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 […]

Your PhD Matters

Hey, I just want to tell you that… your PhD matters. Yes, it does matter. Who the $%&@# cares about my PhD? What am I achieving with it? Will my PhD mean anything for the world? I asked myself these questions every single day of that PhD. Do you ask yourself the same? Then keep reading… […]

Choose The First E-book for PhD Students

Tell Me the topic you want to read in my upcoming e-book for PhD students I am crafting my first (paid) e-book for PhD students. You might have seen a note on the sidebar of this site. And I want your feedback on exactly which kind of topic you want me to write for you. So […]

7 Step Guide To Changing University During Your PhD

Is changing university during your PhD a good idea? The first few months of your PhD are very intense. You start getting familiar with your subject and research the different topics in depth. You know the main authors in the field and even more important. You start enjoying what you do. At some point you […]

11 Non-Scientific Reasons To Do A PhD In The Netherlands

Looking for a place to do a PhD? Maybe doing a PhD in The Netherlands is more interesting than you thought. You have decided you want to do a PhD. It’s not all about the science. Of course you should carefully select the graduate school program. But it’s not only this. You should also enjoy […]

How To Successfully Start A PhD In A Different Field

Starting a PhD in a different field than your MSc can be tricky. Unless you know how to transition successfully between fields. Here’s the situation: you’ve received your bachelors (or even masters) degree in one subject and along the way discovered that your interests lay elsewhere or you would like to tackle a problem from […]

Leaving Academia: How To Get A Job In Industry After Your PhD

Getting a job in industry after your PhD is an honorable alternative to an academic career. Despite its appeal, many PhD students seem terrified to take the jump. I want to share with you the one thing you have to do if you want to successfully get a job in industry after your PhD. Warning […]

11 Alternative Careers For PhD Students

Considering alternative careers for PhD students? One of the most difficult decisions for any PhD student is whether or not to pursue a career in academia.  In order to make this decision, you first need to understand what other alternative careers for PhD students are out there. There was a time when most students pursuing a […]

How Science Outreach Saved My Academic Career

Science outreach is fun and a rewarding experience. But if you are looking for more measurable returns, there are not many. Many scientist see science outreach as a waste of time. Let me show you how I approached science outreach and got some definitive returns that helped me and my lab. When I joined Mount […]

Graduate School Advice Series: 10 Things You Should Know Before Starting A PhD

From a senior PhD student to a starting PhD student, this is the graduate school advice nobody will tell you but that you need to succeed and get your PhD title. We all join graduate school with rainbows and butterfly ideas in our minds. We will cure cancer, do research in interesting topics, learn a […]