Social science and humanities PhDs are not the only ones asking, "If not academia, then what?" This week I was the inaugural guest on PhD in Progress, a podcast weekly podcast run by three molecular biology grad students from Princeton University. They asked me to share tips on how to transition to a nonacademic career. You can find the podcast here, http://phdinprogress.com/2/ In the first half of the podcast, Jason, Nikhil, and Abigail -- the molecular biology trifecta! -- discuss an article released by the American Institutes for Research titled “The Nonacademic Careers of STEM PhD Holders.” The article, released in April 2014, gives lots of stats on nonacademic careers for STEM PhDs and includes stats by gender and race. One statistic that stood out to me is that 61% of STEM PhDs pursue nonacademic careers. With such a high number who do not [...]
Loneliness and isolation are challenges that any PhD needs to overcome when considering or transitioning to nonacademic careers. This time of career exploration can set you apart from your grad school cohort, mentors or professional colleagues. While everyone else frets over nailing that conference paper or the insane number of academic job applications to submit, you are doing that work in addition to creating new career options for yourself. Others may not understand why you spend your time working an internship or how you manage to find the time to maintain your blog alongside fulfilling your degree requirements. You need to find your tribe -- people who get you and who are on the same path as you -- to find the energy and support to live out your lifepath. Who is your tribe? - People who think like you. Your tribe shares your worldview and perspective. They [...]
http://youtu.be/nl393d4wzXM If not academia, then what? Career exploration for PhDs Here's a list of common and emerging sectors: nonprofit, philanthropy, government, legal, marketing/PR, communications, business/strategy, consulting, operations, management, public safety and security services, social entrepreneurship, social impact careers What others would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments section.
Hey there, PhD Job Seekers! I just wrapped up Options4Success! Career Exploration Program, and I want to share a quick tip I taught my course participants. Determine if you plan to be on a career continuum or career change path. Not sure what that is, check out this video to decide. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh2RQ1kBbjk Which approach best suits you and your career journey? Tell us below in the comments section. There's power in knowing your options, Dr. Fatimah