Testimonials

Positive, constant feedback from the associates helped me to revamp my LinkedIn profile and my connections increased exponentially.

Alokta. Ph.D.

Given my location where people are more ‘private’, I felt extremely restricted in my job search and networking approaches. I also had awkward experiences during a few phone screens. I realized the need to have internal referrals and networks but had no idea how to get them. After I joined CSA, I was amazed by the super-quality and the fast feedback I got in the group. Positive, constant feedback from the associates helped me to revamp my LinkedIn profile and my connections increased exponentially. In particular, the ‘to-the-point’ tweaked texts from the highly talented associates enabled me to connect to people in my location. Finally, I started to have a network. Joining CSA has been a decision that I will never regret. Now I just travel 15 min to work.

Alokta Chakrabarti, Ph.D.
Group Leader, Cellular Drug Discovery, ProQinase

The Association saved me - the success stories showed me that it’s possible to get a job.

jonathan-gonzalez-flores-ph-d

CSA gave me such a strong platform to leverage to get a job. I’m a YouTube and blog junkie but everything else online is so poorly organized compared to the Association. The Association saved me - the success stories showed me that it’s possible to get a job. I learned so much from the private group - they inspired me and told me the strategic and tactical steps to get employed. The Association is for PhDs who are willing to share - it’s a community of like-minded people who want to be successful and want to help each other, there’s no nastiness, no criticism, just a complete can-do attitude.

Jonathan González-Flores, Ph.D.
Research Scientist II, Pall Life Sciences

I knew that I needed to do more than just upload resumes but I didn’t know what else there was to do or how to do it.

gaelle-combeau-ph-d

I knew that I needed to do more than just upload resumes but I didn’t know what else there was to do or how to do it. Getting a job was harder than I thought before joining the association, but much easier than I thought after joining and getting the right information. My "ah-ha" moment was when I found out just how useful LinkedIn was. I learned how to not be shy and how to follow up without being annoying. I learned how to be seen. In the private group, I was able to get feedback BEFORE I needed it. Hearing other people’s transition stories kept me going and the group culture kept me in a good mood throughout my job search.

Gaëlle Combeau, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Biochemistry, AES Diagnostics

I enjoyed the workshops on reaching out to people on LinkedIn and how to network online, including pages of scripts for us to use!

wibke-cramaro-phd

I joined the association a year before finishing my PhD. I saw what it means to be a postdoc and I was sure that it was not the kind of life I wanted. I knew there was something better out there but I didn't know what.  The association taught me the variety of positions that are available to me. I enjoyed the workshops on reaching out to people on LinkedIn and how to network online, including pages of scripts for us to use! The private group was very helpful as well.

 

Wibke Cramaro, Ph.D.
Pharmaceutical Consultant, Janssen-Cilag GmbH

The resume workshops were immensely helpful.

yeonju-lee-phd

Like most PhDs, I knew I wanted to transition out of academia but I had no idea where to start. I came across the Cheeky Scientist Association and thought I had nothing to lose. I learned so much from the private group. The conversations helped me to feel at ease with my own worries and gave me confidence for upcoming interviews. The resume workshops were immensely helpful. I had no idea just how academic my resume was previously and what employers were actually looking for. I am grateful for all the advice and support of the Cheeky Scientist Association.

 

Yeonju Lee, Ph.D.
Scientist I, Five Prime Therapeutics Inc.

The Cheeky Scientist Association helped me look outside of my comfort zone.

mathura-shanmugasundaram-phd

I didn't think I would need help finding a job. I had a good resume (or so I thought) and I figured that was all there was to it. But my job search was coming up empty-handed and I wasn't sure what I was doing wrong. The Cheeky Scientist Association helped me look outside of my comfort zone. They showed me how to network, create a targeted industry resume and realize all the potential I had. I was overwhelmed by the support of the Association's private community. They showed me that anything is possible with the right attitude and strategy.

 

Mathura Shanmugasundaram, Ph.D.
Medical Science Liaison, OneOme

I got a job offer for the industry position of my choice during my postdoc so I could make a smooth transition.

ferzin-sethna-phd

I had a terrible PhD experience. I felt trapped and dependent other people in order to be happy. I never wanted to be in that position again. I knew that my heart and soul was at the bench and I wanted to translate that into a position in R&D. My goal was to build connections and explore positions while doing my postdoc. Joining the Cheeky Scientist Association helped me do just that. I got a job offer for the industry position of my choice during my postdoc so I could make a smooth transition. I enjoyed the inspiring stories and all the conversations that took place within the private group. It was refreshing that everyone was so open about sharing their hardships as opposed to academia where you are forced to stay quiet.

 

Ferzin Sethna, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Xeno Biotech

The networking materials opened my eyes to the hidden job market and I was able to grow my network of industry professionals and gain insight into roles I never knew were available.

wai-hoong-chan-phd

Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, I had trouble finding jobs. I didn't know where to look (I was dependent on online job boards) or what job exactly I wanted. The networking materials opened my eyes to the hidden job market and I was able to grow my network of industry professionals and gain insight into roles I never knew were available. The interview materials ensured I went into every job application confident and ready to present myself in the best possible manner. The private group was also extremely helpful. It was inspiring and encouraging to read about what other people were doing, what challenges they faced and what worked for them.

 

Wai Hoong Chan, Ph.D.
R&D Engineer, Top Glove

Thanks to the Cheeky Scientist Association, I was able to carve my own career path, doing something I love and working for myself.

nattha-wannissorn-phd

Thanks to the Cheeky Scientist Association, I was able to carve my own career path, doing something I love and working for myself.  The Association showed me that PhDs have a wealth of opportunities and should not pigeon-hole themselves into one role.  I learned about all sorts of jobs and even pursued management consulting for some time.  Cheeky showed me how my skills could adapt to a variety of careers and I improved my writing skills, learning to target to a specific audience.  Not only that, but my networking skills improved substantially. I feel very fortunate to be part of this group.

 

Nattha Wannissorn, Ph.D.
Chief Editor and Consultant, SelfHacked.com

I attended many career events but found there was a disconnect between finding a job and gaining the necessary skills to do so. I joined the association because they provided specific, 'how-to' instructions to gain these skills.

abhay-thakur-ph-d

Before joining the association, I had no idea how to transition or the processes that were involved. I attended many career events but found there was a disconnect between finding a job and gaining the necessary skills to do so. I joined the association because they provided specific, 'how-to' instructions to gain these skills. The modules helped me to focus on the career path I truly wanted and the professional lifestyle that went along with it. I am very shy by nature but the private group gave me confidence. Initially I simply watched the interactions within the group but I soon noticed how important it was to add value to gain value in return. I could not be more pleased with my decision to join.

Abhay Thakur, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, LakePharma

I received help straight away, was able to connect with other Associates on LinkedIn and got many suggestions on how to apply for jobs.

martin-holmes-phd

A postdoc did not seem very appealing to me - short-term contracts, no teamwork and no translation of my work to everyday life. I recognized how little training I actually had to transition into industry so with less than 6 months left in my PhD, I decided to join the Cheeky Scientist Association. I wanted help with my resume, building my LinkedIn profile as well as filling in the gaps of any business skill deficiencies. I found the most value from the private group.  I received help straight away, was able to connect with other Associates on LinkedIn and got many suggestions on how to apply for jobs successfully. I managed to get a job only 4 days after enrolling!

 

Martin Holmes, Ph.D.
Senior Product Manager, Self Care Catalysts

I was hesitant to join at first as my background is in applied mathematics but the job search strategy is the same regardless of your background and I made valuable connections within the private group.

vincent-genest-ph-d

I struggled to think of what I could do with my PhD skills. The only thing I could come up with was a postdoc but that left me miserable. After joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, my mindset shifted immediately. Instead of thinking of a career based on my technical skills, I thought about what I wanted to do and then designed an approach to get there. The CSA helped me to stop making excuses. Now I had a solid plan and it was up to me to make it happen. I was hesitant to join at first as my background is in applied mathematics but the job search strategy is the same regardless of your background and I made valuable connections within the private group. The private group provided invaluable and immediate feedback on everything from my LinkedIn profile to my resume. Not only that, but the feedback came from multiple sources. There was positive peer pressure to succeed which kept me accountable for my job search and was very motivating.

Vincent Genest, Ph.D.
Associate Consultant, McKinsey & Company

I made a lot of friends and all the interviews I went to were thanks to suggestions by other Cheeky Scientist members.

arya-ashok-ph-d

Rejections are a normal part of the job search process. It never feels good to be rejected but if you learn from your failures, then you will continue to improve and you will succeed. The only reason I continually improved was because of the Cheeky Scientist Association. Before joining, I had no idea where to start.  I was randomly applying to jobs and hearing nothing in return. The Cheeky Scientist Association webinars were incredibly helpful, in particular the resume workshop and how to negotiate salaries. Negotiating a job offer never even cross my mind but thanks for the CSA, I was able to get significantly increase my starting salary. The private group is more like a support system. I made a lot of friends and all the interviews I went to were thanks to suggestions by other Cheeky Scientist members. Everyone helps each other out  - we are all cheering for each other.

 

 

Arya Ashok, Ph.D.
Project Leader, Champions Oncology, Inc.

Networking with other people who were going through the same thing is exactly what I needed and the support was tremendous.

jaideep-mallick-phd

Like many other PhD’s, I ended up stuck outside of academia, but without an industry position either. It wasn’t a good place to be and none of the businesses I sent my CV to were responding. It was pretty obvious that I needed some help, so I signed up for CSA in hopes of learning enough to move forward in my career. Almost immediately, I discovered that I’d been going about my job search all wrong. The course itself is extremely helpful with guiding you through the process of creating a good online presence, but what I found to be most helpful was the private group. Networking with other people who were going through the same thing is exactly what I needed and the support was tremendous. I would certainly recommend the program to other PhDs.

Jaideep Mallick, Ph.D.
Laboratory Manager and Senior Research Associate, Concordia University

It was extremely motivating to hear about other Cheeky transition stories in the private group. I would go through the posts and pick up on suggestions on how to improve my own job search strategy.

gabriele-dadalt-souto-ph-d

When I started my job search, I wasn't sure what I really wanted. I lacked passion for the position I was applying for. I just wanted a job - any job. I never asked questions following a job interview, never showed curiosity and failed to follow up. The Cheeky Scientist Association taught me the value of always asking questions. Thanks to them, I completely changed my mindset towards interviews. I put myself in the position of the hiring manager and wondered what exactly they were looking for in a new hire. I researched companies extensively before interviewing and only applied to companies I really wanted to work for. It was extremely motivating to hear about other Cheeky transition stories in the private group. I would go through the posts and pick up on suggestions on how to improve my own job search strategy. All the information I needed to transition was at my fingertips.

Gabriele Dadalt Souto, Ph.D.
Senior Executive, L'Oréal

Through the CSA, I learned exactly how to network and began to put my new skills to use.

vaidehi-thanawala-phd

I’m a postdoc, but I discovered that I had very few skills that would translate into seeking and finding a position in the industry. Through the CSA, I learned exactly how to network and began to put my new skills to use. The training is very well thought out and motivating. It helped me become far more confident as I start applying for industry jobs. It’s definitely a program that I would recommend to anyone who is in need of a little help.

Vaidehi Thanawala, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist I, Vapogenix Inc.

