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10 Awesome Informational Interview Questions

The right informational interview questions can be the key to unlocking a career you love. 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

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 They Network

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

5 Friends Every Academic Should Have

This may seem like either an over-simple or too-difficult instruction depending on whether you’re extroverted or introverted. But I want you to think for a few minutes about your friendships. I believe that we become the people we hang out with. A lot of academics

Many Students Have No Idea How to Network: Here Are 5 Tricks

Knowing how to network is a vital life skill–and it’s not usually taught in degree programs. But networking is stressful, isn’t it? When I think about networking, I imagine standing in a roomful of people trying to talk to strangers. Every time I’ve ever tried