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How to Get Research Funded Outside of Academia

I wasn’t expecting that knowing how to get research funded would be a valuable post-PhD skill. To be honest, I thought that most organizations just had money. Was I wrong! With each organization I worked for, I realized how common it was to have to

How To Start a Blog

This post contains links to affiliate products, which–if you choose to purchase–pay me a commission at no extra cost to you. For more info, read this. I only promote products I’ve used and believe in. So you want to start a blog? Blogging has been

5 Ways to Build Your Network When You Can’t Go Outside

As a pandemic falls upon the earth and we are increasingly confined to our houses, there are some of you who would like to use this time to build your network. There are arguments about whether this is a time to be productive or not,

A message from Chris Re: Covid

Several weeks ago, I stopped posting on Roostervane. I basically shut down my Twitter. I didn’t want to seem insensitive. People are dying. This is the greatest human tragedy that any of us have ever witnessed (and hopefully will ever witness). Posting about networking, resumes,

Software and Programs I Swear By

These are products I’ve used over my time in building a career, starting a business, and now growing a digital company that I think can be useful to you. SkillShare I signed up for Skillshare the last year of my PhD. Between my spouse and

Books I Love

Self-education is one of the best things I’ve ever done! I’ve learned way more by teaching myself than from any degree I’ve ever done. Yup… I said it. These are some of my favorite books on career, personal finance, and a few other things. Check

Is a PhD Worth It?

Is a PhD worth it? I’ve seen this question lurking around the hallowed threads of Twitter lately—a place I spend more time than I’d like to confess. A few people admit to regretting their PhD. Most—myself included — said that they don’t (I wrote about

8 Ways to Maximize your transferable skills

In theory, grad students know that they have transferable skills. We talk about it all the time. Heck, my department started recruiting people to PhDs by talking about transferable skills–and to this day I’m not sure if they ever had a clue what it meant.

10 awesome Informational Interview Questions

Informational interview questions–AKA–coffee with strangers I came across the “50 cups of coffee” idea right as I was at my wits end in academia. I knew I had to leave but didn’t know where to start. The “50-cups-of-coffee-strategy”—not unique to academics but recommended for anyone