Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Staying Positive

Job hunting is a stressful and often demoralizing experience. Often it can be frustrating when the rejections come in, and you seriously begin to doubt the value of your PhD.

Newspapers, social media, among other channels, are quick to tell tales of people with PhD's languishing in unemployment, working on short-term contracts, or living on meagre salaries. It's no wonder PhD's feel immense trepidation about the future, regardless of whether that future is academic or non-academic.

I want to shift the narrative to a positive outlook. Yes, it will be tough, but if we celebrate the successes rather than the failures, we can at least remain hopeful about the future.

To that end, I want to compile a list of positive stories about what people did after the PhD! If you would like to join in, please email, leave a comment, or fill out this short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/D2SQQB9.

Not only will this allow people to remain upbeat about the job hunt, but it will also (fingers-crossed) result in a database of sorts, where other PhD's can see what other people have done in life beyond the doctorate.

It would be great to know:

  1. What subject your PhD was in.
  2. Roughly what you have done since (academic/non-academic); which sector you work in.
  3. How long the process of finding a job took.
  4. Any advice based on your own experiences.
Long or short, I want to hear from you! You can add your comments below, or even better (and for anonymity) you can fill out the super short survey!!

Many thanks in advance!

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