I implemented the resume changes they recommended, sent it out to 3 companies and got 3 call backs the next day.

susmita-bandyopadhyay-ph-d

Immigration issues caused a lot of headache for me early on. I was unable to get a H1B visa and had subsequently quit my job. I was then able to get a Green Card and started applying for months but never received any interviews even though I had previous industry experience. When I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, I was struck by all the success stories. I watched the resume workshop and it changed my entire life. I implemented the resume changes they recommended, sent it out to 3 companies and got 3 call backs the next day. I couldn't believe it. It was the best day I ever had - I was jumping up and down! I am very excited about my new job - the entire transition process has been a transformative experience for me.

 

Susmita Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D.
Research & Development Specialist, Chemical Solutions Limited

The Transition Plan is awesome - it allowed me to figure out what I really want.

sheetal-bodhankar-phd

I looked for a job for months without success. My resume got me through to some interviews but I choked on the behavioral questions. I felt defeated. I nearly gave up completely until I came upon the Cheeky Scientist Association. The Transition Plan is awesome - it allowed me to figure out what I really want. I went from being scatterbrained to knowing exactly what I wanted to do. I became focused. The workshop on professional branding really stood out for me and helped me to build industry credibility. Above all, the private group helped me immensely. They raised my self-esteem. People feel comfortable not only sharing their successes but also their failures. This open and supportive community was exactly what I need to turn my job search around.

 

 

Sheetal Bodhankar, Ph.D.
Systems Verification Specialist III, BD Biosciences

I was really impressed with the support and the positive community - everyone was really open to helping others.

madhurima-das-phd

There’s a lot of opportunity in Boston but also much more competition. I struggled to get my name out there and get an interview. After joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I was really impressed with the support and the positive community - everyone was really open to helping others. After just a few days, I was able to start getting job referrals and securing interviews from other Associates. Despite the competition in Boston, I was able to get into a top job and am now very happy. 

Madhurima Das, Ph.D.
Management Consultant, Simon-Kucher & Partners

After joining, I gained immediate benefit from the Transition Plan - everything was very strategic, specific and easy-to-follow.

jovana-matic-phd

Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, I had no direction. I lacked any information about job searching and was geographically very isolated so did not have the opportunity to attend any networking events.  What made it even worse was that everyone around me was confused too. I had no mentors, no guidance available to me. I had no idea what positions were out there. After joining, I gained immediate benefit from the Transition Plan - everything was very strategic, specific and easy-to-follow. I develop business acumen and thought more like an industry professional. My questions were always immediately answered in the private group and I felt a sense confident walking into my interviews.

 

Jovana Matic, Ph.D.
Head of Science, Vimeda GmbH

The Association's private group provided a supportive environment and all my frantic questions were immediately answered.

michelle-ta-phd

I didn't think I had enough experience to transition into industry. I assumed no one would hire me and that I wouldn't fit in anywhere outside academia. The Cheeky Scientist Association was a breath of fresh air. The Association's private group provided a supportive environment and all my frantic questions were immediately answered. I was surrounded by other PhDs who had the same trepidation as I did and I was able to interact with them personally. It was an amazing feeling. The material was especially helpful to teach me the etiquette of interviews and negotiation. The webinars contained a wealth of knowledge on such a wide variety of topics. It was perfect for anyone exploring different career paths and unsure where to start.

 

Michelle Ta, Ph.D.
Medical Affairs Associate, Fresenius Kabi

I was able to learn first-hand from Associates about what certain positions entail, as well as how to leverage my strengths for the right position for me. There were so many helpful conversations, I cannot stress its value enough.

michael-morabito-ph-d

I had the best night sleep of my life the day I decided to leave academia. For 4 months I felt stuck, knowing I wanted to leave my postdoc but unsure what to do about it. I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association and immediately the materials opened my eyes to all the fields I could explore. The private group was by far the most helpful component. Initially I thought about transitioning into a Medical Science Liaison role but I learned from Associates in the private group that this would involve a lot of travel, which would not suit my lifestyle. I was able to learn first-hand from Associates about what certain positions entail, as well as how to leverage my strengths for the right position for me. There were so many helpful conversations, I cannot stress its value enough.

 

Michael Morabito, Ph.D.
Equity Research Associate, Credit Suisse

I worked in academia for over 12 years after getting my PhD and through my career was pretty much over. I knew I had a lot of skills to offer outside of academia but I thought I was too old now, and I didn't know what I wanted to do.

francesco-conti-phd

I worked in academia for over 12 years after getting my PhD and through my career was pretty much over. I knew I had a lot of skills to offer outside of academia but I thought I was too old now, and I didn't know what I wanted to do. The Association helped me find my target. The online materials helped me understand what options were available and which careers would suit my strengths. All of the webinars were helpful in reaffirming my decision to leave academia and making me a stronger job candidate. From technical sales to communication, the webinars covered a breadth of transferable skill training and career topics. I enjoyed that I could always depend on the private group whenever I needed to to answer all my questions and help me prepare for upcoming interviews.

 

Francesco Conti, Ph.D.
Associate Editor, Springer Nature

The CSA helped me to become an industry professional through their extensive training program and online resources.

mohana-mahalingam-phd

My first introduction to the Cheeky Scientist Association was when I attended the Cheeky Scientist Summit in Boston. I didn't know the first thing about networking or how to frame a professional email. The CSA helped me to become an industry professional through their extensive training program and online resources. The webinar on presentation skills helped me to impress companies at interviews and they remarked how they never expected such a professional presentation from an academic. As I did not have time to check into the private group often, I was happy to receive a weekly email which summarized the best conversations from the private group as well as advertising local Cheeky Scientist meetups and keeping me up-to-date when other associates successfully transitioned into industry.

 

Mohana Mahalingam, Ph.D
Scientist I, Austin Biomedical

Without Cheeky, I would not have gotten the job I have today!

charu-munjal-ph-d

I had absolutely no experience with job searching. The Cheeky Scientist Association helped me through its supportive private group. Associates who had already transitioned remained active in the private group and their expertise and helpful recommendations were very encouraging. The webinars brought a fresh perspective on various industry careers from professionals located all over the world. The Research Scientist Society questionnaire was very stimulating and this private group gave me even more structure. The mock interviews and video calls were fantastic and I always received help on perfecting written scripts to hiring manager, recruiters, cold contacts and the like! Without Cheeky, I would not have gotten the job I have today!

 

Charu Munjal, Ph.D.
Clinical Project Manager, Biomedical Systems

The webinars were amazing - extremely insightful and solution focused.

arsalan-daudi-phd

After receiving my Ph.D., I worked at a startup/academic publishing hybrid. The position was very academic in nature and I knew I still wanted to get a full industry job but had no clue how to identify the right positions. I tried on my own for a while and sent out a bunch of applications. Networking was just a buzzword to me so I didn't bother doing it. I heard no replies. It was a total failure on my own. After I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, the Transition Plan changed my life. I never really thought about what I wanted. The webinars were amazing - extremely insightful and solution focused. The shear interaction in the private group was phenomenal. It was perfect because I never felt alone. The LinkedIn makeover changed my networking dramatically and within a month and I began getting recruiters reaching out to me and asking if I was interested in positions they were advertising for.

 

Arsalan Daudi, Ph.D.
Healthcare Strategy & Client Management, Coleman Research

I was especially happy to see that the Cheeky Scientist Association is so international.

jason-hall-phd

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I knew I didn't want to become a professor. My job search consisted of randomly reaching out to people online and uploading resumes. Needless to say, it was fruitless and I never received a single call back. After joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, everything changed. The resume workshop was eye-opening, I completely revamped my LinkedIn profile and learned how to do informational interviews. Using the CSA strategy, these informational interviews turned into real job interviews. I received a job offer and used the CSA negotiation technique to successfully increase my salary by 5K. I was especially happy to see that the Cheeky Scientist Association is so international. In the private group, I learned about so many new opportunities and was able to network with like-minded people across the world.

 

 

Jason Hall, Ph.D.
Medical Writer, Blue Ocean Pharma LLC

I realized I was applying to industry jobs with an academic CV and this was preventing me from getting interviews.

shirley-lee-phd

I knew I didn't want to stay in academia. In fact, I often thought about quitting my PhD altogether. I would send out resumes in my spare time and hide the fact that I was a PhD student. I followed the Cheeky Scientist Association for a while but I was skeptical of whether or not it would be of any value to me. I thought it was a gimmick. Once I finally decided to join, I learned just how wrong I was. I wish I would have joined sooner because I quickly realized that I was making many mistakes. For example, I was applying to industry jobs with an academic CV and this was preventing me from getting interviews, or any call-backs whatsoever. The private group became my moral support. I felt helpless in academia but with the support of the Association's private group, I felt more empowered and knew I could always turn to them for a second opinion. Now, I have the job I want and am very happy.

 

Shirley Lee, Ph.D.
Scientist I, Cayman Chemical Company

Once I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, I saw that there were A LOT of options for PhDs like myself.

yara-pujol-lopez-phd

Postdoc or professorship. Those were the only two options I thought I had for the next stage stage of my career. Once I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, I saw that there were A LOT of options for PhDs like myself. I learned how to create a targeted resume and how to effectively network. The LinkedIn and informational interview training documents were very helpful and taught me the importance of building online credibility and reaching out to industry professionals to gain industry insight. On top of all the materials, the support of the private group was essential. Whenever I had questions, I could get them answered right away.

 

Yara Pujol López, Ph.D.
Clinical Research Associate II, Medpace

The private group was the biggest help by far. The immediate feedback was amazing and it eliminated the feeling of loss and despair that is often associated with career transitioning.

ashley-wagoner-phd

I had no idea how to start my job search. I was surrounded by lifetime academics who had no idea how to get into industry and could not provide me with any guidance. I was interested in clinical research but, beyond random Google searches, I had no idea where jobs in this area could be found. Once I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, the structured material gave me a lot of confidence that there were options available to me. I thought, YES! There is a lot I can do. It solidified my decision to go into industry and validated my feelings. The private group was the biggest help by far. I could see how other responded to the modules and it helped me feel like I was part of a team. The immediate feedback was amazing and it eliminated the feeling of loss and despair that is often associated with career transitioning.

Ashley Wagoner, Ph.D.
Clinical Research Associate, Quintiles

The most important moment for me was when I was told to change my mindset about resumes - it was not a peer-reviewed journal but a marketing tool.

desyree-jesus-phd

Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, I had been looking for a job for 6 months. I changed postdocs and starting hating academia. I sent resumes and, even with a referral, was unable to get a job.  I would read outdated articles online with conflicting advice and finally stumbled upon the Cheeky Scientist Association. I soon realized that I was not thinking about the lifestyle I wanted, just the job title. I never bothered to make any long terms plans. The most important moment for me was when I was told to change my mindset about resumes - it was not a peer-reviewed journal but a marketing tool. The private group showed me that finally I was not alone. Previously I felt horrible because no one wanted to hire me. Soon I realized many others felt the same despair and that job hunting was a challenge for everyone. If you’re someone who needs support and knowledge to figure out how to transition to an industry position, I recommend CSA.

Desyree Jesus, Ph.D.
Scientist (Research Analytics and Assays), Audentes Therapeutics

I can’t express how incredible this program actually is, on so many levels and platforms ...because of the Association's negotiation materials I got 50% more than the average salary!

hayley-maynard-phd

I’m just so happy, just really happy. Thank you Cheeky Scientist. I can’t express how incredible this program actually is, on so many levels and platforms. It really resonated with me. I struggled to get full-time, permanent work but failed over and over again. The network was life-changing. Getting immediate feedback and discussing people with high-level information. I lost confidence and got to the point where I would take any job. I was shooting blind. The Association made me sit down and decide what I want. This program reminded me that I was valuable. I had no idea how to negotiate and because of the Association's negotiation materials I got 50% more than the average salary!

