Studying for a doctorate is a big undertaking that requires a lot of research. Full-time doctoral studies can take 3-4 years, while part-time studies can take 6-7 years.
Here are some things you might want to consider before starting your PhD.
5 Things That Stop PhD Students From Finding Jobs
Starting a new career can be a confusing process, especially when starting out in a new industry. The path is particularly challenging for PhD graduates looking to transition into business. Because the worlds of science and business are very different. It is also the case that most universities offer little or no professional training to doctoral students. As a result, modern graduate students who are retiring from academia are thrown into the business world without thinking about how to find it. You’ll get some networking tips and be encouraged to keep sending resumes. But nothing happened. In fact, less than 40% of doctoral students will find a job in a company at the end of their studies or shortly after. And less than 20% of life science graduates will have a corporate job after graduation. The truth is that most graduate students will never get a job in business, even if they do everything right. The problem is that they also do the wrong things.
The key to starting a successful career in business is learning what not to do. Here are 5 things to avoid:
1. Network only with your competitors.
Discuss your PhD plans with your manager
It’s easier to work full time and get a PhD when you can discuss your situation with your manager.
Talk to your manager about your promotion plans. They may be willing to work with you to fit your work hours into your schedule. If you are taking work home often, you need to let them know that it is probably no longer possible.
Teach at your university
It is not uncommon for PhD students to have teaching or demonstration hours during their PhD to earn money and gain experience at their university or institution original research. Primary graduate student responsibilities include conducting undergraduate seminars, scoring assessments, and providing demonstrations or laboratory supervision. In some cases, graduate students may work as Teaching Assistants (TAs), taking on a more administrative role, being responsible for scheduling, teaching, email and grading. Our recommendation is that you ask your manager about matters, at least they know who to refer to.
Another way to increase your sales is to work as a tutor. In many cases, students, parents and individuals need support to learn and prepare for exams. This is usually a good opportunity for you, as a researcher on a particular topic, to leverage your niche and find clients that you are willing to pay to teach them. Here are some platforms that may help you:
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