The Secret PhD Productivity Strategy: Do Deep Work In Less Hours

The worst PhD productivity advice is to work long hours. This advice is shared by successful people in Academia, so it should be good advice,  shouldn’t it? They think they became successful thanks to hard work. I say they became successful despite their hard work. These people propose a brute force approach to PhD productivity. […]

5 Things Smart PhDs Leave Off Their Resume

Over 427,000 resumes are posted to Monster.com each week—that’s just one job website. Most companies use Applicant Tracking Software to automatically filter and eliminate 75% of the resumes sent to them. If your resume makes it to the desk of a hiring manager and recruiter, they will spend an average of just 5-7 seconds reading […]

9 Useless PhD Transferable Skills In An Industry Job

While some PhD transferable skills give you an edge, others are harmful for your employability. You hear a lot about the transferable skills you must acquire during your PhD experience. The skills that you need to get a job in industry and which will make you successful in your following career. The main idea here […]

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective PhD Students

I have lost a lot of time during my PhD. On the one hand I was wasting some time like everybody does, on the other hand, I was wasting time searching for the best tool to organize my time. Initially I thought that I was not using the right tools to manage my projects, tasks, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]