This week, I’m bringing you a conversation with someone who has recently made the transition from her PhD to the non-academic job market, and has done so into the PhD career development and recruitment domain.
During our conversation, Rebecca Maymon, you will not only hear about her experience exploring career avenues during her PhD and navigating that transition, but you will also get her valuable insights based on her research and on her recruiting experience working in an organizations that focuses exclusively on PhDs.
Rebecca joined Adoc Talent Management in 2019 as a Research Officer and Recruitment Consultant, where she contributes to in-house research projects focused on the skills of PhDs and how they can foster innovation within and outside the academy. She also provides skills and career development workshops for PhDs, and acts as a recruitment consultant to help innovative companies find highly qualified talent that matches their needs.
Rebecca holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from McGill University, Montreal. Over the past 10 years, she has developed and contributed to projects in graduate skills and employment, stress and social support during transition periods, motivation, engagement, and human behavior.
What you’ll learn about in this episode:
- How a peer support group can help you during graduate school and after in designing your career path
- The importance of identifying and taking advantage of resources offered by your university (and sharing them with your peers!)
- If your career center doesn’t offer a service you need – ask for it and they might end up creating it!
- How to start broadening your network today – is is most likely where you’ll find your next job
- Informational interviews – they are your best friend, so don’t be afraid of reaching out to people
- The importance of building bridges between university research centers and employers
This episode’s pearls of wisdom:
“Coming back to the informational interviews, just expanding yourself outside of your network, just talking to people who are not in your department, in your discipline, it gives you those opportunities to kind of nail that down, so that when you get to an interview, you’ve messed it up a few times and you’re good, now.”
“As far as workshops, pretty much I saw that I was able to go to, I went to. There were things about kind of the way they do IDPs or individual development plans, now, just helping you reflect and map out your motivations and aspirations and values, and things like that.”
“Most PhDs are finding their jobs through their network.”
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