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Networking is a long game

Networking is a long game

Networking is a long game. During my post-doc, I attended a career event and that is where I learned about scientists who were making a living writing. The panel consisted of 4 people - one who had leveraged his PhD and launched a successful novelist career, two...

Why I left academia

Why I left academia

"Why did you leave academia?" My answer. I don't hate academia. I LOVE IT. I think it's because college campuses make me feel like I'm in my 20s again - a time of my life I enjoyed thoroughly. Anyway, why did I leave? I did not leave completely. I was still teaching...

You did not go to school JUST to get a job.

You did not go to school JUST to get a job.

More than 10 years ago, I had a professor who told me, "Your education is supposed to make you think and be a problem-solver, not just fill a job title." That was a game-changer for me. As I've gotten older, the idea has been cemented for me: when it comes to careers,...

20 non-academic career paths PhDs should consider!

20 non-academic career paths PhDs should consider!

You want to do something outside of academia or which does not require teaching or academic research but you're not sure where to get started? Here are 20+ career paths PhDs can consider that do not involve teaching or academic research (for both STEM and non-STEM...

Stop saying you don’t have experience

Stop saying you don’t have experience

Whenever I have the opportunity to do informational interviews with academics seeking to change careers, one comment that NEVER FAILS to come up is, "But I don't have XYZ experience. I've only ever taught in a classroom/worked in a lab/worked in the clinic." And I get...

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