Category Archives: Advice

What Do You Want Out of Life?

Leaving academia gives you the freedom to explore what you really wanted out of life, and what success means to you. Adriana Bankston, PhD Dr. Bankston earned her PhD in Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology from Emory University. She is currently a policy activist at the non-profit organization Future of Research.. Adriana Bankston, PhD Dr.…

Finding Fulfilment in Other Spaces

Finding fulfilment in ‘Other’ spaces

Often, the greatest contributor to success isn’t just recognizing a need but realizing that you are able to fill that need. Loriel Anderson, PhD Dr. Anderson earned her PhD in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Bristol. She is currently the Postgraduate Researcher Development Officer at the University of Bristol (UK). Loriel Anderson,…

Your Passions Should Be Your North Star

Your Passions Should Be Your North Star

When leaving academia, there are many different paths you can take. Follow your passions and set your own priorities. Let these guide you as you launch your next great career. Rachel Carmen Ceasar, PhD Dr. Ceasar earned her PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of California-Berkeley. She is the founder of Culture of Health…

Finding Interesting & Fulfilling Work Beyond Academia

There are many reasons why people decide to leave academia. Make the decision that is right for you. (And you’ll still be able to have an awesome, rewarding, career!) Abby Bajuniemi, PhD Dr. Bajuniemi is a Research and Experience Design consultant with a PhD in applied linguistics, specializing in language acquisition and sociolinguistics. She translates…

Maybe You’ve Already Found Your Next Great Career

Exploring what we love about our side-hustles or part-time work can help us identify career paths that suit us as much, or more, than a faculty career. Danielle Barkley, PhD Dr. Barkley earned her PhD in English Literature from McGill University. She currently works as a career development educator at the University of British Columbia.…

Dear PhDs: You do you

“Evaluate what you want and seek-out a path that you will help you get there.” By: Caitlyn Perry Dial, PhD Dr. Dial earned her PhD in Public History from Western Michigan University. She’s currently Executive Director of the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame. By: Caitlyn Perry Dial, PhD Dr. Dial earned her…

From Journalism to Academia to Advertising to …? 

Career transitions can take us to surprising places, if we’re open to exploring the possibilities. By: Brooke Edge, PhD Dr. Edge earned her PhD in Media Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. She’s currently Director of Research and Strategy at PriceWeber. By: Brooke Edge, PhD Dr. Edge earned her PhD in Media Studies from the University of Colorado…

Carry the Life of the Mind With You

There are many ways to pursue “the life of the mind.”  Find creative ways to pursue your intellectual interests. By: Emily Dufton, PhD  Dr. Dufton earned her PhD in American Studies from George Washington University. She’s currently an independent historian, freelance writer and editor, and book author. By: Emily Dufton, PhD Dr. Dufton earned her PhD in…