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Alt-Acs Must Get On LinkedIn

It used to be commonly accepted knowledge that academia and LinkedIn do not play nicely together. But those days are gone. While even academics need to get with LinkedIn, it is a MUST for all alt-acs to be on LinkedIn. Here’s the top 3 reasons why, and some resources to get you started.

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Who are your Mentors? And who are you mentoring?

I stumbled on an article about online learning that included an unexpected – but thought-provoking- point about career support. It served as a good reminder that mentors need to be mindful to offer their help to those who are online only (and not just exclusively to those who are physically present) and that all workers, women in particular, need more than one mentor at all times.

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Why Alt-Acs Need a Professional Blog

Having a professional blog – or portfolio of some sort – is a MUST for alt-acs. It not only serves as a lifeline back to your original academic training, but it also helps you share your expertise, demonstrate your transferable communications skills, and connect with even broader communities and impact audiences you wouldn’t reach from the ivory tower.

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A Critique of the Nature article that says a PhD isn’t for Everyone

Nature got a lot of backlash yesterday on Twitter about an article they shared. What Nature tweeted wasn’t the article’s premise. The article’s thrust is that there is a real need to provide more instructions about and require those considering graduate work to research career outcomes, challenges, and strongly consider whether a PhD really is right for them.
I agree. Every student – in every undergraduate major and grad program – needs more support and training in career options, how to research careers, and how to build a thriving career. No arguments there. But I do have things to say about the rest of the article’s points…

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