Introduction to the Research Stage
Determine which career you'd like to try next

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  • The Goals of the Research Stage
  • How this Course Will Help You
  • Questions to Ask and Tools You Can Use at the Research Stage
  • How PhDs Make Career Transitions
  • What You’ll Learn in This Course
  • How to Decide What You’d Like to Try Next

About this lesson

In academia, you had to take time and do research in order to learn your field. The same thing is true of non-academic careers. Each professional career field is highly specialized, with its own discourses, theories, practices, and tools. You’ll need to spend time reading yourself into a new career field and building a community of professionals who can help you in your job search. But in spite of this fact, one of the biggest mistakes many PhDs make in their non-academic job searching is that they begin applying for jobs without doing much research.

The lessons in our Research Stage will help you avoid making this common mistake, and this lesson gives you an overview of this stage. From networking to writing a resume that highlights the skills employers are looking for, the lessons in our Research Stage will show you how to gather information about career fields that interest you. That way, as you move towards making an informed career decision, you can be confident that you’re speaking the language that employers in your chosen field want to hear.

Workbook Activities

This lesson covers pages 6-10 in the Evaluate Your Best Opportunities Workbook. You can also use the Take Notes widget to complete these activities.  

  1. The Research Stage builds on work you should have done in the Discovery Stage (Know Your Options). Go back and review your Optimal Career PathwayTM. What were your most marketable skills and your motivators? What did you identify as work people would pay you to do? If you have not done this work, take time now to identify your skills, your motivators, and what the world will pay you to do.
  2. The Research Stage should take you approximately 60 days to complete. How will your organize your time to complete this course in that time frame? Set SMART goals for the next 8 weeks.

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Introduction to the Research Stage

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Foundational Framework to Successful Career Transition

PhDs learn the step-by-step process of executing a successful job search—from job documents, to LinkedIn and the secret key to a successful career transition.

After completing this course, you’ll know how to recognize your worth in industry and confidently engage employers in any career sector. The clarity and confidence you’ll gain in your professional skills will serve you throughout your career.

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