Resources for the #Altac Professional
This website is a platform for people who are looking for an “out” from academia. In these pages, you will find career support resources, articles on how to transition out of academia, and news about industry professionals who have left the Ivory Tower once and for all.
Leaving Academia Once and For All
Many people with a PhD have left academia for greener pastures. In the industry world, you can still leverage your research skills, expand your career horizons, and not have to deal with the politics or pressures associated with the college and university setting.
Top PhD Jobs
There are many different career paths for you if you have a PhD. Some common career paths for PhD students include:
- Venture Capital
- Finance & Stocks
- Business Development
So, you have a PhD? Go Chase Knowledge!
Yes, we know you are a graduate with PhD. But when was the last time you chase after a book shop to buy and read a book at your own volition to obtain an information for your self-development? Knowledge doesn’t chase people; people chase knowledge and information.
When we think of discrimination, these are types of ugly, virulent prejudice that we think about. But John faced a much different kind of prejudice when he entered the job market as a new minted PhD in 1995. Although he applied to more than 150 academic jobs and had completed several field experiments, he was given only one interview. He later discovered that other nearly identical applicants received thirty interviews from just forty or so applications. The main difference between John and these other applicants was that John received his PhD from the University of Wyoming whereas they have received theirs from “brand-name” schools like Harvard and Princeton.
– Uri Gneezy and John List
Meeting New Professionals through professional networking.
Continued Professional Development to stand out with industry excellence.
The Complete Package
Altacs, with their PhD or terminal degree, are primed to make their career and industry a bright one.
About George Marie, PhD
George Marie is a PhD graduate from the University of Utah with an industry job.
To help recent PhD graduates, former faculty members, and postdocs find their calling in a rewarding career field.
I can help with dissertation coaching, career coaching, CV and resume development, and networking.
Things to Realize When You Search for Non-Academic PhD Jobs
There are a few factors that you can work towards your advantage when looking for your ideal PhD job when you start the process of leaving academia.
1. How is the economy?
The economy is going to factor into every job, whether you have a PhD or not. If you use your creativity, intelligence, and more. Remember that the average period of unemployment is about 17 weeks.
2. Remember that skills are much more important than credentials.
Employers do not care about the number of letters that are after your name. The skill set that comes with those credentials is much more important. People, in the non-academic job market come from a wide variety of backgrounds. You’re just another person in the resume pile, so make sure that you are well aware and can speak to your specific skill sets.
3. Your dissertation is part of your skill set.
Let’s say that your dissertation is on climate change. You are an immediate expert in that field. You probably learned some skills while working on your dissertation that does not have to be taught in on-the-job training.
4. Networking is key.
Here is a very successful trick. Try writing a “broadcast email.” You could send this to people that you know, letting them know about your plans. This is super important because one of your connections might know someone who is looking for you, the perfect person with the skills that they are looking for.
5. Positive energy is everything.
Remember to be positive. Even if you get an interview that doesn’t go anywhere, you should write the interviewer a thank you note. They’ll remember your impressive skill sets and you’ll be able to connect to someone else in the future. Also, remember that your thoughts become your habits, which help inform your destiny.