Hayley Maynard, Ph.D.
Product Support Manager, Allianz Insurance

After joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I learned just how many career options there are for academics.

aditi-a-bauskar-ph-d

I only knew of very few alternative career options for PhDs. After joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I learned just how many career options there are for academics. The webinar on Careers in Patent Law resonated with me and was instrumental for my current career trajectory. The workshops on networking, informational interviews and improving your LinkedIn profile were very helpful and, after applying the techniques the CSA taught me, I could see positive changes in my job search immediately. The private groups was also an important aspect of my transition - it was amazing to get immediate feedback when I had a problem.

 

Aditi A. Bauskar, Ph.D.
Technical Specialist, DT Ward, PC

The Cheeky Scientist Association gave me the perspective and strategy I needed to feel comfortable promoting myself and the value I could offer a company.

amel-barich-phd

I didn't know what I wanted to do but I did NOT want to get stuck in research. Transitioning from academia was a black box to me. I didn't know the steps and I grossly underestimated the value of networking. Thanks to the Cheeky Scientist Association, I prioritized networking and that directly led to my job. In fact, I didn't even apply to the position - I got in through a referral. The quick feedback and the positive energy of the private group helped me a lot. They provided me with constructive feedback which helped me to compose a resume that people would actually read. The Cheeky Scientist Association gave me the perspective and strategy I needed to feel comfortable promoting myself and the value I could offer a company.

Amel Barich Ph.D.
Secretary General, International Association for Geoethics

The environment in the Cheeky Scientist Association is very positive, supportive and, most importantly, responsive.

paolo-rusconi-ph-d

Unfortunately, people with an academic background have no training for the job search process. We have no idea how to leverage our transferable skills. Because of this, my job search was very frustrating. I was unemployed for six months. Once I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, my job search strategy changed immediately. I was able to negotiate a 10% increase in my salary by leveraging job offers between two companies. The environment in the Cheeky Scientist Association is very positive, supportive and, most importantly, responsive. I feel completely satisfied about my decision to join.

Paolo Rusconi, Ph.D.
Regulatory Submission Coordinator, Medpace

When I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, I changed my academic mindset to an industry mindset.

meagan-ramsey-phd

My background is in social science and development psychology. I was dissatisfied with academia but I didn't know what I wanted or where to start. I received a lot of conflicting advice from academic advisers. When I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, I changed my academic mindset to an industry mindset. I started to think about jobs differently. I made changes to my LinkedIn profile, dramatically changed my resume and networked. Reading through the comments in the private group was extremely helpful. I learned a lot and it was helpful to see what other people experienced. I never felt alone - I was apart of a support group and that made a huge difference.

Meagan Ramsey, Ph.D.
Grant Development Specialist, University of Michigan

I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association before wasting my time searching for a job using the wrong strategy.

esma-ziat-phd

I realized that I did not want to pursue a career in academia but had no idea how the job search process worked. I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association before wasting my time searching for a job using the wrong strategy. I learned how to write a targeted resume, how to identify good recruiters and use them to positively enhance my job search. I was skeptical about the private group at first but their positive energy drew me in. I was not afraid to ask questions that may be perceived as silly. I learned a lot from their interview experiences. In fact, following up with the hiring manager was something I learned from the private group and that led to my job offer.

 

Esma Ziat, Ph.D.
Inside Sales Representative, Illumina

The live industry-specific webinars provided by the Cheeky Scientist Association opened my eyes to all the positions that were available to me and drew me to the position I have today.

ina-nikolaeva-phd

I used to attend networking events but never made any connections. In fact, I had very few connections outside of academia. The Cheeky Scientist Association taught me how to network correctly and provided PhD-specific advice. I made a ton of changes to my resume and the material on interviewing was extremely helpful. I was nervous about interviewing but I learned how to control the conversation by asking questions and this took away all the nerves. The live industry-specific webinars provided by the Cheeky Scientist Association opened my eyes to all the positions that were available to me and drew me to the position I have today.

 

Ina Nikolaeva, Ph.D.
Medical Writer, ClinicalThinking

After I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, my resume was completely overhauled. After this, I got hired very quickly.

jiho-sohn-phd

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I knew I wanted out of academia but I didn’t know anyone from industry. I had NO IDEA how the job search process worked. I thought that if I just kept applying online, I would eventually get a job. I sent out thousands of resumes and never heard anything in return. After I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, my resume was completely overhauled. After this, I got hired very quickly. My LinkedIn profile went from 4 connections to over 500. All the Core Training Videos were very helpful, especially the interview information. I had no idea how the interview process worked and the training programs on these topics helped me. I did exactly what the instructors said and came up with a list of questions and turned myself into the interviewer. This strategy worked very well and now, thanks to the Association, I've started my industry career.

 

Jiho Sohn, Ph.D.
Scientist, Biogen

Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, my job search strategy was pathetic. I only sent out resumes online and got zero responses.

gopi-kuppuraj-phd

Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, my job search strategy was pathetic. I only sent out resumes online and got zero responses. Everyone told me to start networking but no one told me how. There was no guidance on reaching out to industry professionals. I would reach out to someone and immediately ask for a job and my emails would be 2-3 paragraphs long. Practically a novel. On top of all of this, I was living off my savings. I knew I made the right choice in joining the Cheeky Scientist Association immediately. In Module #1, the Transition Plan provided me with a pathway. I learned that there were  many roads I could follow in industry.  After completing the Transition Plan, I was able to narrow down my job search to 2-3 positions that interested me. I found the lifestyle I wanted and fit a job to it. I quickly learned my resume was way too technical for hiring managers. I never quantified my results and never tailored it the audience. I also learned how to network property. The private group gave me the support I needed. Before the Cheeky Scientist Association, I would quit after reaching out to someone once but the private group taught me to be persistent and gave me confidence to keep pushing forward.

 

Gopi Kuppuraj, Ph.D.
Business Development Manager, DKSH

The Cheeky Scientist Association taught me to be confident as every PhD has the skills to successfully transition into industry.

valeria-daniele-ph-d

Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, I knew the importance of networking but had no idea how to do it. I took part in many networking events but I didn't apply the correct strategies so I was unable to build relationships or get referrals. After I joined, I applied the networking strategies the CSA taught me. In particular, I started following up with people that I met and adding value. Eventually, this led to a job referral.  The private group was a tremendous help, including tips on writing an industry resume and a huge resource of interview questions and answers. The Cheeky Scientist Association taught me to be confident as every PhD has the skills to successfully transition into industry.

Valeria Daniele, Ph.D.
Data Scientist Intern, Accenture

The Cheeky Scientist Association showed me there are job opportunities outside academia.

florence-janvier-phd

The Cheeky Scientist Association showed me there are job opportunities outside academia. I no longer felt forced to enter into a postdoc. The transition plan helped me to figure out exactly the lifestyle I wanted which made job searching so much easier. The private group was amazing - they are not judgmental and you get responses immediately to your questions. It was by far the best part of the program. I felt like I was not alone and I couldn't be happier.

Florence Janvier, Ph.D
Health and Safety Account Manager

Joining the Cheeky Scientist Association meant I finally found a group that knew what I was going through.

amy-heffernan-phd

Thanks to the Cheeky Scientist Association I received multiple job offers. I applied to a government lab position and bombed the interview and then received an offer the next day because I continued to network. Joining the Cheeky Scientist Association meant I finally found a group that knew what I was going through. The salary negotiation training programs were invaluable. Since I had multiple offers I was able to negotiate two levels up in my salary. The association taught me to stay positive and to focus on the value I can add to others.

Amy Heffernan, Ph.D.
NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Fellow, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

I received TWO job offers, both of which were the result of networking events that I would have never attended if not for the Cheeky Scientist Association.

dhara-patel-phd

As a mother, searching for a job was extremely difficult.  I never thought about networking with a child pulling constantly pulling at my leg. I was an accidental academic. I was a junior faculty member but I did not enjoy the politics and the funding situation was terrible. I read books on getting jobs but got nowhere. The plan laid out by Cheeky Scientist Association was strategic and I had nothing to lose by joining. They taught me not to get sucked into the day to day experiments but to think about my long-term goals. Thanks to their teachings, I did a ton of informational interviews and grew my network. I received TWO job offers, both of which were the result of networking events that I would have never attended if not for the Cheeky Scientist Association.

Dhara Patel, Ph.D.
Technology Specialist, Wolf Greenfield

The vibe from the Cheeky Scientist Association lifted up my spirits and provided me with the encouragement to keep going.

costas-k-agalou-phd

I knew I wanted to leave academia because I never saw myself as a professor. I looked for a job for 7-8 months before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association. I had a lot of trouble because I was looking for a job in a different country than where I lived at the time. The vibe from the Cheeky Scientist Association lifted up my spirits and provided me with the encouragement to keep going. I received invaluable help from the other associates, the online workshops and the live webinars. In particular, they helped me through each stage of interview process, which eventually led to landing my dream job.

Costas K. Agalou, Ph.D.
Commissioning Editor, John Wiley and Sons

With the help of the Cheeky Scientist Association, I set myself a goal to network my way into a job and I did.

dave-grawoig-phd

I got my first job in industry purely by networking. I did not even submit a formal resume. Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, I never knew about following-up. I preemptively bailed on job applications even when I had a referral to avoid failure. When it came to creating my resume, I suffered from writer's block. I had a really bad experience in academia but did not know what steps to take to leave. The CSA's focus on overcoming limiting beliefs was instrumental. I gained confidence and encouragement sharing with the private group and listening to associates' stories and their interview experience. With the help of the Cheeky Scientist Association, I set myself a goal to network my way into a job and I did.

David Grawoig, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO, Ubiseq

The program taught me that most jobs come from referrals and they were right because I got the industry job I wanted after a referral from someone I knew 10 years ago.

jennifer-fox-phd

The politics of academia were difficult and at times I felt as though I was treated unfairly. One big issue for me was that the academic hierarchy seemed unfair - it was based on seniority, not results. For these and other reasons I started making plans to leave academia, but I wasn’t sure where to start. After joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I quickly learned how to create a job search strategy and I learned the importance of networking. The program taught me that most jobs come from referrals and they were right because I got the industry job I wanted after a referral from someone I knew 10 years ago. I also learned how to properly format my LinkedIn profile, as well as how and when to follow up. The Association is full of concrete advice, not just fluff. And the group itself is full of positive and like-minded people talking in depth about industry, which was refreshing because there were not a lot of positive people talking about industry in graduate school. My advice to any PhD or PhD candidate looking for a job is to get the help you need to make the transition and start networking now. I couldn’t be happier now working for one of the largest biotech firms in the country.

Jennifer Fox, Ph.D.
Scientist I, MedImmune

I landed my industry job shortly after joining the Association, so I can definitely say it works. If you're a PhD and are ready to take your career to the next level, I highly recommend joining the Association.

jack-osullivan-phd

I can’t say enough about the Cheeky Scientist Association. I’m a postdoc and was an employed PhD, but I wanted to make the transition to a better job, preferably within the industry. It was amazing to meet other people who are on the same path as me. I found the course highly motivational and very practical, with plenty of information provided by actual experts in the field. I landed my industry job shortly after joining the Association, so I can definitely say it works. If you're a PhD and are ready to take your career to the next level, I highly recommend joining the Association.

Jack O'Sullivan, Ph.D.
Area Sales Manager, Triple Red

The Cheeky Scientist Association was exactly what I needed.

rachna-duseja-phd

I’m still studying, but I’ve known for a while that I don’t want a career in academia. I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association to learn about the various career options open to researchers and to find out how to get started in networking and resume building. None of these things came naturally to me, so the Cheeky Scientist Association was exactly what I needed. I’m already applying the networking strategies I’ve learned in my own life and expect to see big dividends by the time I graduate. The feeling of community in the program is incredible and possibly one of the more valuable components, along with the ability to practice networking with current students and alumni. CSA has been quite helpful as I prepare to look for an industry position.

