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Thread: No job after 3 years of PhD. My options are?

25-Dec-18, 19:07
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You are not alone. I have a PhD in the Life Sciences with several publications (coupled to student loan debt). I taught classes, but also needed to supplement income and rationalized that I would find a job after graduation to pay off debt). Two years later and 200+ job applications later......nothing. I have also taught as an adjunct at community college. Many of my friends with a PhD are in the same situation, except for those whom participated in industry internships during their PhD. I recently went to a conference full of UC Berkeley PhD students (Beyond Academia conference) concerned about how to get a job after graduation. I took away that personal connection is 85% important, matching keywords in job description (there is an algorithm that weeds out majority of resumes if they do not have keywords) is also important. I then paid (on credit cards) to attend conferences in order to network. These were great experiences, but did not lead to positions. Currently, I am a high school substitute teacher. I would love to work in a laboratory; however, I am scared that after two years of teaching, the chances are slimmer. Hang in there, there are many of us and you are NOT alone!
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