Introduction to the Implementation Stage
Land your first job in your career field of interest

Implementation Course Thumbnails
  • Steps of your Career Transition to Complete at the Implementation Stage
  • The Goals of the Implementation Stage
  • Questions to Ask Yourself at the Implementation Stage
  • Important Considerations for PhDs in Career Transition
  • Next Steps to Take as you Make Your Career Transition
  • Strategies for Success at the Implementation Stage
  • Real-Life Examples of PhD Career Transitions
  • How This Course Will Help You

About this lesson

You’ve researched and evaluated your career options and started building a new network. Now, it’s time to get laser-focused on landing a job in one career field of interest.

During the next 3 to 6 months, you’ll spend time reading yourself into your chosen career field (by networking, taking online courses, listening to podcasts, and/or doing contract work), while you actively apply for jobs. It’s important that you balance your time networking, learning, and submitting applications.

And remember that most jobs are filled through networks and referrals. So, rather than randomly submitting resumes on LinkedIn or Indeed, focus on connecting with professionals who work in companies of interest. As jobs get posted at these companies, you’ll already have connections who can put in a good word for you with a hiring manager. Plus, your community will help guide you in finding certifications and gaining contract work. Best of all, they might be a referral for jobs and opportunities.

Watch this lesson to learn more about how to implement a laser-focused job search that will land you a career in your chosen career field.

Workbook Activities

This lesson covers pages 6-11 in the Implement a Proven Job Search Workbook. You can also use the Take Notes widget to complete these activities.  

  1. Now that you have made it to the Implementation Stage, you have decided on a career field of interest to pursue. Based on your research of this career field, have you identified any skills you need to build, or experience you need to gain to enter this career field? If so, how will you go about building those skills and gaining that experience?
  2. The Implementation Stage should take you approximately 6-9 months to complete. The first few months will involve reading yourself into this new career field, networking, and revising your LinkedIn profile and resume to align with this specific career field. Set SMART goals for the next 8 weeks to tackle these important tasks. At the end of the 8 weeks, review your goals, and revise or set new ones as you work through the course material.

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Introduction to the Implementation Stage

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