Rachna Duseja, Ph.D.
Life Science Consultant - Global Scholar Program, PreScouter, Inc.

Hearing other Associate's success stories in the private group showed me that transitioning was possible for me too.

pallevi-srivastva-ph-d

I never thought I could actually get an industry job. The truth is I was in a very difficult situation in academia. I was so tired of research and was definitely ready for something else. That's when I decided to join the Cheeky Scientist Association and I'm really glad I did because I received a lot of benefits right away. The best part of the program by far was the private group. The confidence and motivation in the group really helped hold me accountable and push me forward. Thanks to the group, my mindset changed completely. Hearing other Associate's success stories in the private group showed me that transitioning was possible for me too. The Cheeky Scientist program showed me how to systematically execute a job search and successfully transition into industry. I couldn't be more excited for my new job. In fact, this Monday is my first day. I can't wait!

Pallevi Srivastva, Ph.D.
Product Development Specialist at Agilent Technologies

The Association's private group and group posts were very helpful and all the instructional modules were exceptionally advanced but easy to understand.

camillie-birch-ph-d

I had known early on that I wanted to leave academia but I didn’t know what I wanted to do or what position I was looking for. I had no idea where to start or how to crack into a new network in industry. Nothing in my current department had helped me previously and I was just doing what family members suggested I should but was getting what I needed. I heard about Cheeky Scientist from another PhD student and decided to join. After joining, I had some early “ah-ha” moments. The Association's private group and group posts were very helpful and all the instructional modules were exceptionally advanced but easy to understand. I appreciated and utilized the real world interviewing help, documents, Q&A and interviewing webinar in moving into an industry job.

Camillie Birch, Ph.D.
Clinical Analyst at Hudson Alpha Institute

Joining the Cheeky Scientist Association was the best investment I’ve ever made.

Bartosz Balczerski, Ph.D

I was a postdoc for 4 years before finally getting an industry job and the only reason I got the job I wanted is because I followed the Cheeky Scientist Association’s follow-up strategies. After staying in touch with some key hiring managers and following the “3-4 touch point” rule, the job was mine. I was also able to negotiate a higher salary and a signing bonus using the Association’s negotiation gambits. Joining the Cheeky Scientist Association was the best investment I’ve ever made. The program takes you from unsure scientist to confident industry professionals. It changed my life.

Bartosz Balczerski, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist at Leica Biosystems

The Cheeky Scientist Association helped me finally start approaching my job search strategically.

Marlies Ozias, Ph.D.

I started a postdoc a few years ago thinking I’d have multiple publications and a professorship. That didn’t happen. I was miserable in my postdoc. I took any sick day I could.  I turned my focus to trying to interview for jobs. It was so uncomfortable. I could barely get a face-to-face interview and when I did, I lacked confidence and had no rapport with hiring managers. I felt as though I wasn’t being taken seriously because my PhD was in Nutrition and not Immunology. I signed up for the Cheeky Scientist Association because of these horrible experiences. I found hope and was able to stop focusing on my problems. As I worked through the modules I didn’t feel as desperate and got my confidence back. I learned to write a resume that listed my strengths and was able to adjust my priorities to really know WHY I was doing what I was doing. The community aspect was a life saver! It was there for me every day. I knew that I wasn’t just some loser PhD in the country. The Cheeky Scientist Association helped me finally start approaching my job search strategically. The program showed me how to communicate my transferable skills, and not just my technical skills. As a result, I got the job I've always wanted.

Marlies Ozias, Ph.D.
Medical Science Liaison at Bristol Myers Squibb

I was amazed at the number of people in the group - 2,000 people overall and 500 people who already have industry jobs. I remember thinking ‘wow, how strong will this community be in the future?’. I knew immediately that my money well spent. There were many other engineers in the program who helped me right away.

Yahfi Talukdar, Ph.D.

I joined the Association because I didn’t have the right mindset. I was uploading resumes but wasn’t networking. I changed to a “nothing-to-lose” mindset. I learned to build rapport and find any connection I could. I reconnected with someone I had TA’d years ago and followed up with him consistently. When there was an opening in Long Island where I lived  he asked if I was still interested. I went and watched the job in action. I started getting much more engaged. The Association made me much more open to ideas. I was amazed at the number of people in the group - 2,000 people overall and 500 people who already have industry jobs. I remember thinking ‘wow, how strong will this community be in the future?’. I knew immediately that my money well spent. There were many other engineers in the program who helped me right away. I started learning how to send emails, using the free scripts, and how to follow up. I started networking on LinkedIn. All of this led to me getting an industry job before graduation.

Yahfi Talukdar, Ph.D.
Biomedical Engineer at Biosense Webster

After I joined Cheeky I saw that everything I was learning was right and it really opened my eyes to how networking is supposed to work and that you don’t really need a letter of recommendation.

ann-grosse-ph-d

Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, I was doing everything wrong. I had personal contacts but I was never following up. I went to career development bosses to get help with my resume but it wasn’t nearly as targeted as my Cheeky resum. I asked how to reach out and network and was told to just send academic papers. That’s when I knew I needed something else. After I joined Cheeky I saw that everything I was learning was right and it really opened my eyes to how networking is supposed to work and that you don’t really need a letter of recommendation. Now when I see a PhD undervaluing themselves it makes me angry and I’m like “Nooooo!

Ann Grosse, Ph.D.
Program Manager at Charles River Laboratories

As a social scientist, I wasn't sure if the Association was a good fit for me. I quickly found out it was exactly what I needed to get hired.

Naomi Knoble, Ph.D

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association I felt older than my 38 years. I had a PhD in psychology, a postdoc I didn’t really want, and I never felt as though I fit in. I was applying for jobs online without any strategy or networking skills, sending in resumes and not hearing back. As a social scientist, I wasn't sure if the Association was a good fit for me. I quickly found out it was exactly what I needed to get hired. After joining the Association, I poured through all the materials while I graduated, continued my training, and relocated. I loved the transition plan. I learned how to be more polished and started networking. I found the online group invaluable. The group had an overwhelming positive atmosphere which was such a contrast to how dour everyone is in academia. I received extraordinary feedback from people around the world and an international perspective. The responsiveness of the Cheeky Scientist Association's private group was amazing. In the group, I finally found a place where I fit in, with a community of PhD’s that helped me see how my skills can transfer between different industries.

Naomi Knoble, Ph.D.
Health Outcomes Researcher at Mapi Group

Overall, the Association provided the structure and organized habits I needed to get hired. It is the perfect program for any engineer.

Chingyao Yang, Ph.D

I was struggling for over a year to get a job in industry without realizing that I was using the wrong workflow for job hunting. I thought all I was supposed to do was write resumes and upload them to job sites. I thought I could easily get a job. Of course, I was wrong and didn't make much progress. Once I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, I learned the correct workflow for getting an industry job. I made large gains and expanded my network significantly. The program gave me individual help, focusing on my specific needs. The program helped me organize all my job search materials and gave me daily action items to follow. The private group was great and provided me with close supervision that was both supportive and highly structured. The group held me accountable and helped me stay on track and make progress. We went over my targeted resumes in real time, they gave me individualized scripts, and I had access to the consultants on a daily basis. Overall, the Association provided the structure and organized habits I needed to get hired. I'm very happy with the result. It is the perfect program for any engineer.

Chingyao Yang, Ph.D.
Automation Engineer at Hampton Creek

I enjoyed the online webinars and catalogued interviews, and I really enjoyed hearing the experience that various industry professionals had during their transition from academia into industry.

Joseph Dosch, Ph.D

The content in the Association was very valuable. I enjoyed the online webinars and catalogued interviews, and I really enjoyed hearing the experience that various industry professionals had during their transition from academia into industry. I was also very surprised by how active the private online group was and much great material was shared in it. The group helped me keep refining my job search approach and my message, including my elevator pitch. Most importantly, the Association taught me the importance of networking and following up with ALL of my professional contacts. Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I hadn’t kept in touch with any of my past professional contacts. As soon as I started getting back in touch, things changed. Suddenly, I was going on referrals and getting interviews. Now, I have the industry job I always wanted and am excited for my future.

Joseph Dosch, Ph.D.
Research Scientist at Celgene Quanticel Research

As a result of joining the CSA, I received numerous interviews and had my pick of job offers from many clients all over the world!

Jackie Johnson, Ph.D

The Cheeky Scientist Association is literally the only training program you need to transition into industry. Before joining the association, I was doing a postdoc in a fantastic lab. . . and hating every minute of it. After nearly a decade on the bench, I loved learning about science, but I hated doing it. I had lost my drive to become a professor (or even do experiments). I felt like I was always trying to push myself into this box of who I was supposed to be (a bench scientist) rather than highlight my unique skills and interests. I knew that I wanted to join the medical communications industry for years, but felt guilty admitting that to my boss, to my colleagues, and even to myself. After I became an associate, my whole world opened up. The transition plan helped me place my goals and dreams into tangible, results-driven actions. The webinars with industry professionals were invaluable. Most importantly, access to the private group with over 500 members gave me the support and confidence that I needed for success. I knew I could ask any question, big or small, and every step of the way there were numerous members who wanted to help. Reading about the successes (and hardships) or other members gave me the energy to push through the job search. Within a few months, I had hiring managers, recruiters, and even C-level executives reaching out to me for advice about their business challenges. As a result of joining the CSA, I received numerous interviews and had my pick of job offers from many clients all over the world! Seeing that I could help many businesses achieve the growth they desired, I founded my own medical consulting company, JLJ consultancy, with clients including Novartis, MyTomorrows, Cactus Communications, Springer Life Sciences, various academic journals, venture capital firms, and more! My future couldn’t be brighter, and I couldn’t be happier! If you’re considering leaving academia for good to follow your dreams…join the cheeky scientist.

Jackie Johnson, Ph.D.
Management Consultant at JLJ Consultancy

The Association was exactly what I needed because it gave me individualized help with PhDs who already had the same type of job I wanted.

Mihaela Marina, Ph.D

My story is like a lot of other Cheeky Scientist Associates in that I spent a lot of time just writing resumes before joining the Association. Becoming an Associate gave me access to all the information I needed to get an industry job. The Association was exactly what I needed because it gave me individualized help with PhDs who already had the same type of job I wanted. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, I felt supported. I felt like my specific needs were being addressed. The private group kept me focused and centered one what I needed to do next. The individualized networking scripts and resume fixes shared in the group really helped me too. In fact, I got hired because I applied a private group networking script. The other Associates helped me design better scripts and this time I got a response, built rapport, and added value. Then I had an informational interview and after following up by emails, I got a call two days later to set up an interview. I started getting a lot of interviews and it was nice to have other Associates helping me who, again, already had the same type of job I wanted. Thanks to the Association and the Association's private group in particular, I now have the industry job I want.

Mihaela Marina, Ph.D.
Medical Writer at Nucleus Central

The best part of the Association is that it comes with a readymade network. As soon as I joined, my LinkedIn connections increased drastically and I suddenly had many industry professionals in my network.

Srujana Dusari, Ph.D

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association my industry resume was not good. I was also struggling with how to network and how to get referrals when networking. I had worked in academia my whole life and didn’t even have one connection in industry. This all changed when I joined the Association. The best part of the Association is that it comes with a readymade network. As soon as I joined, my LinkedIn connections increased drastically and I suddenly had many industry professionals in my network. I was really surprised with how quickly things started to change after joining. Now that I was an Associate, I was much more confident. HR professionals started reaching out to me too. My biggest “Aha!” moment was when I watched the the Core Training Program webinars on articulating and leveraging transferable skills. Wow, this made all the difference in the world.

