When I finished my PhD and start looking for jobs, people ask me, “Why not apply for research positions in XYZ University?”
Yes, I like research, but I don’t want to stay in academia.
It turns out I’m not the only one. A study in 2017 shows that over time PhDs’ interest in an academic career is decreasing and there are even 25% of students who have completely lost interest in academia.
Then, here comes the reality, when you type “PhD” into search engines, you will only see academic jobs. In fact, when I asked my professor for advice, he only tells me sad truths – having a PhD is a burden in non-academic jobs.
So, what could PhDs do outside academia?
The podcast series will explore the personal stories of PhD graduates that lead them out of academia and try to address the following questions:
- When did they start considering a non-academic career? Before PhD? Early stage of PhD? Or final year when they were struggling with their thesis?
- What’s their transition process from such specialized research field to what they are doing now?
- How do they find the career they are in now?
- Were they desperate, or did they face difficulty in pursuing such a career?
- How do they overcome?
- What are they doing now?
- Are they passionate or satisfied with what they are doing now?
- What do they see themselves in the future?
- What advice will they have for PhD graduates who are pursuing a non-academic career?
I am passionate about listening to people’s stories and make their voices heard!
I would love to learn from your story! Thanks for sharing with me and fellow PhDs!