This is why the Free the PhD Ultimate Career Transformation for Scientists Program was created!
"During my postdoctoral fellowship I began exploring career opportunities outside of traditional academic career tracks. I eventually became interested in the medical science liaison role in the pharmaceutical industry as I thought it was an excellent balance of all my interests and utilized my training thus far.
Medical science liaison positions are notoriously difficult to obtain, even with industry experience but I had none. From the very beginning of the application process Vay coached me on techniques to break into industry and how to craft my interview skills for this process.
I found her advice invaluable and truly feel that every step of my interview process went superbly well as a result of her advice. I can now happily say I landed a medical science liaison position at a dream-company for me and have Vay to thank.
I highly recommend anyone in grad school or in a postdoctoral position to consult with Vay about potential career tracks and help you realize how you can leverage your science training to much more than the bench."
-Steven L. Miller, Ph.D.
Medical Science Liaison at Greenwich Biosciences
Epigenetics PhD to Program Manager
I was trapped in a terrible job and was sending resumes out, left and right, but they just seemed to be falling off the face of the earth.
I had a long list of skills, experience and education, but it didn’t seem to matter and I couldn’t figure out why the response was so poor.
Vay helped me construct a resume that was more attractive to employers, and explained WHY my applications never seemed to be reaching human reviewers; under her guidance, I finally managed to secure a challenging, satisfying new position with a significantly better salary and work-life balance.
It was amazing to see how seemingly-small, targeted changes made a tremendous difference in employer response, and this is the kind of information that only an expert can provide.
Vay was always interested and invested in my success, and it was a genuine pleasure to work with her. I fully recommend her services to anyone who feels lost in their job search, or just needs to update their applicant profile to get an edge.”
-P.C. Ph.D., Genomics Program Manager
This program is a Multi-Module Online Program composed of step by step video lectures, text explanations, templates and informational resources that contain organized content and distilled knowledge framed in a way that makes sense. The course is geared towards anyone who has conducted academic research at an advanced level and is trying to transition out into a new career path.
This is not just a collection of article links, interviews or webinars that wastes your time or costs an arm and a leg. You will be getting nitty gritty details in a context that works for you, a scientist at heart. This is a structured, step-by-step, organized, well researched and empathetic PhD transition program tailored specifically to your needs: both practical and psychological.
You will learn:
We meet you where you are to help you get where you want to go next. You won't need to read another job hunt book or article after this course - because it incorporates knowledge from all the top resources and real world experiences in a clear and impactful way.
You get lifetime access to the entire program, plus a Bonus Mini-Course once you get your job:
“At my sixth year of postdoc training, I still haven’t wrapped up my research result for publication, and sensed a disadvantage if I keep going to pursue a job in academia. Even though I felt the urgency to plan for my next career opportunity, I was afraid to explore unknown career options.
I was on the brink of my true career, and Vay push me forwards."
"Vay tailored my CV or resume for each job that I applied, and edited my cover letters for email inquiries. Without her help, I cannot put all the information together to allow me to confidently search in the job market.
I landed on a real job not long after I took a detailee position Vay helped me apply for. It was from a diagnostic company, and one of my informational interviewees was my internal reference. The job interview was scheduled with short notice. With so much previous practice, I handled it well."
"I was initially offered a salary range lower than I expected. I took the hiring manager’s explanation as I didn’t have the exact job experience. However, Vay pushed me to step up for myself as my research experience is a perfect match for the job. She helped me with my negotiation email in a professional way, not too aggressive since I really like the job; not too timid as I am confident that my experience fit well.
The company re-offered me with a higher salary and with this offer, I finally finished my long-term postdoc training and moved to a real job that I have never thought I would do.”
-Yizhou Ye, Ph.D.
Senior Analyst, Gene Dx
“I got a clear plan with action steps, a timeline, and confidence that what I was doing was the right path. She helped me evaluate my experience and abilities in a way that helped me prove my worth to myself."
The company initially offered me a rate that was much lower than what I wanted. Vay helped me clearly identify how much I would take and therefore how much I should ask for in my negotiations. I ended up asking for more than what I thought I should have initially. The organization came back at me with the exact number I was looking for. Vay helped me with my email back to the organization and gave me the next steps to take.”
-Kristen K, Ph.D.
Received offer for Scientific Director at Cure CMD
It's time to take your career into your own hands.
Biomedical Science PhD to Manager at 23 & Me
You know those job hunt questions where it's hard to get straight answers for?
I had the same questions during my transition. It was frustrating digging through pages of blogs and hours of webinars to find bits and pieces of information that were barely useful for me and my future. I felt alone and anxious.
After my own stressful job hunt and successful transition out of academia, I vowed to do something that would assist the generations of scientists who would come after me, and who would inevitably face the same challenges in finding a life they love outside of academic research (potentially with less support than I had).
This took over two years of research, data gathering and education while collecting on-the-job experiences from fellow PhDs and scientists in the workforce. I waded through hundreds of dollars worth of career books, took notes on hours of business and career coaching courses, and conducted in-person interviews to find the most accurate and understandable answers to all your questions.
As a neuroscientist, published writer, educator, startup employee and startup Founder, I am excited to help you Free your PhD, and proud to bring you the Ultimate Career Transformation Program to guide you to the life you want to live.