Srujana Dusari, Ph.D.
Technology Development Engineer at Infineon Technologies

I’m glad I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association when I did because I missed the last enrollment period and didn’t want to wait another 6 months to join.

Sally Hassan, Ph.D

I’m glad I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association when I did because I missed the last enrollment period and didn’t want to wait another 6 months to join. Once I joined the Association, I was struck by how much I learned from the Core Training Programs right away. My initial resume was a four page mess! It had a really long publication list and the rest of the information was bloated and scattered. Once I applied the Association’s strategies, it was only two pages. That’s when hiring managers and recruiters started actually replying to my messages. I also learned the Association's 3-step technique for following up after an interview. This is what led me to getting the job I have now. Thanks for being there when I needed you Cheeky Scientist Association.

Sally Hassan, Ph.D.
Medical Writer at Envision Pharma Group

The Association taught me how to add value to the people I was reaching out to. They also showed me how to follow up without being annoying.

Igor Ignatovich, Ph.D

I was in graduate school for 5 years and did a postdoc for 2 years and that was enough for me. After this time I decided to transition into a non-academic career and started applying to jobs that I though would be a good fit. I applied, applied, and applied but never got anything beyond an automated email response after uploading my resume. My networking was nonexistent. My LinkedIn profile had the bare minimum information on it and whenever I reached out to anyone online I acted desperate and demanding. I’d reach out to someone for the first time and basically say ‘give me a job.’ Needless to say, this didn’t work. After joining the Association, I quickly realized that I was doing EVERYTHING wrong. The Association taught me how to add value to the people I was reaching out to. They also showed me how to follow up without being annoying. The helped me fix my resume and really they helped me fix my entire job search strategy. All of this led to getting a job referral and getting the industry job I’ve always wanted. Life is a lot better after becoming an Associate. The program is something every PhD can benefit from.

Igor Ignatovich, Ph.D.
Principal Microbiologist at Ecolab

The best thing about being an Associate is the private group. You literally get answers to your questions within minutes. No one makes you feel stupid or ignorant, the group is just really supportive and knowledgeable.

Julie Dela Cruz-Mulders, Ph.D

I was in academia for so long but now I’m in industry and I love my job! Let me tell you, the Cheeky Scientist Association works. It really works! To start, I didn’t even know what I was doing. But that changed right when I became an Associate. The job search strategy Core Training Program was a game-changer. So was the Resume Workshop and Online Networking Workshop. The best thing about being an Associate is the private group. You literally get answers to your questions within minutes. No one makes you feel stupid or ignorant, the group is just really supportive and knowledgeable. They just always make you feel good and give the best advice. This is especially true when you’re down and you’re like 'Ugh I’m not going to get a job ever.’ The private group keeps you focused, positive, and moving forward. The modular content is great too. Like when I had the interview for this job I just landed. Right before the interview I listened to the Core Training Programs on interviewing and asked the private group for some good questions to ask. In minutes I was prepared with cutting edge information, not just blather on some mediocre website.

Julie Dela Cruz-Mulders, Ph.D.
Medical Affairs Publication Specialist at Allergan

I’m just really grateful right now for joining the Association. It’s the reason why I’m finally getting out of industry and about to start my new job as a Research Scientist II.

Omozuanvbo Aisiku, Ph.D.

I’m actually at a get-together celebrating my new industry position as I write this. I’m just really grateful right now for joining the Association. It’s the reason why I’m finally getting out of industry and about to start my new job as a Research Scientist II. Before joining the Association, I didn’t have my house in order, so to speak. That’s the first thing the Association taught me—get your house in order first before inviting people into it. I didn’t have my LinkedIn profile set up or my industry resume formatted properly. So when I would invite new people into my house, they wouldn’t stay. This made networking really hard for me. I also had a very limited academic mindset before joining the Association. But this all changed very quickly after joining. More than anything else, the Association prepared my mind for transitioning into industry. The program and the other members taught me how to be more proactive in my job search, and it paid off big time. My network grew dramatically after joining and I instantly had more industry contact than I knew what to do with. Now I have the job I want and am celebrating.

Omozuanvbo Aisiku, Ph.D.
Research Scientist II at Instrumentation Laboratory

I used to have less than 100 contacts on LinkedIn. This jumped to more than 500 relevant contacts after I joined the Association.

Shifana Premji, M.S.

Before joining as a Cheeky Scientist Associate, I lacked industry experience and contacts. I used to have less than 100 contacts on LinkedIn. This jumped to more than 500 relevant contacts after I joined the Association. Now I was networking with industry professionals and getting referrals online. The Cheeky Scientist Association's materials were very helpful, particularly the video training workshops on advanced networking, resumes, and interview preparation. The Q&A starter guide put me on the right track at the start and the salary negotiation guide helped me finish my job search process with a salary that was thousands more than the initial offer I received. The best part was being able to share all of my experiences and questions with the private group. I learned so much and now I'm in the perfect job.

Shifana Premji, M.S.
Clinical Operations Leader at Parxil

Before joining the Association I had about two-hundred LinkedIn connections and within a few days after joining I had five-hundred-plus. Now I have thousands.

Farah Lollmahomed, Ph.D

I knew from the very beginning that I wanted to leave academia some day but I didn’t know how. I knew I wanted something else but didn't know WHAT it was, HOW to get it, or WHERE to get it. I didn’t even know the names of any industry positions. I’d still be looking for names of industry positions if I hadn’t joined the Association! Luckily I joined the Association right before enrollment closed. I had heard from a friend that being an Associate was an amazing experience but I still didn’t know exactly what to expect. After I joined, I realized why the Association is so special. The private group is so incredibly engaged. The counseling you get from the other Associates and Consultants is very detailed and very specific to whatever questions you ask. And the Association is so connected! No matter which company or industry professional you want to connect to, someone in the Association can introduce you. Before joining the Association I had about 250 LinkedIn connections and within a few days after joining I had '500+.' Now I have thousands. Every part of the Association is top end, from the networking scripts, to the example resumes, to the LinkedIn profile Core Training Programs—everything. The Association got me the industry job I wanted and it can do the same for any PhD.

Farah Lollmahomed, Ph.D
Executive Director of Research at American Campus

I was looking for an industry job for over a year without any luck. Now, I’m a Medical Science Liaison for a top pharmaceutical company. What happened? I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association.

Yuri Klyachkin, Ph.D

I was looking for an industry job for over a year without any luck. Now, I’m a Medical Science Liaison for a top pharmaceutical company. What happened? I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association. After joining, I was really impressed with quality of the private group. The amount of support and high-level insights were invaluable to me. I was able to have in depth conversations with other Associates, learning from the resumes they shared and the networking and interviewing experiences they had. I also got to attend live webinars and workshops with top MSLs and other industry professionals. After making a few key changes to my own resume, interview presentation style, and networking strategy, I was suddenly hired. It all happened very quickly after I got my strategy in place. I couldn’t be happier now. I’m finally have the career and life I’ve always wanted.

Yuri Klyachkin, Ph.D.
Medical Science Liaison at Bristol-Myers Squibb

I decided to join the Cheeky Scientist Association when I hit a very frustrating low point in my job search and it was the best decision I could have made both personally and professionally!

Nikolett Biel

At the beginning of my graduate studies I already knew that I did not want to stay in academia. I was always drawn to industry because I felt like that’s where I could have the most impact in patients' lives. When it came time to make the transition I was lost, clueless and frustrated with the lack of responses to submitted resumes. I have followed blogs from the Cheeky Scientist for quite some time and have always found them useful and empowering. I decided to join the Cheeky Scientist Association when I hit a very frustrating low point in my job search and it was the best decision I could have made both personally and professionally! I took every step of the transition plan very seriously and within 2 weeks I gained tremendous knowledge on resume building, interviewing, contacting hiring managers, successfully reaching out to strangers on LinkedIn and gained fantastic self confidence. The Association’s private group has been the most amazing group I’ve ever had the pleasure of belonging to; the amount of support and help between associates is fantastic! I recently landed my dream job at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. as a Drug Evaluation Research Scientist and I know it would not have been possible without the Association! If you are interested in a career in industry, joining the Association is a must! Do not waste any more time!

Nikolett Biel, Ph.D.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co.

More than half of graduate students are unemployed at graduation. Thanks to the Cheeky Scientist Association, I'm not one of them!

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Before I became a Cheeky Scientist Associate, I had no idea where to start. I wanted to transition into industry but I didn't know how. I didn't know how to interview or even how to network to get an interview. All of that changed when I joined this brilliant program. The Association helped me understand my options and helped me design a professional path according to my values. All the content and advice I got from the Association's webinars, booklets, group discussions, and emails were of great value. The program also showed me how be more professional during my job search, which really made a difference. One of the biggest things I learned was the importance of creating a professional presence online. This was something that I was previously unaware of. Now, I have a strong professional presence and just got the industry job of my dreams as a Medical Consultant. More than half of graduate students are unemployed at graduation. Thanks to the Cheeky Scientist Association, I'm not one of them!

Sarah Rodrigues Moreira, Ph.D.
Medical Consultant at AgileBio

The Cheeky Scientist Association took me from being very unsure on how to approach my job search to getting a industry position above the one I interviewed for and a correspondingly much bigger salary package.

Aaron Gajadhar, Ph.D

The Cheeky Scientist Association took me from being very unsure on how to approach my job search to getting a industry position above the one I interviewed for and a correspondingly much bigger salary package. Trust me, the program is worth every penny. The Association takes you through the broad strokes of networking and designing a job search strategy to concrete practical tips like inserting the right result in the right place on your resume and saying “any reasonable offer will be considered” when asked how much you expect to earn during an interview. The resume workshop in particular was a game-changer. The only people that shouldn’t join this programs are PhDs who want to keep procrastinating and making excuses for why they are still stuck in academia.

Aaron Gajadhar, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals

The Cheeky Scientist Association was an amazing resource for my transition from an academic postdoc to an industry scientist position.

Shanta Boddapati, Ph.D

The Cheeky Scientist Association was an amazing resource for my transition from an academic postdoc to an industry scientist position. Coming from an interdisciplinary background in engineering and biology I became increasingly frustrated in not being able to use my advanced math skill set in my post-doctoral work. As a postdoc, I also realized that I was at the bottom of the academic food chain and I wanted to change that as well. The first assignment led me to dig deep into my likes, my dislikes and what my core goals were. More than a decade ago I had dreamt of fighting diseases like cancer with a unique background in engineering and biology. The Association helped me regain the grip on my career path and focus on highlighting my unique skill set, the value I bring to the table and honing my business/strategic knowledge needed to be a successful team player in the biotech industry. It was exhausting to try and find the information needed piece by piece online and having a tailored package enabled me to work on my transition WHILE I was in my previous position. The Association is also key in changing your mindset when you approach a new job because a lot of the material is valid for how you need to work to succeed in your industry position. I use a lot of things I learnt from the Association in my work everyday.

Shanta Boddapati, Ph.D.
Process Development Scientist at Seattle Genetics

Since becoming a Cheeky Scientist Associate, I've been on several interviews and have had numerous recruiters contact me. I recently got the industry job of my dreams and I'm still having recruiters contact me.

