How to explain research to employers

2018-10-02T02:29:27+00:00November 20th, 2014|

A recent PhD grad in Sociology emailed me with the following question. Her academic advisor suggested she reach out to me for support in making the connection between her qualitative research and business leaders. “I am a recent PhD grad looking to apply my skills outside of academia, and was wondering how can I prep for meetings with business leaders to discuss qualitative research and its benefits?”  I didn’t have the opportunity to ask this PhD grad any follow-up questions about the type and purpose of these meetings or to clarify what she means by “business leaders.” In my reply, I assumed she means employers and professionals she may meet through networking and job interviews. Know what you do. When speaking with employers and anyone outside of your discipline you must be able to describe what you do in clear, jargon free [...]

Career Clarity Q&A

2018-10-02T02:29:27+00:00October 22nd, 2014|

The Career Clarity Q&A blog section features my responses to graduate student, postdoc, faculty and administrator's questions on professional development and job searching for PhDs. I often get questions through my Twitter feed, the contact page, email and at campus or conference workshops. When the questions are relevant to the broader BTT community, I'll post my responses here. The following question came from a social science graduate student at a workshop I delivered at the University of Tennessee- Knoxville just last week. Where can I find interesting jobs that are good for PhDs? There are lots of great jobs, however many of them do not require that applicants have PhD-level training. You'll have an easier search by looking for the job types that match your criteria, rather than focusing on jobs that require applicants to have PhDs. Here are a couple of [...]

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