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Non-academic career options for PhDs?

My partner is finishing a PhD in a social science next year and is unsure about staying in academia. Have any MeFites been in a similar position? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Apr 6, 2014 - 11 answers

Should I go to professional graduate school?

I got into graduate school! But without funding. But it's for a professional degree, a master's in speech pathology. How can I decide? [more inside]
posted by Aranquis on Mar 3, 2014 - 22 answers

From ABD to MD

Leaving academia and going into medicine: when to jump ship? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Jan 12, 2014 - 15 answers

Applied Stats vs. Biostats

How flexible is a master's degree in biostatistics compared to one in applied statistics? Is this even what I want to do? [more inside]
posted by Comet Bug on Oct 4, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me figure out a career/educational path

I'm current at my first job out of school and have been here almost two years now. It hasn't been what I expected, and sadly, not in a positive way. It's a very niche field with limited cross-applications and, frankly, I have no interest in delving deeper into it. It's definitely time for a job, if not career, change. My dissatisfaction with my current circumstances, however, still leaves me with a myriad of other options that I'm having trouble narrowing down and I'd appreciate it if people could weigh in a bit and maybe resolve this analysis paralysis I'm having. [more inside]
posted by ndr on Aug 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Help, I’m in My Twenties and I Can't Get Out

After graduating into the recession in 2009 with a B.A. in neuroscience and English I spent the first couple of years of my post-college life just trying to get by rather than focusing on “What I Want To Do With My Life” or pursuing grad school or a career. Now that I’ve had a few years of job stability and the economic freedom to do something different, what should I start doing with my life? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Jul 29, 2013 - 7 answers

Advice for applying to grad school and coming up with a backup plan.

I need to figure out what I'll do if I don't get in. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Jul 16, 2013 - 8 answers

What direction should/can my life take now?

This one might be a doozy. So, I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( this May) with a B.A. in psychology and no idea what to do with my life. ( Original, I know, but bear with me, it gets better.) Everyone around me seems to have what are at least well-outlined 5 year plans, oriented around either grad school or a great entry level job. Certain circumstances in my life though seem to leave me with a vision of the future that doesn't extend far beyond the living room couch and daytime TV for the next 10 years and that frightens me to no end. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jul 6, 2013 - 35 answers

Do you have advice for an MPP student ISO research position job?

I'm starting graduate school in the fall: yay! I need to learn an entirely new set of norms around interviews, resumes, etc: oh no! I have a meeting set up with the head of a research institute where I'd LOVE to work there while I'm studying. What do I say? What's OK to ask for? [more inside]
posted by blandcamp on May 13, 2013 - 3 answers

Rebuilding shattered self-confidence after grad school?

So, now I've got a PhD. But I'm crippled by zero self-confidence as I start applying to industry jobs. Did you rebuild your self-confidence after a PhD? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on May 9, 2013 - 17 answers

PhD dropout

I'm dropping out of a PhD program in a social science with only a masters degree. I need a real job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2013 - 15 answers

Yet another financial advice question

I need some advice about career plans, graduate studies and whether to rent or to own. Mostly in the financial context but also, of the bigger picture view -- am I being overly optimistic, am I too focused on career? [more inside]
posted by table on Dec 31, 2012 - 9 answers

Am I doing the wrong thing here?

Science grad school application filter: I have informally (but explicitly) accepted a graduate assistant position (in conservation biology) at my current undergraduate institution. I am now having second thoughts and am wondering what, if anything, I should do about it. Help me, Hive Mind! I don't know what to do! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Living with post-recession stress disorder

I've landed in a dead-end job, but it's hard for me to overcome my anxiety about retraining or changing the direction of my career. How should I perform an objective, reasonable risk-reward analysis in the face of imperfect options and information? [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Oct 28, 2012 - 16 answers

Career Choice: Information Architecture or Public Health Evaluation?

