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"What Is Out There for Me? The Landscape of Post-PhD Career Tracks" by Natalia Bielczyk (2019)

Updated: May 31, 2023

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Unsure if you want to pursue an academic career, or would rather explore other PhD-level jobs, or jobs that would be made easier by having a Ph.D.? Then, you should definitely read this book!

If you've got your Ph.D. and don't know how to move forward, check out this book! These are the key points why I RECOMMEND "What is out there for me?...":

  • It examines not only the roles Ph.Ds usually attain in higher-level occupations but also gives detailed insights into the job market's working cultures and their associated behaviours.

  • It helps readers recognize which working environment is best for them, whether they prefer a corporate culture focused on the examination and development of operations with predetermined objectives, or if they are more attracted to entrepreneurs who make their own aims.

  • It provides practical advice on how to navigate the job market and build a successful career.

  • It includes open questions and self-discovery exercises, which will help to clarify readers' true inclinations and their affinities.

  • It gives many useful tips, like online sources for finding jobs and businesses, and it delves into the significance of having a Ph.D. in entrepreneurship.

What I appreciate most about "What is out there for me?..." is that it provides a thoughtful and structured approach to the PhD-afterlife problem. It explains the popular Ph.D. careers (including academic professor!) on the market and gives a thorough overview of the pros and cons for each role.

Overall, "What Is Out There for Me? The Landscape of Post-PhD Career Tracks" is a well-written, informative, and practical book that is essential reading for anyone who is considering their options after completing their doctoral degree. It will help readers make informed decisions about their future and could be a valuable resource for both current Ph.D. students and recent Ph.D. graduates who are struggling to find their way into the job market. The open questions and self-discovery exercises in the book provide an opportunity for readers to explore their true inclinations and find a career path that aligns with their personality type and affinities.


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