PhD Jobs: How To Transition From Academia Into Business

Rachel Howell
September 17, 2014

"I sent resumes to over 200 companies during my last year of graduate school and heard back from exactly zero of them. It was embarrassing. And confusing. I guess I just assumed that big corporations would fall all over themselves trying to hire me once I had a PhD. Not so much.

Getting my PhD turned out to the beginning of a whole new challenge: getting a job. This is something I didn’t have any training for. I’d never taken any classes in economics, finance, management, marketing, or organizational behavior. I’d never had a business lunch or made any real business connection whatsoever.

And, to make matters worse, none of my mentors or thesis committee members knew anyone in business. I was on my own."

-Isaiah Hankel

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