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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

The Mid-PhD Crisis

Hi Hivemind, I'm currently enrolled in a PhD program for statistics and operations research, and in two more years I can grab that PhD. Alternatively, I can jump ship now with a MS, headed for the (inviting/inevitable) waters of industry. Knowing that I have no interest in staying in academia, give me some motivation to finish. Or, tell me to quit because actual work experience is more valuable! What roles should I be looking at other than Data Scientist? Would it be feasible to get a position doing private research, and would that be awesome? Bonus points if you can tell me what skills I should be cultivating to be hire-able (software engineering)? P.S. I will also do some more chatting with profs and former students to figure out how I should be directing myself, but I hope the HiveMind can provide some complementary ideas.
posted by zscore on Feb 16, 2014 - 11 answers

Need a mentor for the application process to Clinical Psych PhD programs

I am doing a post-bac program in Psychology and hoping to apply to a Clinical Psychology PhD program (I know that for practitioner focus, PsyD's are recommended but FUNDING IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME. I have already gone into ~$100K of debt to do this post bac program as a result of career change. If there are PsyD programs that provide funding I would be into that too. Just looking to shape a strategy here). I want to know how I can find a mentor who can give me good advice through this process because I'm kind of at a loss when thinking about and structuring my approach to applying. [more inside]
posted by bengalibelle on Jan 24, 2014 - 5 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

Therapist in midtown Manhattan? Software; life changes?

Are you/were you a software developer or PhD researcher who is or was having horrific career issues? Do you/did you really like your therapist? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Dec 16, 2013 - 2 answers

tech recruiter for a phd?

I'm lacking direction in my job hunt. Can you recommend a specific tech recruiter? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on May 28, 2013 - 5 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

Finished PhD; informally meeting with a prof in a different field?

Just got a PhD, don't have a new position lined up, meeting a prof, no obvious goal for conversation, have questions. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Apr 22, 2013 - 8 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

Looking out from the ivory tower

I am a 5th year PhD student in Pharmacology. In two years or less I (universe willing) will graduate, with a good handful of first author papers. I also have an MS in biochemistry and two years of lab manager/technician experience in a university setting. I want to know (exactly) what jobs are available to me post graduation that meet the following requirements: 1.) 45 hours a week or less; 2.) 65k a year or more; 3) health benefits and reasonable vacation time. Please respond with as much detail as possible.
posted by corn_bread on Mar 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Is there a good way to list an ABD instead of a PhD on a resume?

About a decade ago, I had a quarter-life crisis and decided to drop out of grad school in science... how do I deal with that now? [more inside]
posted by lostguy on Jan 31, 2013 - 18 answers

Research career post-PhD?

Defending and depositing my engineering dissertation by end of April. Strained relations with advisor and distant relations with committee. What next, and how? Please advise. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2013 - 10 answers

You mean *I* get a say in salary talk? Wha?

I was recently contacted by a recruiter and in the last month have been through several interviews, the last taking place today. Now, the recruiter's called to ask if I am ready to take the next step and has asked about my salary expectations. What? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2012 - 15 answers

So long, and thanks for all the genetically modified mice

What non-academic career paths are open to a freshly-minted biology PhD? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Jun 9, 2012 - 10 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

Good idea? Huge mistake?

I've been accepted to a PHD program at the University of Maryland's iSchool, and will likely be researching social media and social gaming for my dissertation. I'm excited, love the program, and can't wait to start publishing work as part of the academic community, however recent discussion on Metafilter, and a smaller living stipend than I expected, have me second guessing what I thought was a great opportunity. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Apr 6, 2012 - 13 answers

Just how common are abusive situations in academia? How do you survive and is it even worth it?

My girlfriend is 5 years in to a PhD program with an abusive (verbal, emotional, and mental) PI/lab. This seems to be a common theme in academia, just how common is it? How do you go about graduating if they seem to be working against you (assuming no fault on your part)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2012 - 12 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

What are you going to do with that?

What are some non-academic, non-science careers in which a PhD is a particularly desirable, even necessary, credential? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Dec 13, 2011 - 27 answers

I don't want to be a professor, I just want to be a lab tech who reads a lot.

Help me quit grad school. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 - 21 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

Graduate school woes.

Help me overcome my emotional immaturity which has crippled my academic course. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 24, 2011 - 6 answers

Life after PhD?

Is doing a neuroscience PhD useful to enhance my job prospects generally, not just in research? If I choose to leave science after graduating, what would a PhD get me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2011 - 12 answers

Good Life / Dissertation Coaches in LA?

Looking for life coach / dissertation coach recommendations in the Los Angeles area! Also: tips on how to use life/dissertation coaches most appreciated! [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Mar 6, 2011 - 2 answers

Should I quit my job to live abroad with my girlfriend who will be working on getting her PhD?

My girlfriend's company has offered to pay for her PhD. However, for one reason or another, they would like her to get it abroad (outside of the US). Should she accept? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by cad on Nov 15, 2010 - 39 answers

Should I do a biochemistry PhD?

Should I do a PhD with a view to a research career? I'm an undergraduate bioscientist in the UK, and I think science is awesome - is that enough? [more inside]
posted by teraspawn on Sep 1, 2010 - 12 answers

Is it worth it to get a M.S. or a Ph.D in Computer Science?

Is it worth it to get a M.S. or a Ph.D in Computer Science? What kinds of doors would they open? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo on Jul 23, 2010 - 23 answers

should a historian become an archivist? details inside

should a historian become an archivist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 24, 2010 - 5 answers

Journalist ponders life outside this sinking industry

I want to be a corporate litigator. Or a government economist. Or a geophysicist. Or corporate finance guru. Or something. Please held this 32-year-old journalist explore possible second career options. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Apr 12, 2010 - 30 answers

Math PhD with trouble getting academic job in US. What next?

I'm getting a PhD in math (very soon!) and having trouble getting a job. Help? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on Apr 12, 2010 - 31 answers

To MD or not to MD?

CrossroadsFilter. PhD or MD? I could invest an extra year into attending a one-year special master's degree program that, upon success, would pretty much guarantee admission into medical school. I'd be a 28-year-old first-year medical student. But what about babies? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2010 - 17 answers

What to do with my life

Please tell me how I can find out what to do with my life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2009 - 7 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

Work in the industry as a PhD or teach instead?

What starting salary can a recent graduate PhD in Mass Communication expect to make in the industry focusing on research (i.e., not teaching at a university)? [more inside]
posted by philrj on May 17, 2009 - 8 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

Part-time PhD, full-time work: is this a bad combination?

Part-time PhD, full-time work: has anyone tried to combine the two? What advice would you give to someone considering this? [more inside]
posted by Weng on Dec 17, 2008 - 19 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

Doctor or Doctorate? To-may-to, To-mah-to?

What does it take to be a doctor (MD)? And what does it take to be a doctor (PhD)? Torn about what path to pursue, [more inside]
posted by Eudaimonia on May 25, 2008 - 12 answers

Neuroscience + Computer Science = ????

What are my options for combining neuroscience and computer science in a graduate school setting? [more inside]
posted by mayfly wake on Nov 4, 2007 - 15 answers

Job for after grad school?

Looking for advice on a career change: History PhD program to ? [more inside]
posted by amber_dale on Apr 6, 2007 - 14 answers

To PhD or not to PhD

Should I go to graduate school to get my PhD in Computer Science? [more inside]
posted by zzztimbo on Sep 5, 2006 - 12 answers

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