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Resources

Tools for Building a Career With Purpose

This page is a compilation of just about everything that can help you on your way to building your career. These are all the resources I love to use for upskilling, building a business, a blog, or anything else you might want to do with it!

ROOSTERVANE FREE RESOURCES

what can you do with a PhD

GET STARTED WITH YOUR JOB SEARCH

Turn Any Degree Into a Job Starter Guide PDF

quitting academia

DISCOVER YOUR PURPOSE

Tell Your Story And Find Your Purpose Webinar

start a blog

BUILD YOUR INFLUENCE

How to Start a Blog 7-Part Email Course

CAREER TOOLS

Online Learning Platforms

Skillshare

Learn new skills from industry experts in design, writing, marketing, entrepreneurship, and so much more.

Linkedin Learning

LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda) comes with a LinkedIn premium membership. It has courses on just about anything, and like Skillshare there are some big names among the teachers.

Udemy

Udemy is a course marketplace with a TON of great courses. It has a lot of similarities to other course platforms, with one major difference: you pay by the course. Courses on Udemy can be anywhere from free to $200.

Coursera

Coursera is the online learning platform that looks the most like traditional college, and you can actually take college degrees on it. Add a course from Duke or Stanford to your resume!

DataCamp

DataCamp is the online learning site that’s dedicated to learning all things Data Science. Make the jump into coding and programming.

Books

The Professor Is In, Karen Kelsky *

Work Your Career, Loleen Berdahl & Jonathan Malloy *

Leaving Academia: A Practical Guide, Chris Caterine*

What Color Is Your Parachute, Richard Bolles *

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin*

Programs & Software

Headspace*

I discovered this app on the day of my comprehensive exams, and it’s been the single greatest thing of my life. Meditation saved me, and Headspace showed me how.

Bluehost*

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! (See my newest Bluehost project here)

Kinsta*

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.

ConvertKit*

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

Elementor*

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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