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What Is Personal Branding and Why Does It Matter?

Hey Everyone! It’s a guest author take over! Chris has handed the reins over to me for this one and I am excited to talk about branding with you…personal branding to be specific. Here’s a little about me before I start. Full disclosure, I am

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

Three more amazing non-academic PhD Careers

This is a follow-up to the first post on great PhD careers: “3 Amazing and Well-Paying Career Paths for PhDs.“ PhD-holders often have no idea what they can do in the “real world.” Usually their list of post-Phd careers is something like: Librarian, University Administration,

I answer 7 questions about post-PhD work

Last night, I put a call out on Twitter for people’s top questions about post-PhD work (specifically non-academic). I got some really good questions about post-PhD work, and I’ll try to answer them here. For a few of them, I’ve rephrased the question. I hope

4 PhD careers with travel involved

On a cold December morning, I was in the back of a taxi on the way to Schoenefeld Airport in Berlin. The sun hadn’t yet risen over the red roofs. We were on our way to London for Christmas. My kids had gone back to

11 Places in the Real World You Can Get Paid to Research

I’ve now worked outside of academia for a little over a year–and yes, I’ve been paid to research. In fact, I’m constantly shocked by the amount of research that happens in places not associated with universities. I suspect most grad students would be as well.

I Reviewed 53 PhD Linkedin Profiles. Here’s What I Saw

One morning in December, I put the call out on Twitter that anyone with an advanced degree looking to build a career should join the new Master’s and PhD LinkedIn group—Roostervane—Careers for Advanced Degrees. (If you’re in the same boat you’re welcome to join!) Plus,

6 Mistakes PhDs make when networking

I sat in on a how-to-get a job seminar in the second year of my PhD that stressed the importance of networking for non-academic careers. I nodded and took notes. The instructor looked us in the eye and said, “Don’t wait until you’re done. Start