What industries really value… and how to leverage this in your post-PhD job hunt

In academia, you might publish a paper and then say to an industry employer ‘hey, look, I have this thing!’ And the industry employer will respond ‘Ah, ok great…… what is that??’ – Eric James Stephens There’s a line in the Barenaked Ladies song ‘One Week’ (or as we called it at school, ‘The ChineseContinue reading “What industries really value… and how to leverage this in your post-PhD job hunt”

What skills do I have as a PhD? Getting a fresh perspective on an old-time question

‘Although we are taught our whole graduate careers to become narrower in our specialities, the alt-ac mindset is more about thinking broadly about the skills and abilities we bring to the table.’ – Kathryn E. Linder, Kevin Kelly & Thomas J. Tobin, Going Alt-Ac (2020: 49) Working for a consultancy firm that specialises in economicsContinue reading “What skills do I have as a PhD? Getting a fresh perspective on an old-time question”

What jobs can I do after my PhD? How to ‘map’ your options, with real examples

‘The bad news is there’s no comprehensive list of jobs you can get after a PhD in X. That’s also the good news: you can move into a vast array of exciting, meaningful careers.’ – Jen Polk, PhD: Founder of From PhD to Life I have a (PhD careers) dream. My first TV memory asContinue reading “What jobs can I do after my PhD? How to ‘map’ your options, with real examples”