PhD in Progress Podcast

PhD 022: PhDs No Longer In Progress! – The Dr. Nikhil and Dr. Kelly Show

October 29th, 2015

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This week, the hosts recount their final days as graduate students and their first days as doctors.

  • How are the last steps of the PhD process?
  • Finalizing thesis, defense talk, and job search simultaneously
  • Stressful days leading up to the defense
  • “No one cares about your thesis!”* – A PhD advisor
  • Hosting family and friends for your defense
  • Beware: You MAY get emotional during the final moments of your talk
  • Kelly doesn’t let professionalism get in the way of her sailor’s mouth
  • Reviewing the job searches for Kelly and Nikhil
    • Hear about Kelly’s “Lifelong Dream” in Episode 6
    • Get the background on the Co-Founder of Nikhil’s Zipline company, Doug, in Episode 8
  • Don’t be afraid to use your network! It’s tough out there.
  • For interviews: Practice, Practice, Practice!
  • Prepare for your negotiations
  • Why can’t Jason hit Natalie Imbruglia’s notes anymore?

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