Which field should I pursue--information architecture or public health program evaluation? Two very different directions, and I'm not sure how to decide between them for graduate school and my career path. [more inside]
posted by oiseau on Aug 26, 2012 - 5 answers

Is a Master's in Public Policy something I want to do?

What sort of entry-level type jobs can I look for now to help me figure out if a Master’s in Public Policy is something I want to pursue? [more inside]
posted by Shesthefastest on Jul 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me plan my next steps after graduating with a degree in biology!

Help me plan my next steps after graduating with a degree in biology! [more inside]
posted by gumtree on May 24, 2012 - 4 answers

Make me less of an academic island!

I'm a PhD student, and I'd like to do more academic networking over email. How does this work, and what should the emails sound like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2012 - 14 answers

From grad student to ... marketing-type-guy?

[Asking for a colleague filter] Marketing people, how do I jump from academia into your world? [more inside]
posted by MouseOfHouseofAnony on May 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Talk me into becoming a speech pathologist.

Talk me into becoming a speech pathologist (Work-to-Live version) [more inside]
posted by sureshot on Feb 27, 2012 - 10 answers

What are some non-academic jobs in the social sciences?

Non-academic careers/jobs in the social sciences? [more inside]
posted by asnider on Feb 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Just quit my job… how do I not waste 9 months of autonomy?

I just quit my job to pursue my dream of making things…and I now have 9 months of unplanned time to use. How the hell do I not waste it? (a part of me wants to go all indiana jones, but i'm not sure that's a viable option) [more inside]
posted by tarthur on Dec 24, 2011 - 11 answers

How can I get into Biotech Grad School after working for 5 years?

I'd like to apply to grad schools for biotechnology after spending 5 years working in Pharma quality and I'd like advice on actually getting into one and how to find the right fit for me. [more inside]
posted by Kalmya on Jul 26, 2011 - 2 answers

Career for someone with a background in earth sciences?

Looking for advice on possible careers post-grad school with earth sciences training. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2011 - 6 answers

How can I overcome my fear of self-promotion?

How can I get better at promoting myself and my work, without dwelling on my failures or fearing I'll be judged? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Apr 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Lost cause?

What's life like after journalism? [more inside]
posted by DeWalt_Russ on Jan 29, 2011 - 14 answers

How to get letters of recommendation for a grad program in a totally different field?

How do you get letters of recommendation for a grad school program totally different from your undergraduate discipline? [more inside]
posted by sureshot on Sep 23, 2010 - 6 answers

What's the deal with GIS these days?

So I'm really excited about the possibility of working in Geographic Information Systems - please help me get a sense of the lay of the land. [more inside]
posted by geneva uswazi on Sep 3, 2010 - 11 answers

YANMT, but I can't afford a therapist so you'll have to do.

QuarterLifeCrisisFilter: I've been thinking about my future career and considering going to grad school. I only have a vague idea of what I might like to study, but I know I want an advanced degree (preferably sooner rather than later). Is this a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by funfetti on Jul 13, 2010 - 25 answers

The area under the curve of the obesity epidemic is my future?

Help me find a career path or course of study that combines the topic I'm interested in (obesity and public health) with the methods I enjoy (applied math and computer science). [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Jul 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Career change, grad school, debt, and you. I mean me.

I am a web developer with decent abilities but a growing frustration with the work. I have identified an area that I would like to pursue - Human-Computer Interaction. I've been struggling with how to proceed with what seems like the inevitable next step in my working life and I'm hoping MeFi can be my surrogate mentor. I'd like to ask anon for employer-related reasons, which means more information than you may require inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2010 - 4 answers

How's the water down there? I'm thinking of jumping ship.

I am currently doing well in a great PhD program, but I'm thinking of a major change. Please give me your perspectives on the decisions I'm facing! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2010 - 8 answers

Medical school choice.. going for best fit or best finances?

