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 […]

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 […]

12 Habits To Reclaim Your Life When Writing A Dissertation

Do You Have To Feel Miserable During Dissertation Crunch Time? In the Spring of the 6th year of my doctoral program and I was finally able to schedule what I hoped would be my last thesis committee meeting. My committee consisted of three very busy professors and it was next to impossible to find a date and […]