February 2018 social media collection: Alternative Careers

More young scientists are leaving academia and perusing non-traditional or alternative careers. However, most PhDs do not end up in tenure-track professorships so alternative careers are really the normal track rather than the alternative. It’s important for all young scientists to explore alternative career options regardless of their career aspirations. These alternative careers open more options to PhD scientists and should not be thought of as a worse alternative to the traditional professorship track.

 

 

 

Post #1: This month we’re discussing alternative careers in physiology, stay tuned!

 

Post #2:  Should we really call non-academic jobs “alternative careers”?

http://www.the-aps.org/mm/Publications/Journals/Physiologist/Archive/2018-Issues/January-2018-Vol-61No-1/Mentoring-Forum/Where-Academics-Go-to-Die-Mentorship-and-Alternative-Careers-in-Life-Science

 

Post #3: How do you decide if leaving academia is right for you? http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2016/03/leaving-academia

 

Post #4: The job market for PhDs may not be as bad as we think

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2016/05/employment-crisis-new-phds-illusion

 

Post #5: Where do Science PhDs go post-graduation?

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2017/07/what-comes-after-phd-check-out-data

 

Post #6: Where do Biology PhDs end up working?

https://i2.wp.com/freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/files/2015/10/biocareers.jpg?ssl=1

 

Post #7: How to survive the ” Postdocalypse”

http://brightworkcoresearch.com/postdocalypse-opportunity-disguise/

 

Post #8: Top 10 “Alternative Careers” for Science PhDs

https://cheekyscientist.com/top-10-list-of-alternative-careers-for-phd-science-graduates/

 

Post #9: Is graduate school worth it?

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2012/08/what_is_the_value_of_a_science_phd_is_graduate_school_worth_the_effort_.html

 

Post #10: Tips for exploring alternative careers

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Rethinking-the-Scientific/241361/

 

Post #11: Think outside the box!

https://www.livescience.com/37284-weirdest-science-jobs.html

 

Post #12: Tips on transferring to Industry

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2016/11/transition-postdoc-industry

 

  Amanda Miller, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at Penn State College of Medicine. She researches how the renin-angiotensin system alters the sympathetic nervous system and vascular function in mice and humans.

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