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

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

Careers in Technology Transfer (Sept. 14-18, 2015)

New technologies are developed in many different settings: universities, but also hospitals, industry and government labs. Technology Transfer is exporting technologies from any one setting to a different setting. For example, a technology may be transferred from a university to industry, thus becoming “commercialized” in the process; it can also be transferred without being commercialized (for example, from a government lab to a developing country).

Regardless of the start and end points, tech transfer always involves identifying key aspects of a given technology and arranging for the many legal, financial and intellectual property negotiations surrounding the transfer. Technology Transfer is therefore a great field for PhDs. Many PhDs work in this field sorting through new technologies, identifying opportunities for transfer, and assisting throughout the transfer process. Join us September 14-18 in the Versatile PhD STEM Forum for a panel discussion of Careers in Technology Transfer.

The panelists are PhDs in various STEM disciplines who have gone into this fascinating field and now work in settings ranging from universities to industry to hospitals to government labs. Some of our panelists are relatively new to tech transfer; others have been in the field for a long time. All are satisfied by their careers and look forward to sharing about their work and answering your questions.

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

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!
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#STEM PhDs: Careers in #Tech Transfer. Sept 14-18 on VPhD site. vphd.info/1XbpRm9

Networking and Building Relationships

If you’re currently associated with a subscribing institution, and you want to learn how to network outside of your academic circles, you can and should use two Versatile PhD features: Hiring Success Stories, and Power Search.

Hiring Success Stories are complete dossiers of winning application documents that got real PhDs real nonacademic jobs. You’ve probably seen them on the right side of all of the pages in the PhD Career Finder:

hiring success storiesEach one consists of all the key documents (resume, cover letter, etc.), and importantly, a first-person narrative analysis explaining exactly how the person got hired. If networking played a role in the hire, the narrative will describe how.

(If you’re signed in but are blocked from accessing a Hiring Success Story or the Power Search feature, it means you need to pass through your institution’s authentication portal to reinstate your access upgrade. Find your institution’s portal on this list and authenticate yourself as directed. Word of warning: not all of our partner institutions subscribe to both the Humanities/Social Science content and the STEM content. The list at that link shows what’s available to you.)

Many of the hiring successes described in the VPhD collection involved networking at some level. As you review them, you’ll find many examples that hinge on networking. You will be amazed at the variety of people and relationships that can play into a hire: friends, neighbors, fellow students, even random guests at birthday parties. In some cases, the successful applicant was lucky and succeeded despite not having a conscious plan for networking; in other cases, the person was extremely strategic about it, choosing which events to attend and which people to informational interview.

In addition to the content, there is a feature on VPhD that can be extremely helpful where networking is concerned: Power Search. For users who have validated their connection to a subscribing institution, in the Member Directory there is a yellow Power Search button prominently placed near the top of the page.search buttonsClick on Power Search and you will see a search form that allows you to search for VPhD members meeting multiple criteria at once.  For example, historians working in the nonprofit sector in Chicago, or life scientists working in industry in San Francisco.

Why is that so great? Because those people make excellent informational interviewees! The folks who pop up in Power Search results are all Versatile PhD members, meaning they have all gone through the same transition you’re going through (or are thinking about), and would probably be glad to connect with you. Don’t be concerned about whether the person attended your institution. It doesn’t matter. VPhD members are generally happy to help regardless of institutional affiliation. The most important factor: is the person in a field you want to enter? If so, definitely contact them. Members can be contacted by private message on VPhD. And the same applies to Hiring Success Story authors, Career Autobiography authors, and Panel Discussion members!

Bottom line: The narratives in the Hiring Success Stories contain a treasure trove of specific networking examples and can be very inspiring, and the Power Search feature provides instant access to fantastic people who can help you.

Careers in Marketing for STEM PhDs (June 8-12, 2015)

Products and services with science at their core need to be marketed, and scientists are an important part of that process. They make sure the science is right, the best possible story is being told, and the audience’s needs and priorities are well understood.

