Let me tell you a story.

(Also, if you read this story in a Morgan Freeman voice, it sounds so much more dramatic! Try it.)


Once upon a time, there was a girl named Gertrude. She got too cool for her own good, and asked people to refer to her as “Gee.”

She also responds to “Gerty.” But only if you knew her from her childhood.

Gee got a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology.

Her dissertation was entitled: “The role of bacterial amyloids in the modulation of gastrointestinal homeostasis.”

This was a really fancy way of saying: “So you know probiotics? Yeah, well, here’s one way they may work in your gut to keep you healthy.”

She had a great advisor and by the time she graduated from her PhD, she had 5 publications. She was super proud of that.

Her post-doc was cool too. She bagged 2 publications here. 😎

Gee kept on going with the flow (even though she was not completely in love with academia), until one day she was laid off from her post-doc.

It was unfortunate, but it also woke Gee to the fact that she wanted out of academia.

So she plotted. And she planned.

And she plotted and planned some more!

She would face disappointment after disappointment treading the treacherous waters of the confusing modern job market. After almost a year and a half of trying, she almost gave up. Being an under-employed PhD was hard.


One day, she saw a LinkedIn connection post about a science writer role with a marketing agency.

Gee had learned many hard lessons from the School of The Confusing Job Market at this point. But she gave this opportunity a chance. What was there to lose anyway?

For the first time, she applied to a job using a 1-page resume highly tailored for the job. She took off all her fancy academic publications and focused on showing the employer how her skills made her perfect for the job.

Two months later, Gee began working for the marketing agency as a science writer.

Is Gee now living happily ever after?

For the most part. If she can get her 10-year-old to consistently clean the dining table after he’s done eating, that would make all the difference. 🙄 😁

Nonetheless, Gee embarked on a writing career she is increasingly happy with every day.

The end.


Did you read this in Morgan Freeman’s voice?

Don’t tell me you know not who Morgan Freeman is!!! 😂

In the video below, I share more of my frustrations with academia and why I left.

Nowadays, I happily work as a medical communications professional and run The Bold PhD.

I’ve had the pleasure of speaking at several universities including Oxford University, Johns Hopkins University, Brandeis University, University of Southern California, and Temple University.

I’ve also had the privilege of being featured as a guest on The Papa PhD Podcast, Personal Finance for PhDs, and The Self-Compassionate Professor.

But that’s enough about me. Let’s talk about you!

How do you get started around here? Glad you asked!

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