Karin Weigelt, Ph.D

Prior to joining the Association, I was a post-doc and working in a lab just like I had been for the last several years. Though I love science I realized that academia was not for me. Since budgets are cut more and more a lot of labs turn into an environment full of fear and jealousy where publications are “produced” under high pressure which has nothing to do with the innovative cool science I would have wanted to be doing. I wanted to move on and do something new but at first I felt stuck and felt like I didn't have any job options or good connections. I realized I needed to change strategies and joined the Association. Since becoming a Cheeky Scientist Associate, I've been on several interviews and have had numerous recruiters contact me. I recently got the industry job of my dreams and I'm still having recruiters contact me. The Cheeky Scientist Association continues to keep me one step ahead in my industry career. I really enjoy interacting with the private online groups and know that I can ask questions and get support whenever I need it. The Association is a great resource for any postdoc, PhD, or Phd student.

 

Karin Weigelt, Ph.D.
Bio-Rad Laboratories

As a result of joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I got called into interviews with companies like Roche and Estée Lauder and ended up having my pick of jobs.

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The Cheeky Scientist Association completely changed my career and life. Before joining the Association, I was doing a postdoc face-to-face with a dead end. There was no future for me in academia and I had no idea how to do anything else. I knew there were non-academic jobs in the world but I didn’t know how to find them, let alone how to apply to them or get hired. I tried doing things on my own for a long time but kept coming up short. I was too busy and too stressed. This all changed when I joined the Association. I couldn’t believe how much value I received from the program right away. The bimonthly webinars were incredible. The resume and CV training modules made an unbelievable difference. I went from being ignored to having hiring managers and recruiters reaching out to me. Yes, reaching out to me! The best part was the Association’s group was there supporting me every step of the way. I have never, ever seen such a positive group of PhDs together in one place all willing to help each other. Whenever I had a question, it would get answered by 10 people who knew what they were talking about the very same day. As a result of joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I got called into interviews with companies like Roche and Estée Lauder and ended up having my pick of jobs! Now, I’m a Senior Scientist at Estée Lauder Companies. I couldn’t be happier. If you’re considering a job in industry, join the Association now.

Klodjan Stafa, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Estée Lauder Companies

The Association's private online group offers an open, friendly forum where you can feel at ease expressing your concerns.

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Similar to many PhDs, I ended up unemployed after graduate school. I felt stuck in so many areas–I didn't know how to network online or offline and I really struggled to get a response back from anyone after sending out my resume. I had no idea what positions were available or where to start in general. This all changed when I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association. The Association showed me how to actively network and build an online presence which greatly increased my visibility and helped me get noticed by companies. I was really impressed with how quickly the Cheeky Scientist team members would get back to me when I had questions. They were very responsive and helpful. The Association”s private online group offers an open, friendly forum where you can feel at ease expressing your thoughts and concerns. Joining the Association showed me that there are a lot of other PhDs who are having trouble transitioning into industry. Most importantly, it showed me how to make this process easier. My favorite part of the Association was learning which industry positions are available and how to best sell myself for these positions. If you don”t know either of these things, you should join this amazing group of professionals right now.

Cathy Sorbara, Ph.D.
Publishing Editor at Royal Society of Chemistry

The Cheeky Scientist Association program paid off for me in a big way as I just got hired in industry as Research Scientist III! This would not have been possible without the Association.

Marylen-Rimando-PhD

I didn't receive much industry training in graduate school or during my postdoc. I was having trouble networking in person or online and was not getting past the interview stage in my job search. I had a rough idea of what I wanted to do but I didn't really know which industry positions were available for me or which were a good fit. So I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association. I was hesitant to join at first but am really glad I made a decision to be an Associate. The part of the program that I enjoyed most was the Industry Transition Plan. My perspective and job searched changed completely once I finished my Alignment Table. I also really enjoyed the information from the webinars and the guest speakers. It was great to be able to learn from MBAs and other high level industry executives who had a scientific background and who had experience in big biotech and biopharma companies like Baxter and Johnson & Johnson. The Cheeky Scientist Association program paid off for me in a big way as I just got hired in industry as Research Scientist III! This would not have been possible without the Association. I highly recommend this program to any PhD who wants to transition into industry and doesn't know where to start.

Marylen Rimando, Ph.D.
Research Scientist III at IHRC, Inc.

I used the Association’s negotiation strategies and increased my salary 7.5% before starting.

Jose Luis Santos, Ph.D

I decided to leave academia because I wanted to have a bigger impact on other people’s lives. I was also tired of the lab politics. If you’re a PhD or PhD student, I’m sure you know what I mean. I wanted to get on a non-academic career path but wasn’t sure how to do it. That’s when I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association. I’m glad I joined because I learned a lot like how to improve my interviewing skills, especially my phone interviewing skills. I learned how to write better, much more targeted cover letters and resumes. I also got the motivation and support I needed to start going to more networking events. Joining the Association really paid off because I ended up getting a referral for my dream job and then a job offer! I used the Association’s negotiation strategies and increased my salary 7.5% before starting. Shortly after working in my first job in industry, I received another offer from an even bigger company. Now, I have a great job as a Scientist at MedImmune. If I went back in time and told myself I would be as happy as I am today, my past self wouldn’t believe me. Things are great and I have the Association to thank.

J. Luis Santos, Ph.D.
Scientist at MedImmune Inc.

The Association gave me great support, also in training me on how to call recruiters and showing me the importance of following up with them frequently.

Regina Jakob, Ph.D

I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association because I wanted to make a change. I like a lot that the Cheeky Scientist Association encourages and supports us in looking at our long-term success, as in what would really make us happy 5-10 years from now, not just tomorrow or the next day. I learned about the importance of building relationships with recruiters that are well connected. The Association gave me great support, also in training me on how to call recruiters and showing me the importance of following up with them frequently. They also gave me the insights and encouragement I needed to start being very open and transparent with these recruiters, helping me tell them exactly what I want. The Association materials were very helpful to me and I recommend the program to other PhDs looking for a change.

Regina Jakob, Ph.D.
Regulatory Affairs Manager at PharmaLex

The Association is the only place where PhDs can get proven advice and genuine encouragement for moving forward their careers forward.

Selvi Ramasamy

After my long academic postdoc, I wanted to transition into industry research, but did not know what type of resume format to use or which skills to highlight. I also knew nothing about how to network. This is why I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association. The webinars on resume writing, LinkedIn strategies, interviewing, and networking were really good and very useful. Most of all, I loved being part of the Cheeky Scientist Association's private group, where you can discuss with other Associates who just gave interviews for industry positions and who just got hired. The Association is the only place where PhDs can get proven advice and genuine encouragement for moving forward their careers forward.

Selvi Ramasamy, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School

I found the step by step instructions on how to identify the right position for each person and then how to reach it very useful.

Jaka Cemazar, Ph.D

Before enrolling in the Cheeky Scientist Association, I knew that I want to work in industry, but I had no idea how to find a job. I was a postdoc with no experience and no plan. The focus of the Cheeky Scientist Association was impressive and I found the step by step instructions on how to identify the right position for each person and then how to reach it very useful. I’m much more confident in my ability to land the position I want now. I also learned that connections are essential and networking is an ongoing process, which has helped me move forward. The biggest improvement I made was in terms of my resume. The resumes I used before joining the Association were really bad; it’s actually embarrassing to look back now. Other aspects I appreciated and utilized were the real world interview questions and related documents, and the webinar Q&A sessions. Thanks to Cheeky Scientist I now have the job I want as a Research Engineer in industry.

Jaka Cemazar, Ph.D.
Research Engineer at RenBio, Inc.

I learned to communicate and network better, even as an introvert, in order to make the valuable connections that will help me move forward.

Natasha Wadlington

As a postdoc, I knew I wanted to make the transition to industry, but didn’t know exactly how to go about it. My network skills were lacking and I wasn’t sure where to even start looking for positions. The Cheeky Scientist Association showed me that I’m not alone in looking for a position outside of academia. I learned to communicate and network better, even as an introvert, in order to make the valuable connections that will help me move forward.

Natasha Wadlington, Ph.D.
Illinois Science Council

During every webinar and interview with real people from the industry I had this "Aha!" feeling and became confident that I can do it, too.

Evguenia Alexandrova

Like many others who sign up for the course, I am a postdoc (actually, a "retired postdoc", 7.5 years!). For long time, I've considered moving away from the bench, but I didn’t know where to start. In fact, I felt that I cannot do any good to the world, except for running experiments 🙁 That's why I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association program. And I am so glad I did! During every webinar and interview with real people from the industry I had this "Aha!" feeling and became confident that I can do it, too. I got to know what is available out there and how to network in the right way. I also really appreciate the business, psychology and communication basics woven into the course, which is priceless not only for transitioning into industry, but also for everyday life. All the practical advice and how-to’s are very concrete and you can start using them right away. Finally, the support and motivational atmosphere of the course are so huge, that it's impossible not to succeed 🙂

Evguenia Alexandrova, Ph.D.
Stony Brook Medicine

The dynamics between current members and past Associates was an excellent addition to the course information.

Allison Sang

Like many postdocs, I didn’t have much experience with creating a resume or connecting with others in the industry. The Cheeky Scientist Association provided a number of benefits, including information on how the industry works and creating a winning CV. The dynamics between current members and past Associates was an excellent addition to the course information. If you're a postdoc considering transitioning into industry, I recommend you become an Associate.

 

Allison Sang, Ph.D.
National Jewish Health

The advice I was given was real and tangible, from people who are actually working in the industry.

Allison Prewitt

I came into the program not knowing how to network effectively. I’d send out my CV, but not get a response back and needed some help getting started with my job search. The Cheeky Scientist Association taught me to really put myself out there. The advice I was given was real and tangible, from people who are actually working in the industry. The continual feedback was very helpful as I began to put my newfound skills to use. I also found the success stories from other members of the program to be very motivating.

 

Allison Prewitt, Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University

The Cheeky Scientist Association showed me that my PhD is actually an asset when applying for industry positions, as well as how to leverage it.

Matthew Heberling

I was a PhD with no job and no real idea where to find one when I took the course. I hoped I would pick up some tips on transitioning to an industry position that would make me happy, but I found the course was quite a bit more. The Cheeky Scientist Association showed me that my PhD is actually an asset when applying for industry positions, as well as how to leverage it. Throughout the course, I met other scientists in the same position and learned firsthand how to network effectively. Overall, the course was an excellent investment of time and money.

Matthew Heberling, Ph.D. Candidate
Co-founder & COO, Peptone

When I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association course, I found it to be very interactive and friendly, with views you won’t find anywhere else in the industry.

Andrei Halavaty

I’m a research associate and I was landing interviews for my desired positions. When I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association course, I found it to be very interactive and friendly, with views you won’t find anywhere else in the industry. The most useful thing I learned, however, was to simply avoid people who aren’t supportive of your ideas. This tip, combined with the excellent real life examples from other members, helped me take further steps toward landing my dream job.

Andrei Halavaty, Ph.D.
NW Center for Structural Genomics of Infectious Diseases

Taking the Cheeky Scientist course really opened my eyes to the possibilities available to me, but best of all, I learned how to optimize my networking.

Ahmed Dellaa, Ph.D

I’m a graduate student and I knew early on that I didn’t want to work in an academic position, but didn’t know where exactly to start. Taking the Cheeky Scientist course really opened my eyes to the possibilities available to me, but best of all, I learned how to optimize my networking, particularly online. This was an area that I lacked in for a long time. I also enjoyed meeting others who were as motivated and enthusiastic as myself.

Ahmed Dellaa, Ph.D.
UNIMED Laboratories

The Cheeky Scientist Association is your real mentor for finding a job outside academia...the one that you never had during your PhD.

