimming nonsense on a message board, you have the research skills needed to dig deeply into credible resources to find credible information.
The problem is that many PhDs struggle to leverage these skills when it comes to executing an industry job search.
Instead, these PhDs see an industry job search as a black box.
They’re unsure of what’s normal and what’s not normal.
They’re unsure of their options.
They’re unsure of where to get started.
As a result, they feel alone and often opt out of the job search process altogether.
Don’t be one of these PhDs.
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Isaiah believes that if you feel stuck somewhere in your life right now, you should make a change. Don’t sit still and wait for the world to tell you what to do. Start a new project. Build your own business. Take action. Experimentation is the best teacher.
Latest posts by Isaiah Hankel Ph.D. (see all)
- Industry Transition Spotlight: Morgan Bye, PhD - November 16, 2017
- Transferable Skills (Cheeky Scientist Radio) - November 9, 2017
- The Top 6 Most Difficult R&D Interview Questions Every PhD Should Know - October 28, 2017