One thing you may have recognized – or learned from Charles Craik’s keynote if you are in the US. symposium – that tenure track science jobs are hard to come by. While academic research positions have always been considered the “standard” career path for PhDs in science, they are now considered anything but.
Instead, as Craik explained, there are many great career options for graduate students and graduate students are in high demand in a variety of fields, including law, communications, education and business.
Whenever you want to write or quote a doctor’s name, use Dr or PhD to indicate his title. But the Dr comes before and the doctorate will come after.
What are the admission conditions to the doctorate?
In order to be accepted on a doctoral program, students must generally have an advanced bachelor’s degree (2:1 and above) related to the field of research they wish to pursue. A doctoral student can also be expected to have a master’s degree, but this does not mean that you have to have one, as it is possible to register for a doctoral degree without a master’s degree.
Sometimes self-financed courses are more flexible in terms of entry requirements. Acceptance to a self-funded doctoral program with lower grades is possible, although these students generally demonstrate suitability for the position through work experience.
what does desperation look like
My first job interview was a nightmare. I put on an ill-fitting $75 suit with one of those heavy ties from the 90s and shoes that were a different shade of brown than my belt. I showed up and waited in the company lobby, going through a list of interview questions I pulled from the internet. I recited pre-recorded answers in my head and thought, “Okay, I’m ready for this test. I will get all the right answers. The receptionist called my name and led me back to a large office where three people were sitting. They started asking me basic questions and I answered like a robot. Then I waited for them to ask more questions. There was a lot of awkward silence, but I didn’t know why. I thought they had prepared more questions. Why were you waiting to talk to me? I somehow passed the interview and a week later I got a call with a really bad offer. The salary was almost double what I expected. But I took it anyway.
Because I was desperate.
Starting a new career can be a confusing process, especially when industries are changing. 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:
- Defending your thesis online: zoom call with new clothes
When you have a doctorate you can call yourself “Doktor” and put “Dr” in front of your name. Some people do it regularly, while others almost never do it. Mineke Bosch (Professor of Modern History at the University of Groningen) found that women use their titles less than men because they tend to be more modest about their achievements. “It is well known.” Philosopher Stine Jensen received a lot of backlash recently when she wrote, “I don’t usually use my title. I don’t think it’s necessary or it seems like I’m bragging. But then I heard an argument Professor Mineke Bosch was quite adamant. that women should do it anyway. Show them what you’ve got. Don’t make yourself any less.”