Your PhD Career Transition Story
Putting it All Together

  • Push Factors: Factors that are Pushing PhDs Out of Academia
  • Pull Factors: Factors that are Pulling PhDs Towards New Opportunities
  • The Purpose of a PhD Career Transition Story
  • What to Include and NOT Include in a PhD Career Transition Story
  • Sample Templates for a PhD Career Transition Story
  • How to Apply What You Have Learned in This Course

About this lesson

Over the next couple of weeks or months, you’ll be reaching out to a lot of different people to learn more about career pathways in the professional workforce. That means you’ll need to introduce yourself so that people understand who you are, where you’re going, and what you hope to do next.

A strong PhD career transition story is forward-looking; it should highlight who you are as a professional and where you’re hoping to go next. It should also be positive and focus on what you’ll gain by moving to the professional workforce instead of highlighting what you’ll lose by leaving academia. In your story, you’ll highlight your top marketable skills and your values and motivators.

This lesson will help you design a compelling career transition story that you can use on your LinkedIn profile and when you’re networking.

Workbook Activities

This lesson covers pages 42-44 in the Know Your Options Workbook. You can also use the Take Notes widget to complete these activities.  

  1. Identify your push and pull factors for leaving academia.
  2. Write a draft of your PhD career transition story, taking into consideration all of the strategies and tips discussed in the video.

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