Getting a PhD doesn't guarantee an academic job. In fact, over half of PhD holders worldwide leave Academia.
Maybe you’re doing your PhD and wondering what’s next. Maybe you’ve just Phinished and are struggling to find an academic job. Maybe you’ve been piecing together a full-time wage by teaching one-off modules in several universities at the same time – with no guarantees that you’ll keep the jobs next year! Either way, it’s exhausting, and you’re looking for ways to…
Learn about careers beyond academia
Figure out how your skills translate to non-academic jobs
Open up your mind to possibilities
UNLEASH YOUR PHD is about just that:
In 5 days we will help you unleash your PhD superpower and figure out what’s next.
Did you know that...
most doctoral students do not aspire to pursue academic careers, yet ‘alternative’ careers are discouraged by faculty?
many PhDs have little knowledge of career paths beyond ‘professor’ and ‘industry researcher’?
most PhDs have little conception of what their future work life might look like?
it's time to explore the world beyond academia.
MEET YOUR HOSTS
Louise Elali, future PhD
Louise is a doctoral researcher at the University of Sussex (UK). She has held both academic roles and industry jobs alongside her PhD studies. Originally from Brazil, she has lived, studied and worked in seven countries. Her background is in Communications and Psychology, and her current degree is in Digital Media.
She shares her PhD journey, SciComm tips, research-inspired art and her love of chocolate as PhDoer on Instagram.
When & Where
Unleash Your PhD is an online event and will run on 25-29 October 2021.
Presentations will run about 30 minutes each and will be available for 24 hours.
You will have the opportunity to win exciting prizes during the week of the event. More details coming soon.
You can purchase the Unleasher Power Pack for extended access to the presentations plus loads of extra resources!
Not Your Average Career Advice
There are lots of different ways to get career advice – including the careers resources at your own university. But you know as well as we do that most of these resources are heavily catering to the needs of undergraduates. We know because we’ve tried to take advantage of them, and they fell short.
This event is different because it was created for PhDs by PhDs.
Produced by a current Post-Doc and a current PhD student, this event was created with PhDs in mind from inception. We couldn’t find the resources we wanted, so we created our own. Forget about the generic CV or interview advice. Let’s focus on what PhDs need to take the leap from academia into the vast world beyond.
The awesome people who will inspire you to take control of your career.
Dr Kelly Phelan
Ready, Set, GO!: Strategically planning your post-academic career
Dr Ilyas Sagar
Deciding what to do after finishing your PhD
Social entrepreneurship: Using your PhD for good
Dr Rowena Winkler
Translating your CV: How to make yourself marketable outside of academia
Dr Melanie Bruce
Creating a life you love with entrepreneurship
Dr Sophie Milbourne
What does a career in scicomm look like?
Creating an aligned life, career and business
Dr Vay Cao
Informational interviewing: how to network your way to a job
Dr Gary McDowell
It’s not you - it’s them: A critical look at academic workforce issues
How to use the transferable skills you developed during your doctorate to land your dream job in industry
Dr Renske de Leeuw
Identity change: My journey from researcher to a coach
Dr Eric James Stephens
Translating academic value for LinkedIn
Dr Caitlin Faas
How to get out of your own way so you can pursue those dreams
Creating a 3-page starter website
Dr Louise Williams
You don't need academia to teach, mentor, and make the Big Bucks
The broke and unskilled academic: A special kind of hell
Jessica Stephanie Dabrowski
Achieve more success without sacrificing health or happiness (and how academia set you up to fail)
are you ready for them?
IT’S TIME TO…
– Say goodbye to the uncertainty, precarity and politics of academia
– Explore the skills and opportunities that you developed through your PhD
– Create the life and career of your dreams