(Closed) Calling all masters/PHD bees!

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I felt like that too, so much so that I worked at my university for nearly three years because I wasn’t sure about industry. I eventually got sick of the poor pay and went into private industry a year ago. While the transition from academia has been a bit of a shocking one and it has been a challenge, I’ve enjoyed it and I wish I’d done it sooner. You may want to take a small break after you’ve graduated to regroup (I am glad I did) and then start looking for jobs. I think you need to trust that you worked hard and you know your stuff so be confident. And be proud! Finishing a graduate degree is a big accomplishment! Use your graduate experience to your advantage, don’t downplay it. The rest of the experience will come Once you get a job. It might be a steep learning curve but stay confident.

Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m getting my PhD (just over two years left), and I’m thinking about jumping into consulting just to make sure I have a job, and I can always look for something else down the road.  There are so many opportunities, you just have to think outside of the box!  My advisor and I have had many conversations about my fears of getting a career after graduating (since when I met my Fiance and his son, I’ve decided to remain in this city, limiting my options).  Some days he’s more helpful than others, but as time goes on, he’s been more and more helpful. I’m sure my worries are in the back of his mind when he hear’s talks about job opportunities.  He’s even let me know that if I get into a teaching-focused university, that I can still conduct research in his lab.

Use your resources!

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Seriously. I am just starting my PhD and I am already looking at post doc jobs to know what is even out there. I am pretty scared to not have school in a couple years since I’ll be about 21 years of schooling straight then nothing! I with you the best, but be sure to use those contacts. It seems like that is the way to get a job!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I worked full time while getting my master’s degree, and am considering a PhD, but would still probably work part time if I go for it. My biggest relief was to be done with the school part and actually enjoy my paycheck and free time, instead of dumping everything into school. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

I’m starting my Master’s this summer (and plan to graduate around May 2017) and I already have that feeling. I’d been hoping to find full-time work when I finished my Bachelor’s and do my Master’s classes in the evening, but holy cow that did. not. work. at. all. I’m working a bunch of part-time jobs all over the place just to make money and it is nuts.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Double majored in biochem and biomedical engineering and then went straight to med school! It was 7 years straight! Finished at 24 and have been working as a Surgical robotics engineer for about a year now… And YES. I felt extremely under-qualified and anxious when I graduated! I had no idea what to expect or how to function outside of school… But trust me… You learned more and are more qualified than you can even fathom! You’ll be great. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

I’m a year away from getting my ph.D. and I understand your feelings. University is mostly about research and theory. It’s great but sometimes, depending on your field, you can feel as though it’s not an adequate preparation to the job market once you leave academia. In fact, it’s something I have understood the hard way because for years, I expected the transition to be easy. 

Well, last year, I had been looking for a job for over 5 months when I finally got an offer. In a field (public administration, edition and public relations) that is not one you’d traditionally expect from someone with my background (historical and religious studies). But what convinced my boss to hire me was the set of valuable skills I had acquired in university. Not the theorical knowledge per se, but everything that surrounded being an academic student, researcher and writer. 

The hardest thing for a graduate student, In My Humble Opinion, is to translate all those advanced skills and knowledges to the ”experience” level, because most students have limited career experiences and many employors outside of academia have a hard time figuring out how the students’ skills will become useful to them. Whenever I struggled with rejection, I tried to remind myself that it’s just the first step towards my career, that it only takes one person to say yes. Just one, and I can add concrete job experiences to my resume and become even more marketable when I’m ready to move on (and up) with my career. 

Getting out of academia can be stressful, but you acquire a set of skills many workers don’t have. You’ll always carry this baggage with you and you can always rely on those skills. It’s just another learning experience after all : of course you don’t know how to do your ”job”. Did you master the art of writing a thesis before you graduated ? Could you pass all your exams before you even had your first class ? This is a learning process when you’re a student. You have to go through the same kind of learning process as a professional in your new environment, but chances are, you’ll learn very quickly.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

futuremrsc2be:  as a bee also graduating in august and looking for jobs, and planning a wedding for may (between my spring and summer semesters), I hear you. it’s overwhelming! what field are you going into? I’m excited to be done with school, but hunting for a job sounds like such a big task to take on!

Post # 10
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Worker bee

Writing my thesis currently and I’m dreading!

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

futuremrsc2be:  really!? I am too. haha! What part of the country are you in? As soon as the honeymoon is over I have to start studying very seriously for the praxis. Just one more thing to add to the list!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

futuremrsc2be:  I hear ya – But I got a job after my BS and then went back to school while I was still working so that really helped out.

Good luck and congrats!

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Finishing my masters in May and getting married in May.  It’s just so much to handle all at once.  I have a job lined up for June which I really just lucked into somehow.  I don’t feel qualified for the job at all and I’m really worried what it will be like once I start.  I’ve only ever been a student, I definitely understand what you mean about not knowing yourself out of academia.  FI is still job hunting (also graduating in May) and we don’t know where he’ll get a job.  So we don’t know if we are going to live in the area where I have a job or if he’ll find something somewhere else (the prospects in this area for him for a job are a little slimmer than we’d like) and then we’ll both commute (not ideal).

You’re not crazy!  Making a huge life change like this is a big deal and something that would make almost anyone feel stressed an anxious.  You can do it!!!

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