How To Do Ambitious PhD Research And Succeed

Should you go for ambitious PhD research at the risk of failing and not publishing? You know a PhD should consist of innovative research. As everything innovative, there is a risk of failing. It’s part of the game. But let’s admit it, who wants to spend 4+ years on a PhD and walk away with […]

Quit A PhD? How To Go From Lonely To Invincible PhD Student

Feeling like a lonely PhD student sucks. You can feel lonely in a PhD even if you are in a large research group. Feeling lonely is not exclusive of distance PhDs. The annoying thing is that people don’t seem to get it. Friends and relatives say it will pass, that it will get better. On […]

How to Make the Most Out of Being a PhD Introvert

There are two types of people – introverts and extroverts. According to different beliefs, being an extrovert is better as you’re open and easy-going which means establishing contacts with ease. But: Most PhD students are introverts. What shall you do in order to succeed while being an introvert? Let’s find it out! In fact, around 26-50% […]

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 […]