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Like a lot of postdocs, I was interested in transitioning into industry but didn't know where to start. I had no idea how to network or how to interview. I kept thinking that things would eventually figure themselves out on their own but they never did. I just kept doing the same thing over and over again. I finally decided to stop fooling myself and get the help I needed. I decided to join the Cheeky Scientist Association. The Cheeky Scientist Association is your real mentor for finding a job outside academia…the one that you never had during your PhD! I was immediately impressed with the program. It gave me everything I needed to succeed. The program was so encouraging that I found myself taking action to build my network and apply to positions right away. The Association showed me where and how to start. It showed me how to write the perfect industry resume and how to create the perfect LinkedIn profile for getting an industry job. First and foremost, the program was designed by scientists and academics like me, meaning they've encountered and studied the same issues as me. They knew exactly what I was up against and exactly how I could succeed to get the industry job I wanted.

Roberto Magliozzi, Ph.D.
Hubrecht Institute

The Cheeky Scientist Association is just what I needed to advance in my industry.

Janay Cody, Ph.D

Even though I was employed, I simply wasn’t meeting the career benchmarks I set for myself as a PhD. I felt my limited networking abilities were preventing from progressing to the next stage of my career. Then I found the Cheeky Scientist Association and everything fell into place! I immediately connected with the group and, through the insightful seminars, was able to fully realize my professional potential. I learned to transform my academic experience into meaningful abilities, thus communicating more effectively with employers. I learned to imagine more for myself and make the right connections with others to attain it. The Cheeky Scientist Association is just what I needed to advance in my industry.

Janay Cody, Ph.D.
Research Consultant, National Assessment of Educational Progress

If there is anything to regret, it’s that I didn’t join the Cheeky Scientist Association earlier.

Joshua Jacobs, Ph.D

Sure I was happy to have a job, but as a PhD I was not satisfied with where I was, for me or my family. I felt stagnated, knowing I had so much unused potential to apply in my industry. Time after time, I pursued what appeared to be promising leads only to be left in the lurch and without adequate knowledge on how to improve. It was only through the inspirational people with the Cheeky Scientist Association that I acquired the right tools to realize my true professional strengths. I learned networking and powerful negotiating skills, as well as how to leverage my passion for my career in achieving my true potential. If there is anything to regret, it’s that I didn’t join the Cheeky Scientist Association earlier.

Joshua Jacobs, Ph.D.
Research Associate, Northwestern University

The consultants and many of the other Associates who had already got industry jobs provided me with detailed and specific coaching.

Šeila Selimović, Ph.D

I’m a PhD with a government job but was interested in learning more about industry careers and how to successfully apply for industry jobs. I’d been writing and rewriting my resume and sending it out to dozens of jobs but not ever really getting a response. I had a few interviews but didn’t know how to interview well, so never got past the interview stage. I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association to help me through the job search process. I really enjoyed being taught the basics of resume preparation and networking in a step-by-step manner instead of just being given the basics like most programs do. The biggest advantage of becoming an Associate was getting the full support and advice of the entire Association. The consultants and many of the other Associates who had already got industry jobs provided me with detailed and specific coaching. Being an Associate demands accountability to the group and a positive, action-taking attitude. I’m proud to be a member.

Seila Selimovic, Ph.D
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, U.S. Department of State

From interviewing tips and making lasting impressions in person through setting up critical social media profiles, I am now armed with absolutely everything I need to forge ahead with my career.

Amrufesh Puranik, Ph.D

I thought that once I obtained my Postdoc, I would know what to do next, but the beginning of job searching was unbelievably daunting. My extensive academic expertise did not automatically translate into natural job seeking abilities. I didn’t know how to garner the right attention through networking or even which positions I should be aiming for. I was floundering! Until, that is, I connected with the Cheeky Scientist Association. From interviewing tips and making lasting impressions in person through setting up critical social media profiles, I am now armed with absolutely everything I need to forge ahead with my career. I could not do without my fellow Cheeky Scientists.

Amrufesh Puranik, Ph.D.
Mayo Clinic

It wasn’t until I connected with the Cheeky Scientist Associates that I gained an immeasurable amount of guidance and support.

Ashwini Shanbhogue, Ph.D

I knew that as I approached graduation, I was going to need help establishing my new career. I had so many obstacles in my way and felt so overwhelmed. How was I going to translate my education and skills onto paper? What key words and job descriptions should I even be targeting? How could I network in person or online when I didn’t even know where to begin? It wasn’t until I connected with the Cheeky Scientist Associates that I gained an immeasurable amount of guidance and support. The quality of the webinars is unsurpassable! The group was and remains with me from beginning to end. I now have a strong network of resources catapulting me forward in my career.

Ashwini Shanbhogue, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Houston Medical Center

The Cheeky Scientist Association is the most efficient investment PhDs who want to be on top of their game for transitioning into industry can make.

Anne-Isabelle Henry, Ph.D.,

The Cheeky Scientist Association is the most efficient investment PhDs who want to be on top of their game for transitioning into industry can make. I liked feeling welcome and finding people with similar struggles who were also trying to transition into industry. I like getting to know their path and following their progress but most importantly I liked sharing tips and strategies that actually worked and were totally actionable. All of this was much more valuable than just reading another billionth article on the Internet about the importance of networking. The Cheeky Scientist Association is different. You get real advice from real people who went through similar situations and are on a similar path.

 

Anne-Isabelle Henry, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate, Northwestern University

The best advice I can give someone like me is don’t waste any time signing up for the Cheeky Scientist Association.

Chiu-An Lo, Ph.D

As a senior graduate student spending close to 10 years in academic labs as undergrad, intern, technician and graduate student, I didn’t believe there would be a lot of non-academic, industry jobs available. I wasn’t secure in my ability to effectively network online or in person and genuinely didn’t know the first place to start. What was my PhD even worth? Now, the best advice I can give someone like me is don’t waste any time signing up for the Cheeky Scientist Association. I was incredibly impressed by the high caliber of the webinars and the successful speakers featured in them. The CSA broadened my view, allowing me to be more open-minded to new people and opportunities. I now see much more potential in myself and in my career!

Chiu-An Lo, Ph.D.
McGill University

The Association is industry training done intelligently--by academics for academics.

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Like so many others, I completed my PhD against the clock. Broke and desperate, I blindly accepted a post-doc position with little regard to what it actually meant or where I was going. Somehow I found myself in a new country, in a new continent, doing the exact same thing I had hated for years before. I was lost. I knew something had to change, but where do you begin? This was when I found Cheeky Scientist. I still remember Isaiah”s first words to me, telling us all that we are not alone, that other people feel this way and that leaving academia does not make you a failure–but should be the best decision you ever make and the beginning of an exciting new chapter in your life. I came to Cheeky Scientist skeptical. I had suffered through industry training programs before and did not want to repeat the mistake. But the Cheeky Scientist Association is different. The Association is industry training done intelligently–by academics for academics. There is no dumbing down, no talking down and notably absent of fluffy, feel-good motivational quotes too often seen in other industry training programs. The focus on immediately implementable, practical advice combined with references and further reading allows for immediate application and continued fulfillment. The webinars were particularly invaluable and quickly became the highlight of my week, each one was packed with information on building essential business skills and personal confidence.

Morgan Bye, Ph.D.
Computational Biologist, BC Cancer Agency, Genome Sciences Centre

The program gave me the industry knowledge and mental support I needed to transition out of academia.

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The Cheeky Scientist Association gave me the confidence I needed to no longer feel worried about my career. The most valuable thing that I learned from the program were the interviewing skills and techniques. There were several webinars and documents that focused specifically on how to get an interview and how to have a successful interview. Overall, the program gave me the industry knowledge and mental support I needed to transition out of academia. If you're looking for proper advice on how to leverage your skills and develop new industry sills, you should definitely join the Cheeky Scientist Association.

Tanmay Maity, Ph.D.
Advanced Nanotechnologies Specialist

It was great to finally be around other PhDs who are willing to succeed outside academia and who aren't afraid to talk about it!

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More than anything else the Cheeky Scientist Association taught me that I am worthy of getting a good industry job. It's easy to feel disheartened with the way things are in academia now. A lot of PhDs are either unemployed or accepting less than what they are worth. The Association shows us that this is the wrong way to think. I learned so many great things including how to network and actually get a response back from people and how to improve my resume so that I actually hear back from employers. I really enjoyed getting to know the other Associates. It was great to finally be around other PhDs who are willing to succeed also outside academia, and who aren”t afraid to talk about it! Every member was sincere and made a real effort to share his or her own experiences without being judgmental and without having a negative attitude. The only way to be successful in industry is to surround yourself with likeminded PhDs who want to be successful too. Make sure you don”t miss out on becoming an Associate.

Mauro Fa, Ph.D.
Columbia University

I am NOT a STEM PhD and I was concerned that there wouldn't be much value in the Association for me. But I was wrong.

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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

I researched the Cheeky Scientist material on my own and found that mapping out your chosen career path on paper really does clarify and solidify the steps you need to take in order to get there.

Hannah-Nguyen

I have been to many career workshops but Cheeky Scientist's workshop was one of the best I have ever seen. In general, I've noticed that career development trainers tend to use acronyms and buzzwords, presenting in a way that is a bit too gimmicky and dull (like corny television advertisements). This presentation style results in diluted content and a loss of interest from the audience. Cheeky Scientist's presentation style, on the other hand, was different. The seminar was very energetic and lively; the speaker used concrete examples and personal stories that were very helpful. I really like the fact that the speaker used select words, quotes, and phrases to help us focus on key points. And the way he interacted with and addressed the audience made his presentation much more interesting. One of the lessons that I found most valuable was the importance of identifying your purpose and writing down your goals. I researched the Cheeky Scientist material on my own and found that mapping out your chosen career path on paper really does clarify and solidify the steps you need to take in order to get there.

Hannah Nguyen, Ph.D.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

I highly recommend the Cheeky Scientist community for anyone who wants to turn their career goals into reality.

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As a PhD and online business owner, I feel very privileged to be part of the Cheeky Scientist community. The articles and coaching services provided by Cheeky Scientist provide much-needed skills and strategies for academics to turn their ideas into a viable business and generate extra sources of income. Since joining the community I have experienced an incredible boost in the development of my online product for graduate students, as well as an increase in web traffic and subscriber list. I highly recommend the Cheeky Scientist community and coaching services for anyone who wants to turn their career goals into reality, whether they want to start a new business, achieve better work life balance, contribute to their community or have more meaning and purpose in their personal or professional lives.

Dora Farkas, Ph.D.
Founder Of The Finish Your Thesis Program

Cheeky Scientist gave me hope that there are other options and that I can find them.

Brenda-Frazier

Recently I had the good fortune of attending Cheeky Scientist’s “Of Science and Strategy” presentation in person. The seminar's whole approach to personal and professional development struck a lot of chords with me. I'm egregiously guilty of the "tactical" approach to life, allowing my big picture goals and dreams to be chronically obscured by the hectic and the immediate. Highlighting this distinction between “tactical” as opposed to “strategic” thinking is so relevant for me, as well as many others like me. Cheeky Scientist really understands how bleak the outlook can seem for career academics who’ve viewed the tenure-track as their only real option. Cheeky Scientist gave me hope that there are other options and that I can find them.

Brenda Frazier, Ph.D.
Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Cheeky Scientist is a source of inspiration and always ready to share their extensive knowledge.

Garif-Yalak-t

The first time I attended one of Cheeky Scientist's talks I was stunned. The seminar was so engaging that it energized the entire crowd in a way that I've never seen before in academia. It was a very motivating experience for me. Cheeky Scientist's clear way of presenting actionable and relevant content is exceptional. I have not missed a single talk by them in the Boston area since. Cheeky Scientist is a source of inspiration and always ready to share their extensive knowledge - knowledge Cheeky Scientist Consultants gained through first-hand experiences.

