Tools for Building a Career With Purpose

This page is a compilation of just about everything that has helped, or would have helped me on my way. These are the resources I love for turning your degree into a career, a business, a blog, or anything else you might want to do with it!

Career Tools For Advanced Degrees


The Professor Is In

Career site with great resources for both academic and non-academic jobs.

From PhD to Life

Great website for PhD careers and coaching services.


Cool networking site for PhDs to meet people in industry.

The Versatile PhD

Tons of great career directories for PhD programs + other resources


The Professor Is In, Karen Kelsky *

Work Your Career, Loleen Berdahl & Jonathan Malloy *

Advanced Degree Career Placement/Recruiting

Advanced Degree Incubators/

Tandem Launch

Montreal-based start-up foundry for PhD research.

Conception X

UK-based incubator program for PhDs.

Founder Institute

Not specific to advanced degrees, but one of the best-known incubators in the world.

General Career Resources


What Color Is Your Parachute, Richard Bolles *

Resources for Entrepreneurs


Smart Passive Income

Great site dedicated to creating online businesses


Website dedicated to all things business.

Amy Porterfield

Amazing resource for creating online businesses.

Seth’s Blog

From the mind of Seth Godin, a marketing wizard and lovely human being.


How I Built This

Hosted by Guy Raz, this podcast has interviews with the best-known founders in the world. I can’t get enough of it!

Thought Leadership

Programs and Software


I built Roostervane on Bluehost, and I love them. Their customer support is fantastic and they’ve always been great to work with. I totally recommend them for starting a blog or website!


Roostervane is currently hosted on Kinsta. It’s fantastic and fast, but also a little more pricey.

Skillshare *

This blog only exists because of Skillshare. I learned SEO, Web Design, and more on there, while Carolyne (who designed the Roostervane logo) used it to become a graphic designer. It’s amazing for would-be creatives.


I’ve tried different email software over time. I really believe this is the best and it’s really easy to use.


Roostervane is built on Elementor. It’s a fantastic drag and drop page builder that works with WordPress and makes it really easy to create beautiful pages.

Links marked with an asterisk (*) are affiliate links. These links pay me a commission if you choose to purchase from them, at no extra cost to you. This supports the work we do here at Roostervane. I (Chris) only recommend things I have used and benefited from.


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