VPhD May 2016 Highlights

A round-up of some of the good, recent contributions to Versatile PhD. (Have your VPhD member credentials ready when you click through.)

Jobs

STEM Manager for Graduate Student Career Services, UCLA. VPhD has been working with UCLA Graduate Student Career Services for years, and we continue to be impressed at their comprehensive offerings and services. Maybe you can join them! Counsel STEM graduate students on their career options and also interface with employers. Open to all disciplines. Deadline May 26.

Multimedia Content Producer, Digital Promise. If the thought of combining research, communication, and creativity sounds like music to your ears, you should check this out. Collaborate with researchers in a variety of science and social science subjects to create short, engaging videos about recent research breakthroughs. Open until filled.

Forum Threads

“How do you get people to want to help you?” About networking and how to build the kind of constructive, helpful relationships that you really want. What do you think is the best way to go about it? A number of VPhD community members have already offered their thoughts, but maybe your experience or advice that you’ve heard is a missing piece of the puzzle!

“Informational interviews: why?” About understanding the purpose of informational interviews and whether they are really necessary. (tl;dr – Yes, but you have to have to have the right understanding of what they’re for.)

“Share your success stories” In which people who are very happy in their non-academic careers explain why they are happy. Contributions from a number of VPhD community members with established non-academic careers, and also some for whom the change is more recent, writing very powerful and positive reflections on it.

Careers in Technical Writing for Humanities and Social Science PhDs (Mar. 14-18, 2016)

Many in the humanities imagine that they might like to be writers. There are many different ways to pursue that goal. One of the most interesting (and most employable) is to be a technical writer. Technical writing is much more than just instruction manuals. With technology penetrating every corner of our lives, we all frequently encounter situations where we need help to understand how to use a given thing, be it a three-dimensional object or a website or a software app. Technical writing, at its heart, is basically helping people understand how to use something that is important to them.

Come learn about “Careers in Technical Writing” in the Versatile PhD Humanities and Social Science forum, March 14-18. Five panelists, all PhDs or ABDs in humanities or social science disciplines and all currently working as technical writers, will introduce themselves on Monday March 14 and answer your questions all week, through Friday March 18. They work in various technical writing roles in a variety of different companies – and they truly enjoy their work. Hear about this career path first hand from people like you. It may be more interesting than you think!

Panelists will introduce themselves Monday, March 14 and will answer your questions for the rest of the week through Friday, March 18.

To participate, join VPhD if you haven’t already, then visit the Humanities/Social Science forum any time that week. Look for threads beginning with the word “Panel.” No special registration or sign-up for the panel discussion is required beyond simply joining the Versatile PhD community. Joining automatically gets you access to the discussion forum and therefore to the panel.

You can follow the discussion by email if you wish: once signed in, go to MyVPhD > Notifications. All the choices are there for you: weekly digest, daily digest, or per post (every post sent to your inbox).

Anyone may join VPhD for free and enjoy this great web-based discussion. Invite friends!

Careers in Software Development for STEM PhDs (Feb. 22-26, 2016)

Software is such a huge deal in society today that it almost becomes a monolith: anyone with a computer science or computer engineering background can and probably will become a “software developer.” But software development is much more than just writing code. There is a research side, a product side and many different roles to play in the process, drawing on very different skill sets. You do not necessrily need a CS or CE background to get into software: there is room for all disciplines, given the right match between person and role. And you don’t necessarily have to work for a software company per se. Many different kinds of businesses, and even some government agencies and larger nonprofits, employ software developers internally to create and improve their own internal solutions.

Join us February 22-26 in the Versatile PhD STEM forum for a virtual panel discussion of “Careers in Software Development.” Several panelists will join us, all PhDs working in various facets of software development at different kinds of organizations. Their roles are diverse, and so are their academic backgrounds. Most of them have PhDs in STEM disciplnes other than CS or CE. You will be fascinated to hear about their experiences and perspectives in this pervasive yet infinitely varying field.

Panelists will introduce themselves Monday, February 22 and will answer your questions for the rest of the week through Friday, February 26.

To participate, join VPhD if you haven’t already, then visit the STEM forum any time that week. Look for threads beginning with the word “Panel.” No special registration or sign-up for the panel discussion is required beyond simply joining the Versatile PhD community. Joining automatically gets you access to the discussion forum and therefore to the panel.

You can follow the discussion by email if you wish: once signed in, go to MyVPhD > Notifications. All the choices are there for you: weekly digest, daily digest, or per post (every post sent to your inbox).

Anyone may join VPhD for free and enjoy this great web-based discussion. Invite friends!

