Phd Transferable Skills: Do Extracurriculars Matter?

The answer is YES! As a Phd with limited professional experience, you should not underestimate the value of non-academic activities. The Phd transferable skills you have heard about don’t only relate to the work you did in grad school. In fact, hobbies, sports, charity work, and the like might be your saving grace when time comes to put the finishing touches to your resume. Not only can they make you stand out in the eyes of employers, but they can also enhance your otherwise one-dimensional scholarly profile.Here are a few reasons why bulking up on extracurricular activities can also help substantiate...

Preparing for Non-Academic Jobs: 4 Qualities Employers Seek

Employers aren’t necessarily looking for the next Einstein! There are four main qualities that top employers are looking for when reviewing resumes and cover letters. If you are preparing for the non-academic job market, you will not only want to make sure that you are blessed with these qualities, but that you’ve also emphasized them in your profile.Problem Solving Skills. This is one of the most important qualities that employers are looking for. Take an in-depth look at your past in and out of graduate school for examples of challenges you’ve encountered, and problems that you solved in an academic, professional, or volunteering-related...

Phd Non-Academic Career Prep 101: Mapping Out Your Plan B (Part 3)

We often hear from Phds who enter the non-academic job market they wished they had done things differently in graduate school. In the third installment of our 4-part blog series, we provide you with advice on how to prepare to be competitive on the non-academic job market by bolstering your EQ. YEAR 3: Now that you have broadened your network. It’s time to narrow your focus. Become a leader. By now, you should have shown clear advancement in your studies and expanded your reach on campus in terms of your involvement and responsibilities. You should be well advanced in your dissertation, and your...

Phd Non-Academic Career Prep 101: Mapping Out Your Plan B (Part 2)

We often hear from Phds who enter the non-academic job market that they wished they had done things differently while still in graduate school. In this second installment of a 4-part blog series, we provide you with advice on how to prepare to be competitive on the non-academic job market by bolstering your EQ. YEAR 2: You’ve had a chance to get acclimated to graduate school. The next step is to start showing empathy.Industry employers want employees that are more than just an IQ. They want people who possess a healthy EQ as well. How do you do that? By building...

Phd Non-Academic Career Prep 101: Mapping Your Plan B (part 1)

  We often hear from Phd's who enter the non-academic job market that they wished they had done things differently while in graduate school. In the first installment of our 4-part blog series, we provide you with advice on how to kick start your Phd non-academic career prep to avoid having last-minute regrets and to be competitive on the job market if you end up having to seek employment outside academia.  From the first year to graduation day, we’ll discuss steps you can take along the way to make sure that you are adequately prepared to find a job that honors...

How to Manage your Phd Adviser’s Expectations and Stay Zen

Pursuing a Phd can be stressful for many reasons. You might work with a demanding adviser, have too many classes to teach, and might be running out of funding to pursue your studies. Add student debt and no concrete job prospects in your field to the mix, and you’re in for a meltdown. To quit or not to quit? That is the question.While the right decision might vary with every situation, one thing is for sure: you need to start exploring alternative career options right now, which means that you need to learn to manage your adviser who is probably...

The Post-Phd Informational Interview: Six Simple Rules

If you’re a Phd graduate looking for non-academic job opportunities, trying to expand your network, or just exploring your options, you are probably familiar with the infamous post-Phd informational interview. Whether you’re looking to gain insight into a particular sector, or connect with a “friend of a friend” who has been working outside the Ivory Tower, chances are you have sat in some random Starbucks to chat about potential post-Phd career opportunities in the hopes of networking your way into the non-academic world. If not, you will VERY SOON.How do you prepare for the post-Phd informational interview, these sometimes awkward,...

WHY YOUR IQ MAY BE YOUR WORST ENEMY BEYOND GRADUATE SCHOOL

Have you ever wondered why you never got the “call back” after a job interview despite the fact that your profile matched the job description perfectly? Have you ever wondered why someone less skilled and experienced than you got the promotion you were aiming for? While it might be a question of “being at the right place at the right time”, there is another reason you might want to consider as you set new career goals for yourself.In this current job market, having a long list of achievements under your belt is not sufficient for you to get a job....

5 Tips to Keep Your Phd Career Priorities Straight While in Graduate School

If you’re considering taking the alt-ac route, you probably heard that transitioning out of academia does not happen overnight. A successful Phd career switch requires some preparation. Professional schools have taken this reality into account. Since more than 60% of incoming students are looking for a career change, professional development activities and workshops start on orientation day. Why? Simply because it takes time to build new professional networks, and define new career goals.Due to the current state of the academic job market, today’s Ph.D. programs have to face a similar reality: the vast majority of incoming students are Phd career...

FOLLOW THE STAR: HOW TO SHINE DURING NON-ACADEMIC JOB INTERVIEWS

The most heart-wrenching part of transitioning into the post-ac world is to say farewell to all the signs of your past successes. When I left academia, the hardest part for me was to bid farewell to my C.V. and embrace the principle that “less is more.”  Although I knew I had to do it, I spent several weeks running around in circles, unable to bring myself to trimming my long and thick list of accomplishments into a pale, drab and simple one-page resume. Once it was done, I felt naked and afraid that nobody would ever understand my value. How...

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