Garif Yalak, Ph.D.
Research Fellow; Harvard Medical School

Cheeky Scientist taught us how to innovate, differentiate, build solid business connections, and develop our personal brand.

Lu-Sun

The Cheeky Scientist team came to Harvard to teach us what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and - OH WOW - they were the most inspiring speakers I have ever met. Instead of just harping on the traditional product-then-marketing model, Cheeky Scientist taught us how to innovate, differentiate, build solid business connections, and develop our personal brand. They showed us the importance of sequentially finding your purpose, building a platform around your purpose, and then launching products and services from your platform. The seminar presenters zoomed in to discuss cutting-edge advances in things like email marketing and search engine optimization. They then zoomed out to discuss the importance of staying true to yourself having a strong identity. It goes without saying that we left the lecture hall feeling absolutely empowered and more confident in entrepreneurship than ever before.

Lu Sun, Ph.D.
CSSA Venture Club Co-Chair

Cheeky Scientist has a way for making scientists feel comfortable, surprised, and relieved -- all at the same time.

Joseph-Azzarelli

Cheeky Scientist's candid lecture provided a refreshing reminder of the reasons we’ve all embarked on our own personal journeys. The seminar concisely articulated many of the common pitfalls and short-term rabbit holes that so many of us fall into but find challenging to identify on our own. The seminar also offered concrete suggestions on how to overcome them. Cheeky Scientist has a way for making scientists feel comfortable, surprised, and relieved -- all at the same time.

Joseph Azzarelli, Ph.D. Candidate
Massachusetts Institute Of Technology

Cheeky Scientist was exactly what I needed to keep myself on track.

Shang-Mu

I'm really glad that I went to the Cheeky Scientist seminar because I learned a lot of very useful information. The speaker was very motivational and provided numerous insights that were both scientific and strategic. Most importantly, everything that he presented was practical and highly actionable. One of my favorite things about the seminar was the telling of personal stories. These stories made Cheeky Scientist's content more relatable and helped me see how I could achieve my own goals. I recently left behind a very well paid position in industry where I lead an elite team. I left to return to academia and Cheeky Scientist was exactly what I needed to keep myself on track. I'm grateful for his enthusiastic reminder of the great options I have and the great experiences I have ahead of me.

Shang Mu, Ph.D.
MIT School Of Engineering

I have had the opportunity to work with a Cheeky Scientist Consultant over the past year and the experience has been life changing.

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The first time I read one of Cheeky Scientist’s posts I was immediately captivated by his message. Cheeky Scientist has a way of delivering ideas that are not only original but also deeply rooted in scientific evidence. The company's one-of-a kind passion towards everything that they do is contagious. I have had the opportunity to work with a Cheeky Scientist Consultant over the past year and the experience has been life changing. The company's consultants have a knack for turning good ideas into great ideas. I am honored to work with Cheeky Scientist. Thank you, Cheeky Scientist, for the encouraging words and unconditional support.

Shannon Leinert, Ph.D.
Founder of AmPurity Nutraceuticals and Creator of ZAMboost

Cheeky Scientist is an excellent resource for academics and biotechnology professionals.

Elizabete-De-Lima

From the moment I started working with Cheeky Scientist, I knew they were different. Within 10 minutes, I realized that they had passion, desire, and determination. But, compared to others who demonstrate these traits, Cheeky Scientist separates themselves by actually taking action. They have a strong vision to help others obtain their goals. Cheeky Scientist is an excellent resource for academics and biotechnology professionals. I highly recommend Cheeky Scientist to individuals who are looking to connect with other intelligent people. To be honest, I doubt the validity of most self-help programs and despise factless, feel-good nonsense. I was surprised to find out that the Cheeky Scientist programs are different. They are different because they're backed by science. I've gone through one of the programs myself and can tell you it's a profoundly developed process that has a remarkable impact on its participants.

Elizabete De Lima, M.S., M.B.A.
Life Technologies

Cheeky Scientist's articles provide a fantastic reminder of the kind of professional I strive to be.

John-Denney

As an academic, I relate to Cheeky Scientist's writing on a fundamental level. Their science based insights on the human experience have been fantastic brain food for me as I make my way through law school. Cheeky Scientist's articles provide a fantastic reminder of the kind of professional I strive to be, and how to maintain the proper frame of mind to realize my goals. I will continue reading Cheeky Scientist's articles and supporting their positive work.

John Denney, J.D. Candidate
William Mitchell College of Law

Reading Cheeky Scientist's articles has challenged me to act boldly and to unapologetically leverage my strengths. As a scientist in training, I find that these are critical skills for success.

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I came across Cheeky Scientist’s blog around the time I began to prepare for my PhD candidacy exam. It was refreshing to finally find a scientist contributing real life skills that can be applied not only to work-related issues but also to relationships and overall personal fulfillment. I find myself reading several of Cheeky Scientist's articles over and over again. I love these articles because they help me keep the right perspective when it comes to conflict. They help me see negative situations as opportunities for growth. Reading Cheeky Scientist's articles has challenged me to act boldly and to unapologetically leverage my strengths. As a scientist in training, I find that these are critical skills for success. Yet, they are rarely taught in classrooms or by professors. Personally, I look forward to receiving Cheeky Scientist's blog articles in my inbox every Monday morning because it empowers me and sets the stage for a productive week.

Esmeralda Ramirez-Peña, Ph.D. Candidate
University of Texas Graduate School Of Biomedical Sciences At Houston

A room full of postdocs and graduate students were engaged and inspired during Cheeky Scientist's recent talk at MIT.

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Dr. Isaiah Hankel is a wonderful speaker. A room full of postdocs and graduate students were engaged and inspired during Cheeky Scientist's recent talk at MIT, “Of Science and Strategy: Setting Goals for Research and for Life.” Dr. Hankel has an original, energetic, and authentic way of combining personal examples, anecdotes, humor, and scientific principles to connect to his audience. This style allowed the audience to see things through a new lens while also allowing them to relate in a very concrete and practical way. Dr. Hankel's own scientific and academic background served as a framework that helped people envision many different possibilities for themselves. Dr. Hankel established an excellent rapport with the audience and was very responsive to their questions, and many stayed after his talk to speak with him.

Dana-Bresee-Keeth, Ph.D. and Postdoc Career Services
MIT Office of the Vice President for Research

Cheeky Scientist's guidance has helped me rethink my future goals and also encouraged me to realize these goals.

Shuqi-Wang

Recently, I had the good opportunity to attend one of Cheeky Scientist’s “Bridge to Business" seminars. The presentation was funny, friendly, an full of great information. Everything shared was very useful, especially for me. I'm currently at a crossroads of either staying in academia or moving into industry. Cheeky Scientist's presentation helped me peer into the world of business and entrepreneurship. I gained a very practical understanding of what it takes to be successful on the other side. Cheeky Scientist opened my eyes to the possibility of starting my own business, something that I had not considered before. As scientists and industry professionals, Cheeky Scientist's speakers successfully exemplifies that it's possible to use your degree to start up companies both on your own and with other people. Overall, Cheeky Scientist's guidance has helped me rethink my future goals and also encouraged me to realize these goals.

Shuqi Wang, Ph.D.
Health Sciences & Technology Research Fellow

Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, the only people I networked with were other PhDs.

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Before I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association, the only people I networked with were other PhDs. Once I joined, I learned how to reach out to cold contacts and build a network of industry professionals. The interview information was pivotal to my job search success and the private group provided cutting-edge information that demystified many of my fears about the job application process. I have recommended the CSA to all of my labmates!

 

Yinting Teng, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Republic Polytechnic

Since school left me without any knowledge as to how to create a great resume or even interview, I decided to join CSA to learn how to do these things.

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I realized as a graduate student that academia was not the right path for me. Since school left me without any knowledge as to how to create a great resume or even interview, I decided to join CSA to learn how to do these things. Everything from the videos to the webinars was very helpful. I learned to write my resume and polish my LinkedIn page, as well as how to network. In fact, I ended up really enjoying the supportive community. I’m already connecting with people in the industry and expect to get a position soon. This is an excellent course if you’re like me and not sure where to start.

Bart De Baere, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, MDRU - Mineral Deposit Research Unit

Without this program, it would have taken me a long time to learn everything.

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I originally joined CSA because I’m a postdoc with no interest in working in academia. I want an industry position, so the information on creating a great resume, how to network and using online resources like LinkedIn to connect with hiring managers was very useful. Without this program, it would have taken me a long time to learn everything.

Elena Cubedo, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate, Florida International University

Through the CSA course, I not only learned how to create a great resume, I also received excellent feedback.

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Trying to find an industry job as a postdoc is anything but simple. I had no idea where to start and wasn’t even sure how to write up my resume. Through the CSA course, I not only learned how to create a great resume, I also received excellent feedback through the private group. Perhaps the most useful information was how powerful keywords can be. I would certainly recommend the program.

Ketan Marballi, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix

I was going through a very difficult time in my program. I was full of doubt and uncertainty and these feelings were starting to erode my confidence and energy. That's when I contacted Cheeky Scientist. To my surprise, they got back to me right away.

Julian-Reyes-Velez

I've been following Cheeky Scientist for a long time. I love reading the companies articles because they are always very easy to put into action. As a PhD student, I don't have a lot of time for platitudes and empty words. If I'm going to take the time to read content online, it has to be both credible and immediately actionable. Cheeky Scientist's articles are both. Recently, I had the privilege of talking personally with a Cheeky Scientist consultant on the phone. You see, I was going through a very difficult time in my program. I was full of doubt and uncertainty and these feelings were starting to erode my confidence and energy. That's when I contacted Cheeky Scientist. To my surprise, they got back to me right away. After talking with the Cheeky Scientist consultant, I felt great. I felt aligned. More than that, I felt unstoppable. I had a detailed action plan that I could initiate right away.

Julian Reyes Velez, Ph.D. Candidate
Prince Edward Island University

Cheeky Scientist is currently reaching over 40,000 professionals.

Michael-Smith

There are companies who make things happen and there are company's who don’t. Cheeky Scientist most definitely falls into the first category. When you work with the Cheeky Scientist team, you can’t help but be captured by their energy and enthusiasm. Cheeky Scientist's team members leverage their academic background to ensure that their work is under-pinned by a meticulously planned approach and leaves nothing to chance. And when you see what they have accomplished with their weekly articles currently reaching over 40,000 professionals, it is no surprise – this was all by design. I would highly recommend Cheeky Scientist to anyone who wants to make something happen and create impact, whether personally or professionally.

Michael Smith, M.B.A.
Director of Sales at Align Technology

Meeting and working with Cheeky Scientist has been life-changing. I encourage others to do the same.

colin3-150x150Dr. Hankel is exactly the type of person that every educational institution in the world should employ to teach people the value of their advanced degrees. Since meeting him several months ago, he has taught me to realize exactly what I have achieved throughout the course of my career, as well as where my journey is leading and how to best move forward towards my ultimate goals. Having gone through the process himself, Isaiah understands the hard work and dedication that are necessary to graduate with a Ph.D., M.B.A., M.D., D.M.D., etc. Through Cheeky Scientist, he is therefore committed to empowering those of us that possess these degrees with the ultimate aim of making sure that each of us realizes his/her full potential. Meeting and working with Cheeky Scientist has been life-changing. I encourage others to do the same.

Colin White, Ph.D.
R&D Director at Parcell Laboratories