Category Archives: Learn with BP

Reframing Yourself as a Professional on Social Media

Rather than considering social media as a burden, as one more thing on your plate, this post will help you think of social media as a tool to leverage during the search for your next great career. Not only is the internet a great place to gather information about careers and employers, it’s also a…

Putting Your Transferable Skills to Use as a Project Manager

Traditionally, project management careers existed mostly in construction, but now they appear almost anywhere (e.g., the tech world, higher ed, government), and it’s a field that’s growing. The good news is you won’t require training to get started! As a PhD, you’ve already engaged in a number of tasks and developed skills that directly apply…

Roads to Policy Work: Strategies and Insights

In a recent panel, we heard from three PhDs who work in the field of policy and advocacy. Below are three of the strategies they used in their transition from academia to the nonprofit world. 1. Volunteering The panelists volunteered at nonprofit or government organizations to gain some expertise in the field of policy with…

Repackage Yourself to Make Your Pitch to Employers

When you start applying for non-academic jobs, it can feel a bit like entering a whole new universe. However, you might just need to change your language and identify the transferable skills you already have. While this can be a lot of work, it’s a necessary step before you dive head-first into the non-academic job…

Non-Academic Interviewing: Taking Back Agency

  In your career transition, you’ll have the opportunity for non-academic positions for, perhaps, the first time in a long time or the first time ever. The first step to success in this process is to move beyond the mindset that interviews are horrible and you’ll be judged. This, in fact, proves to be a…

How Do You Get Into Data Science? You’d Be Surprised

Our panelists work in varied contexts in the broadly defined field of data science. Joe Frank, who has a PhD in political science, works at Washington State University as Manager of HR Reporting and Compliance to report and improve on HR processes within the institution. Nick Gaylord, who has a humanities PhD in linguistics, works for…