Exploring New Career Paths
Where will your science PhD take you?
Published April 01, 2013
The majority of science PhDs no longer spend their careers working at academic institutions—but that doesn't mean that science PhDs aren't finding employment. Instead they're taking on roles in biotechnology, patent law, business development, science writing, sales, consulting, and medical communications. In other words, "alternative" science careers have become the mainstream. But how do you successfully prepare for and land a non-traditional science job? Turns out, it takes some planning. Delve into the Academy resources below to hear from people who have successfully made the transition from PhD to new career and to get tips on starting the process yourself.
From the PhD to President & CEO
Human Workflows and SciPhD co-founder Randy Ribaudo discusses the rewards and challenges of entrepreneurship, and how scientists can apply their problem-solving skills to successfully start and run a business.
From the PhD to Research Policy
Interested in the business of science or how research programs get designed, funded, and managed? Hear Mike Holland discuss how he went from imaging aluminum uptake in soybean roots to overseeing multi-billion dollar federal research programs.
Making the Leap: Planning for Career Satisfaction and Success
Melanie Sinche (Harvard University) offers her strategy for career planning with a four-step process including self-assessment, career exploration, goal setting, and the job search itself.
Jumping Off the Ivory Tower: Preparing for Interviews Outside Academe
Sharon Belden Castonguay (Baruch College) outlines tips for successful interviewing. She explains behavioral interviewing, the "tell me about yourself" pitch, and how to research employers and follow up.
The Great Migration
Only 14% of PhD graduates go on to careers in academia, according to a Washington Post article from July 2012. With more scientists than ever seeking jobs outside academia, what skills will they need to succeed?
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