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PhD 019: Starting an “Alternative” Career Symposium at Your Institution with Mark Esposito

April 30th, 2015

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A very special thank you to Mark Esposito who also runs the Breaking Bio blog found at breakingbio.org

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Mark wrote a guide about creating the career symposium you heard in this show at http://www.breakingbio.org/resources/

Discussion points:

  • Understanding your career path and constantly questioning your goals
  • Problems with tenure track positions as the default
  • How do we approach learning about “alternative careers”
  • Steps in initiating a career symposium:
    • 1) Raise money via internal and external grants or donations
    • 2) Connect with potential speakers/guests
      • Ask faculty
      • Use LinkedIn or call companies
      • Ask departmental office
      • Location can be important
    • 3) Logistics for travel arrangement, room availability
  • Career areas addressed at the symposium held at Princeton’s Department of Molecular Biology:
    • Policy
    • Education
    • Industry R&D
    • Law
    • Science Communication
  • Related Episodes:

A very special thanks to Mark Esposito. You can find some great, accessible science posts by Mark at BreakingBio.org. We hope you can take some of his advice and start discussions of alternative careers at your school. He was nice enough to write up a summary and supporting materials that you can find at phdinprogress.com/19.

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PhD 017: “We’re NOT Morons!” – Facing Impostor Syndrome

October 3rd, 2014

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If you would like to donate to help cover costs, please click here.This week we have a friendly dialogue about facing Impostor Syndrome and how it has appeared in our lives.

Resources:

We’ve started something new! So far, all of the funding for this show has come out of my own pocket. To help cover the costs, I’ve started a Patreon campaign where you can pledge to help out the show. I’ve also placed a PayPal Donation button on the site.  The show will ALWAYS be free but if you would like to help us cover costs and improve the quality of our show, please consider contributing via Patreon.com/phdpodcast.

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iTunes user dgr- two left a 5 star review,  saying:

“I’d recommend this podcast to any current or prospective graduate students- the speakers always keep the topics fresh and interesting. My only complaint is that while there were two episodes about finding non-academic jobs after school, there hasn’t been anything yet about pursuing postdoctoral or tenure track positions”.

Thank you for the review and we’ll work on getting together a postdoc episode.

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PhD 009: “Career Services, Networking, and Informational Interviews” with Amy Pszczolkowski

June 12th, 2014

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This week Jason, Nikhil, and Abigail sit down with Amy Pszczolkowski, Assistant Director of Princeton University’s Career Services office to discuss career search resources and networking strategies. We encourage you to reach out to your career service office and tell us about your experience!

What can you expect to receive from your university’s career service officer?
-Counseling/Advising: a thought partner and guide; broad exposure
-Assessments: personality, fit, strength/weakness, professional skills, interviewing
-Free valuable information on career center websites

Grad students often don’t know about these services, but the earlier you come in, the better support you can receive.

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PhD 005: 3 Important Points of Advice to New Graduate Students

May 13th, 2014

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This week Jason, Nikhil, and Abigail hope to help newer graduate students by discussing what they WISH they knew earlier in their studies.

Self-management, the production mindset, and failure are the 3 broad topics we dive into for this discussion.

We mention a couple of neuroscience studies-
Chronic partial sleep deprivation:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK19961/

Sleep and memory – way too much literature, but the wiki is pretty comprehensive
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_and_memory

Where does Nikhil find his best ideas?
How can you earn your secret Ph.D.?
And correct, unurgent is not a word. Thank you in advance.