3 Emotions That Make You Quit Your PhD (And How To Address Them)

PhD students do lots of stupid things. But when Jon told me how he planned to end his PhD I was shocked. I could not believe that a grown man with so much brain power could come up with such stupid decision. It hadn’t been easy for Jon. As I guess it was not for […]

How To Engage An Audience Unfamiliar With Your Field

What kind of expert do YOU want to be? We don’t expect the average consumer of popular science to read Nature, if we expect them to read at all. The most we can hope for is that they binged Cosmos at some point and weren’t too hammered to remember it. We live in the so-called “information-age”. It […]

Why Nobody Responds To PhDs On LinkedIn

Two new people sign up to LinkedIn every second. Every. Second. This is according to a recent LinkedIn earnings report. A similar report showed that LinkedIn now has over 347 million users total. A report by Social Times shows that 94% of recruiters and hiring managers use LinkedIn to vet job candidates. As a comparison, only 65% use Facebook […]

7 Industry Careers For STEM PhDs

Most PhDs transition into an academic postdoc, even when they would rather transition into an industry position. They believe a postdoc is their only option. Their academic advisor and the entire academic system has led them to believe this is their only option. After all, a report by the Atlantic found that greater than 60% of PhDs […]

3 Ways You Will Fail At A Job In Industry After A PhD

Wrong expectations starting a job in industry after a PhD can lead to a huge disappointment. As many PhDs, you want to cross the bridge between Academia and industry, but do you know what it is like on the industry side? You have so many questions. What can I offer to industry? What does industry expect from PhD graduates? Will […]

5 Moronic Mistakes That Keep PhDs Stuck In Academia

A negative feedback loop exists in academia. Once you’re in the academic system, the system keeps you there by refusing to prepare you for anything else, including an industry job. You’re told over and over again that nothing else but staying in academia is respected. You’re told over and over again that you can’t do anything […]

23 Books That Fix 99% Of PhD Problems

You suffer some PhD problems. We all do. It’s not specific to you. And PhD problems come in many flavors. When somebody registers to the Next Scientist Newsletter, I ask them “Where are you struggling?”. These are some of the most common replies I get: My project proposal sucks. My supervisor sucks. My field of […]

How To Land A Job In Tech After A PhD (Even If You Cannot Install A Printer)

Near the end of your PhD you have doubts about our future career. You see things a bit too grey. It’s normal, completing a PhD takes a lot of effort and career steps are always uncertain. You ask ourselves questions about what to do next and to be honest, we all do. Stay or leave Academia? […]

16 Honest Hacks To Save $74,427 In Graduate School (And Still Enjoy Your Life)

Going to graduate school to do a PhD is absurdly expensive. In some countries you pay for it and when you finish you are the proud owner of a debt similar to that of a south European country. Some PhD graduates report being up to $225,000 in debt after their PhD. That’s insane!! In some other countries, […]

How To Know If You Should Leave Academia … Before Wasting Years In Postdocs

HINT: it isn’t “Do I want to be an academic?” HINT 2: read till the end of this post. There you will find an infographic with a summary of all you need to know. Gone are the days where you could do a PhD and be guaranteed a tenure track position.  Gone, too, are the […]