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.
In today’s post, I’m going to answer a question that came into my inbox. It’s one we can ALL relate to. Once you’ve applied to a job, how long until I hear back from them? As you’ll see the answer varies, but here’s the process and timeline for me.
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.
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.
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…