Accepted at multiple medical schools. Now facing the choice of which one to attend and how to weigh the different price tags. If you are in med school now or have made it through to the other side, what factors do you recommend considering? How much debt is reasonable and has it impacted your career? (a little more info after the jump) [more inside]
posted by newlyminted on Apr 15, 2010 - 9 answers

How to choose a grad school while balancing loans, career paths, and a serious relationship?

Do I go to grad school, and if so, where? Struggling with the best approach to the decision-making process. [more inside]
posted by pants on Apr 5, 2010 - 15 answers

I work with words, not numbers!

Deal or no deal with my future: should I take the money I'm offered, or risk it for a better grant? [more inside]
posted by Bergamot on Jan 20, 2010 - 18 answers

Quit or Fail: How to pick up the pieces after academic and PhD abandonment?

How have you reconciled failure vs. quitting? How have you managed to pick up the pieces of your most passionate undertaking after dropping it? Is the desire to reinvent myself and undertake a new passion/direction just a mechanism to hide the pain of giving up? [more inside]
posted by Gaeacon on Nov 24, 2009 - 7 answers

What do I do next?

I feel like I really need to decide between pursuing two career paths that each have their own advantages. I feel like I could be happy or unhappy in either one. I've been putting off the decision essentially for 5+ years now, and it's finally coming to a head. I need advice, coin flips, anecdotes, flowcharts, whatever you've got. Hope me break this down, mefi. [more inside]
posted by !Jim on Sep 17, 2009 - 13 answers

What are some good interdisciplinary grad programs in the environmental sciences?

I want to develop a strong technical background in environmental issues, but don't want to leave the social sciences - my first passion and the thing in which I know I have actual talent - behind. What are some grad programs that will suit me? [more inside]
posted by geneva uswazi on Aug 24, 2009 - 7 answers

Not looking to be Indiana Jones, but George Reisner would be OK.

Are you, or is someone you know well, a practicing archaeologist? Yes? Come on in; I have some questions for you. [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Aug 24, 2009 - 11 answers

How can I get a non-TT research gig?

What can I do to get a researcher position? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2009 - 2 answers

More debt please!

I don't want to pursue a career in the field for which I received my degree. Help guide my search for a grad school field. [more inside]
posted by Team of Scientists on Jun 17, 2009 - 11 answers

Help me be a teacher

Help me make a career move. Do I want to be a high school or college teacher? [more inside]
posted by mikelly on Jun 10, 2009 - 18 answers

Can I have teaching cake and eat it too?

Planning on a master's in teaching, but professors keep pushing me in the direction of a PhD. I'd like to get a doctorate one day, I'm just not so sure it's a good idea right now. Am I missing something? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Apr 4, 2009 - 34 answers

Life after dropping out of grad school?

So I finally did it - I dropped out of my PhD. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2009 - 14 answers

Where are some places that a social scientist with a PhD can go to work?

Where are some places that a social scientist with a PhD can go to work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2009 - 11 answers

How do I repair my relationship with my job reference?

My grad school professor would be an important job reference, but I screwed up our relationship. How do I repair it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2009 - 17 answers

Pre-law school books?

What books should I buy while applying to law school? I want to decide which school and area of concentration are best for me, and learn more about the law school experience as well. [more inside]
posted by xanthippe on Jan 6, 2009 - 22 answers

Why am I getting a PhD?

Why am I getting a PhD? [more inside]
posted by Weng on Oct 6, 2008 - 11 answers

How can an older student without a psychology background get into a psychology PhD program?

As a (somewhat) older student, how can I best prepare to get into a clinical psychology PhD program? [more inside]
posted by sobriquet on Sep 27, 2008 - 7 answers

How to evaluate and apply to public health graduate programs, when my own career goals are so difficult to pin down?

How to evaluate and apply to public health graduate programs, when my own career goals are so difficult to pin down? I find it difficult to choose a topical area of interest (i.e. substance abuse), a specialization (substance abuse government policies, the epidemiology of substance abuse, community education and prevention of substance abuse), and a general career track (professional vs academic). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2008 - 6 answers

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