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How I Made the Leap to Entrepreneurship

2018-10-02T02:29:26+00:00July 6th, 2016|Tags: , , |

In 2011, I completed my doctorate in Cultural Anthropology with a focus on black political mobilization and black identity formation in Colombia, South America. I’d had a great run in my graduate program, and by most accounts, I was a model graduate student. University and national fellowships. Authorship and co-authorship of publications in leading scholarly journals. Presentations at national and international conferences. A research fellow at the Center for Race and Ethnicity at my university. And, an amazing offer for a postdoctoral fellowship that came with all the bells and whistles – a 1:1 teaching load, faculty development training, mentorship, and a competitive salary. (Did I mention that the university was located near my family, which would make visiting my mom and aging grandparents so much easier?)  Still, something about moving forward in academia didn’t feel right. I felt like I wouldn’t [...]

How to Use Your Academic Skills to Create the Perfect Side-Hustle

2018-10-02T02:29:26+00:00June 29th, 2016|Tags: , , |

If you’re a regular reader of Beyond the Tenure Track or you read my column in The Chronicle of Higher Education, you know me as the career coach to PhDs. I travel all across the country each year and speak on college campuses to provide career strategy to academics. I also provide one-on-one consulting to clients, build online courses, and author publications to help academics achieve their career goals. As my clients and colleagues have watched my company grow each year, I’ve started to get more questions about my actual business--how I built it and how I’ve gone from a Cultural Anthropology graduate student to a consultant to national philanthropies and government agencies with contracts upwards of $30,000 each. I’m not at all surprised by this influx of entrepreneurial interest. While some readers who follow my business may think that I’m solely [...]

Cultivating the Skills You Need

2018-10-02T02:29:26+00:00June 21st, 2016|

A marketable skill-set is not just a matter of maintaining the skills you've developed, but consistently cultivating new key job skills to keep you competitive for jobs and any entrepreneurial projects you may decide to pursue. You've heard it before, "You have the skills you need to do jobs in many sectors whether inside or beyond the academy." Even I've provided training to shine light on the transferable skills you already possess. Still, there may be times you need to enhance the tools in your toolkit. At Beyond the Tenure Track, we believe that you should focus your skills-building. Time and money are precious so you want to invest in building skills that support your personal and professional development goals. There are a few skills that you should have whatever career path you pursue. These skills are valuable and necessary in order for you [...]

Pushing Through the Fear

2018-10-02T02:29:26+00:00June 14th, 2016|

Part 3 of a 3-part series, Pushing Through the Fear Get information and take advantage of resources in support of your goal. Information and experimentation can take the fear out of the unknown.  Regardless of what specific career path you’ve chosen, the more prepared and knowledgeable you are about your prospective career choice, the easier the transition and job acquisition will be. Take time to nurture your goal. There are no shortcuts in getting what you want, but at least you are working toward a goal and vision that you can own rather than one that was handed to you as default because supposedly “people with a degree in __________ do this ___________ (fill in the career)” or “people your age do that__________” (fill in the career)—or any other standard line you’ll hear. To be prepared for your goal, do your research into [...]

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