“Careers in Higher Ed Development” October 20-24

College and universities depend on a variety of revenue streams. Raising funds to keep those streams flowing takes concerted effort from a team of full-time professionals, and it requires a skill set that many humanists and social scientists have.

There are proposals to write, campaigns to plan, funding sources to research, and (above all) alumni, foundations and other donors to engage and move to action. All of it makes higher ed development a good career choice for those who want to stay in higher education and contribute to the academic enterprise, but as staff rather than faculty.

Join us for the week of October 20-24 for a web-based panel discussion of “Careers in Higher Ed Development.” Several PhDs and ABDs currently working in this field will be with us in the Humanities forum to describe their work in areas such as Development Writing, Prospect Research, Major Gifts, Corporate and Foundation Relations, and Alumni Communications. Panelists will introduce themselves Monday October 20 and answer your questions for the rest of the week, through Friday October 24.

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 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 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:

Higher Ed Development as career for hum/soc sci PhDs: 10/20-24 in Humanities forum on VPhD site. vphd.info/1oxarFd

“Subject Matter Consulting” Sept. 22-29, 2014

What do you think of when you hear the word “consulting”? Maybe you think “management consulting” and imagine you would have to learn a huge amount about business to get into that field. But did you know that some PhDs and ABDs have gone into consulting, part-time or full-time, based on their existing subject matter knowledge which they developed during their academic careers? Given the right match between subject matter and industry need, it can be done.

To explore this interesting career idea, Versatile PhD will hold two simultaneous panel discussions on “Subject Matter Consulting” – humanities and social science specialists in the Humanities forum, scientists and engineers in the STEM forum. Panelists are all PhD or ABD with significant experience as subject matter consultants, either as independents, as employees of consulting firms, or as internal consultants within an organization.

Panel discussions will be supplemented by a whole week’s worth of tweets related to subject matter consulting. Something for everyone!  Come see whether your own research might plausibly relate to some industry need.

To participate, register on VPhD if you haven’t already, then visit either Versatile PhD Forum anytime that week and look for threads beginning with the word “Panel.” You can even receive posts by email: Log in, go to MyVPhD and click Notifications. All the choices are there for you: weekly digest, daily digest, or every posting in the forums.

Note: these panel discussions are extended through Monday the 29th to accommodate Rosh Hashana. Those who observe that holiday should participate early in the week, then return over the weekend to read the rest of it and ask any final questions. Panelists will return on Monday 9/29 to answer.

Not a VPhD member? Anyone may register on 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:

Subject Matter Consulting for PhDs | all disciplines | 9/22-29 | Q&A all week vphd.info/1sHSgPM Pls RT

 

“Careers in Data Science” panel discussion June 9-13

You’ve probably heard the phrase “Big Data” – the crunching of giant data sets to develop new insights that were not possible before. Data Scientists are employed in all types of organizations: government agencies, private companies, non-profits – and many of them are PhDs. If you have experience analyzing large quantitative data sets, designing and administering databases, and/or developing coding for data analysis, you could conceivably become a Data Scientist.

Free online panel discussion: “Careers in Data Science”
Monday June 9 – Friday June 13
Relevant to all STEM disciplines
Takes place in STEM Forum on Versatile PhD website
Asynchronous format; read and participate anytime during the week

This free online panel discussion features several STEM PhDs who have become data scientists since leaving the academy. Panelists will introduce themselves on Monday June 9 and answer your questions for the rest of the week.

To participate, register on VPhD if you haven’t already, then visit the Versatile PhD STEM Forum anytime that week and look for threads beginning with the word “Panel.” You can even receive posts by email: Log in, go to MyVPhD and click Notifications. All the choices are there for you: weekly digest, daily digest, or every posting in the STEM forum.

Not a VPhD member? Anyone may register on 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:
Careers in Data Science | 6/9-13 | Q&A all week vphd.info/1hCPVPQ Pls RT

“Careers in Social Media” panel discussion March 10-14

Like social media? Can’t pry yourself away from Facebook and Twitter? Maybe there’s a career in it for you. Most organizations, be they businesses, nonprofits, universities, or even government agencies, now use social media to attract their audiences and advance their missions. “Social Media Manager” and similar titles are becoming increasingly common across all sectors – and the humanities/social science skill set is a darn good match for some of those jobs.

