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Why I Don’t Regret My PhD

I was having lunch with a fellow PhD working outside of academia the other day, and I articulated something I’ve been thinking but didn’t quite know how to say. I don’t regret my PhD. I really don’t, even though I’m cynical about academia. It’s a

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5 Beliefs Needed to Achieve an Amazing Post-PhD Career

As I’ve transitioned to a post-PhD career, I’ve realized something. Success is all about mindset. Now before you imagine those cheesy posters from the 90s that had motivational quotes on them (hands up if you’re old enough to remember those), let me explain. It’s super

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Why Can’t We Stop Doing Phds?

I was raised religious, and as a kid there were two career paths that appealed to me more than any others: missionary and minister. I felt that I’d been put on this earth for some higher purpose, and what higher purpose could there be than

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What Nobody Tells You About Leaving Academia

This post is one of the first I ever wrote. It laid the groundwork for a lot of my thinking about post-PhD careers that ended up in my book, Doctoring: Building a Life After a PhD—read a sample for free on Amazon. Leaving academia isn’t

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Your Career Is Not a Casualty of Your PhD

If you’re somewhere at the beginning, middle, or end of a PhD, there’s something I want you to grasp before we can get down to the brass tacks of actually starting a career outside of academia. You have a lot to offer the marketplace. There’s

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