This discussion will feature STEM PhDs who have gone into diverse roles within Marketing. Some work for marketing or advertising agencies; others work for one company as in-house marketing specialists. The panel includes a Market Insight Manager at a health insurance company, a Marketing Development Manager at Eastman Kodak, a Data Scientist at a marketing agency, an Associate Medical Director at a pharmaceutical marketing agency, and a high-level manager at a global research company who has a great deal of marketing responsibility. All are looking forward to telling you their stories and answering your questions.

Panelists will introduce themselves Monday, June 8 and will take your questions for the rest of the week through Friday, June 12.

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!

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#STEM PhDs: Careers in #Marketing. June 8-12 on VPhD site. vphd.info/1ciGLLQ

Careers in Informal Science Education (February 23-27, 2015)

Science is about the process of discovery – yet the discoveries made in the lab are not the only kinds of discoveries that matter. Every time a person goes to a science museum, takes a hike and observes nature, or wants to learn something about science for some reason (e.g. how should I eat to avoid diabetes?), they are moving toward personal scientific discoveries of their own.

Many trained scientists find those everyday personal discoveries so exciting that they leave the bench and focus entirely on helping non-scientists get turned on by science. Their profession is called Informal Science Education (ISE) and it takes place in non-classroom settings: museums, science centers, and more. It’s voluntary – the learners want to be there – and is driven by human curiosity.

Join us for the week of February 23-27 for an asynchronous, web-based panel discussion of Careers in Informal Science Education. This panel discussion will feature a group of STEM PhDs who have gone into ISE in various different settings, from science centers to nonprofits to government agencies. Some are involved in educating science teachers as well. Panelists will introduce themselves Monday, February 23 and will answer your questions for the rest of the week through Friday, February 27.

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. Joining automatically gets you access to the discussion forum and the panel.

You can follow the discussion by email, too. Once you’ve joined, log in, go to MyVPhD > Profile > Settings. 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!

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#STEM PhDs: Careers in Informal Science Education. Feb 23-27 on VPhD site. vphd.info/1yeEu9i

Careers in Technology for Humanities and Social Science PhDs, Jan. 26-30, 2015

Let’s kill the cliche that humanists and social scientists can’t have or don’t want careers in technology. Technology is everywhere, and with its seemingly endless expansion, so too has opportunity expanded, for people with many different knowledge bases and skill sets. Humanists and social scientists who enjoy technology may be able to wedge themselves in and build a very interesting career centered on technology.

Join us for the week of January 26-30 for an asynchronous, web-based panel discussion of Careers in Technology for Humanities and Social Science PhDs. This panel discussion will feature a group of H/SS PhDs who have bootstrapped their way into technology careers and now play diverse technology-centered roles in a wide variety of organizations. Either they are working in overtly technological companies, or in technology-centered roles within other types of organizations. Panelists will introduce themselves Monday, January 26 and will answer your questions for the rest of the week through Friday, January 30.

To participate, join VPhD if you haven’t already, then visit the Humanities 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 you’ve joined, log 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!

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Careers in Technology for Humanities and Social Science PhDs, 1/26-30 on VPhD site. vphd.info/1uXsZQW Pls RT

Careers in Government Research November 17-21

STEM students and postdocs: do you love doing research, but don’t necessarily need to do it in an academic environment? Maybe you’ve thought about industry but either it doesn’t appeal to you, or you are curious about what other options may exist. How about doing research for a government agency? Government agencies employ PhDs as research scientists in most STEM disciplines, both at the state/province and national level. In fact, you may be surprised to learn which kinds of scientists can be employed by which agencies.

Join us for the week of November 17-21 for an asynchronous, web-based panel discussion of Careers in Government Research. Several PhDs and ABDs currently working as researchers in government settings will be with us in the STEM forum to describe their work in agencies such as NASA, EPA, US Air Force, US Geological Survey, California Department of Water and Resources, and Health Canada. Panelists will introduce themselves Monday, November 17 and answer your questions for the rest of the week through Friday, November 21.

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 is required beyond joining the Versatile PhD community. You automatically get access to the forum and the panel.

You can follow the discussion by email if you wish: once you’ve joined, log 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!

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Government Research as career for #STEM PhDs: 11/17-21, in STEM forum on VPhD site. vphd.info/1wuiw28 Pls RT