Free online panel discussion: “Careers in Social Media”
Monday March 10 – Friday March 14
Relevant to all humanities and social science disciplines
Takes place in Humanities Forum on Versatile PhD website
Asynchronous format; read and participate anytime during the week

This free online panel discussion features several humanities and social science PhDs and/or ABDs who have become social media professionals since leaving the academy. Panelists will introduce themselves on Monday March 10 and answer your questions for the rest of the week.

To participate, register on VPhD if you haven’t already, then visit the Versatile PhD Humanities Forum anytime that week and look for threads beginning with the word “Panel.” You can even receive posts by email: Log in, go to MyVPhD and click Notifications. All the choices are there for you.

Not a VPhD member? Anyone may register on VPhD for free and enjoy this great web-based discussion. Invite friends.

Already using Twitter? Please help us spread the word:
Social Media Careers for Humanities/SocSci PhDs | 3/10-14 | Q&A all week  vphd.info/1fmRTFC Pls RT

“Careers in Finance for STEM PhDs” panel discussion February 10-14

There are many roles for science and math PhDs in the finance industry, a broad category that includes banking, investing, real estate, insurance and other finance-related fields. Quantitative analysis, risk assessment, model-testing, etc. are critical to all finance industry endeavors. Many STEM PhDs (not just mathematicians) have enough of those skills to enter the field.

Free online panel discussion: “Careers in Finance for STEM PhDs”
Monday February 10 – Friday February 14
Relevant to all STEM disciplines
Takes place in STEM Forum on Versatile PhD website
Asynchronous format; read and participate anytime during the week

This free online panel discussion features several STEM PhDs and/or ABDs who have successfully entered the finance industry. Panelists will introduce themselves on Monday, February 10 and answer your questions for the rest of the week. If you have even a casual interest in economics or currencies or investing or just how money works in general, this might be an interesting field to consider.

To participate, register on VPhD if you haven’t already, then visit the Versatile PhD STEM Forum any time that week and look for threads beginning with the word “Panel.” You can even receive posts by email: Log in, go to MyVPhD and click Notifications. All the choices are there for you.

Not a VPhD member? Anyone may register on 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:
Careers in Finance for STEM PhDs | 2/10-14 | Q&A all week  vphd.info/19Zi45w Pls RT

“Careers in Finance for Humanities and Social Science PhDs” panel discussion January 20-24, 2014

Little known fact: there are many roles for humanists and social scientists in the finance industry, a broad category that includes banking, investing, real estate, insurance and other finance-related fields.

Free online panel discussion: “Careers in Finance for Humanities and Social Science PhDs”
Monday January 20 – Friday January 24
Relevant to all humanities and social science disciplines
Takes place in Humanities Forum on Versatile PhD website
Asynchronous format; read and participate anytime during that week

This free online panel discussion features several Humanities and Social Science PhDs and/or ABDs who have successfully entered the finance industry. Panelists will introduce themselves on Monday January 20 and answer your questions for the rest of the week. If you have even a casual interest in economics or currencies or investing or just how money works in general, this might be an interesting field to consider.

To participate, register on VPhD if you haven’t already, then visit the Versatile PhD Humanities Forum anytime that week and look for threads beginning with the word “Panel.”  You can even receive posts by email: Log in, go to MyVPhD and click Notifications. All the choices are there for you.

Not a VPhD member?  Anyone may register on 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:
Careers in Finance for Humanists and Social Scientists | 1/20-24 | Q&A all week vphd.info/1gSHzHW Pls RT

“Industry for Life Scientists” panel discussion Nov. 18-22!

Life Science PhDs can play many roles in industry, and “industry” means more than just Pharma.  This asynchronous online panel discussion allows you to meet life science PhDs working in different sectors in different roles, both at the bench and away from the bench.

Free online panel discussion: “Industry for Life Scientists”
Monday November 18 – Friday November 22
Relevant to Life Science disciplines
Takes place in the STEM Forum on versatilephd.com
Asynchronous format; participate anytime during the week

 

Panelists introduce themselves Monday November 18th and answer your questions for the rest of the week.  To participate, register on VPhD if you haven’t already, then visit the Versatile PhD STEM Forum anytime that week and look for threads beginning with the word “Panel.”  You can even receive posts by email: Log in, go to MyVPhD and click Notifications. All the choices are there for you.

Not a VPhD member?  Anyone may register on 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:
Life Science Careers in Industry| 11/18-22 | Q&A all week versatilephd.com Pls RT