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The idea that getting a PhD is going to hurt your chances of getting a non-academic job is a misconception. In fact, most PhDs go on to get non-academic jobs and most get paid more than non-PhDs in the same position.
The short answer is “Neither” and here is why. The way hiring works is that a company does not hire unless they have a problem they can’t solve with the people that are already paying. Why would they hire somebody if their team can get it done? The first person who knows that they’re n...
I can proudly say that I’ve accepted jobs even though I knew (and my new manager knew) that I didn’t have a clue how to do some or all of that job. In fact, I seem to have made a career of doing just that. If you attended my webinar in January, you’ll remember that I spoke a bit about it. ...
Hello everyone! I wanted to take the time to circle back and continue the discussion about headhunters, and what they mean to you as a job seeker. In previous blogs, I made the following points about headhunters: 1) Headhunters really aren't the best place to focus the bulk of your efforts ...
I often encounter two types of graduate students and postdocs who are on the job market. The first type is looking for the perfect job. Students in this category want their first job to meet all of their career requirements such as responsibilities, salary, location, growth opportunities,...
Perhaps you have well established Mentor relationships in Academia or your current field. Are they the best people to guide you through a career transition into a new field? They know you well, and you have a comfortable relationship with them, but perhaps they don’t know enough about ...
I know what you did this summer. You probably worked on your job, but not your career. That’s okay. It’s hard to connect with people when so many are away on vacation. Weren’t you away part of the time? Please tell me you took a vacation. Please tell me you weren’t one of those who adde...
With the uncertainty of government funding and shrinking research budgets, scientists need to develop a career plan that includes an exit strategy — an alternate career route that will pay the bills during transition periods while you refocus your career goals. I am not advocating that researchers...
Looking for a job in this competitive market can at times be frustrating. It is difficult to discern what a potential employer is looking for in your application packet and, if you are looking for positions outside the bench, it can be nearly impossible to detail how your previous experience i...
Sometimes the science career track can feel like a track you are stuck on. If you are starting to feel like your career options are limited to being faculty or failure, or that you just want to give up and go back to school to learn a trade, you might not be aware of some of the really interesting c...