It can be difficult projecting yourself into the future and setting goals when you are fully invested physically and emotionally with your PhD. Overwhelm and overwork are terms that come up frequently in conversation with PhD researchers, independently of their domain of research.

In this Papa PhD interview, I talk with career coach Kimberly Duong about her post-PhD experience and about her approach to helping academics successfully navigating their PhD journey.

Listen to the end and you will learn an exercise Kimberly uses with her coachees to help them set long-term goals for themselves!

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Dr. Kimberly Duong completed her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Irvine and successfully transitioned to industry. She wants to share lessons learned and help others succeed in their own PhD journey. Kimberly employs a tailored one-on-one approach, drawing on more than ten years of project management, leadership, STEM outreach, and mentorship experience in academia, government, nonprofits, and entrepreneurship. Her diverse background has led her to a variety of experiences, from wetlands field work in Melbourne, Australia to science policy at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC. In addition to coaching, Kimberly also enjoys cooking and fitness.

Thank you, Kimberly Duong!

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