Careers in Business For Humanities and Social Science PhDs (Jan. 25-29, 2016)

Versatile PhD members currently working in business have told us that they think many PhDs tend to write off the business world too quickly. If true, that’s too bad, since more and more employers understand the unique characteristics of PhDs from many disciplines, including the humanities and the social sciences. That’s what we heard recently at a major conference (the Council of Graduate Schools), both from PhDs at major companies and from the graduate deans in the audience:

Join us January 25-29 in the Humanities/Social Science Forum for a panel discussion of “Careers in Business for Humanities and Social Science PhDs.” Several humanities or social science PhDs currently making an impact in some of those particularly interesting roles – such as Communications, Sales Strategy, Learning & Development, and Business Development – will join us for the entire week to answer your questions. They work in a wide variety of large businesses; some are relatively new to business while others have been advancing for a long time. All are satisfied by their careers and look forward to telling their stories and answering your questions.

Panelists will introduce themselves Monday, January 25 and will answer your questions for the rest of the week through Friday, January 29.

To participate, join VPhD if you haven’t already, then visit the Humanities/Social Science forum any time that week. Look for threads beginning with the word “Panel.” No special registration or sign-up for the panel discussion is required beyond simply joining the Versatile PhD community. Joining automatically gets you access to the discussion forum and the panel.

You can follow the discussion by email if you wish: once signed in, go to MyVPhD > Notifications. All the choices are there for you: weekly digest, daily digest, or per post (every post sent to your inbox).

Anyone may join VPhD for free and enjoy this great web-based discussion. Invite friends!

Careers in University Administration for STEM PhDs (Nov. 16-20, 2015)

STEM PhD students, postdocs, early-career STEM PhDs – if you are someone who really likes being in a university environment but doesn’t necessarily need to teach or conduct research, have you ever considered a career in university administration? There are more different kinds of staff positions now than ever before. Working for a university allows you to be deeply engaged with higher education and have a specific positive impact of your own through a wide variety of possible roles.

Join us November 16-20 in the Versatile PhD STEM Forum for a virtual panel discussion of “Careers in University Administration for STEM PhDs.” All panelists are PhDs in STEM disciplines who have gone into various interesting niches within higher ed administration: career counseling, postdoctoral affairs, research administration and graduate education. The panelists look forward to sharing their experiences and answering your questions about working for a college or university in an “alt-ac” role.

Panelists will introduce themselves Monday, November 16 and will answer your questions for the rest of the week through Friday, November 20.

To participate, join VPhD if you haven’t already, then visit the STEM forum any time that week. Look for threads beginning with the word “Panel.” No special registration or sign-up for the panel discussion is required beyond simply joining the Versatile PhD community. Joining automatically gets you access to the discussion forum and therefore to the panel.

You can follow the discussion by email if you wish: once signed in, go to MyVPhD > Profile > Settings > Notifications: Forums, Jobs, & Other. All the choices are there for you: weekly digest, daily digest, or per post (every post sent to your inbox).

Anyone may join VPhD for free and enjoy this great web-based discussion. Invite friends!

Do you use Twitter? Please help us spread the word with this tweet:

#STEM PhDs: Careers in University Administration. Nov 16-20 on VPhD site. vphd.info/1OcIx2u

Careers in Publishing (Oct. 19-23, 2015)

The demand for written content has never been higher – yet the publishing industry is in a transitional state at best. Traditional modes of publication are declining as alternative modes are rapidly evolving. Some say it’s a dying industry; others say it is rising like a phoenix in surprising new forms. Should we be optimistic or pessimistic about a new PhD’s chances of entering and enjoying this field?

Join us October 19-23 in the Versatile PhD Humanities/Social Science Forum to find out, in a virtual panel discussion of Careers in Publishing. The panelists are all PhDs in humanities or social science disciplines with experience in academic publishing, trade publishing, or educational publishing. All of them look forward to sharing their experiences, discussing the field and answering your questions.

Panelists will introduce themselves Monday, October 19 and will take your questions for the rest of the week through Friday, October 23.

To participate, join VPhD if you haven’t already, then visit the Humanities/Social Science forum any time that week. Look for threads beginning with the word “Panel.” No special registration or sign-up is required beyond simply joining Versatile PhD.

You can follow the discussion by email if you wish: weekly digest, daily digest, or per post (every post sent to your inbox). Sign in, then follow this clickpath to notification settings: MyVPhD > Profile > Settings > Notifications: Forums, Jobs, & Other

Do you use Twitter? Spread the word with this tweet:

#Humanities/#SocialScience PhDs: Careers in #Publishing, Oct 19-23 on @VersatilePhD site. vphd.info/1jzqQwU