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Phd to success 2.0 – Jennifer Matsui

This is the second of my interview articles to people inside and outside academia who made their own way to success. My interview today is to Jennifer Matsui. She is a student of the Molander group and currently doing her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. I very much admire Jennifer. She is a brilliant and strong woman with excellent PhD records. She has published seven papers in some of the best scientific journals so far as well as being selected for a graduate fellowship award by the big pharma company Bristol-Meyers-Squibb last year. To follow Jennifer, have a look at the LinkedIn profile, Jennifer Matsui, or via Twitter at @molandergroup.
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Phd to success 1.0 – Vincenzo and Cosimo

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This is the first of my interview article to people inside and outside academia who made their own way to success. I decided to start talking about the experience of Cosimo and Vincenzo. They both come from Southern Italy like me and are currently working at the Institute of Aerospace Technology at the University of Nottingham. They are both PhD students at the University and won the prestigious Marie Curie PhD scholarship.

Cosimo and Vincenzo graduated from the University of Bologna in Electrical and I met them last year during one of the networking events between the Centres of Doctorial Training and the Institute of Aerospace in Nottingham.
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What does it take to get success in life – Successful people – Part 2

A long while ago, I have written an article about habits of successful people. If interested, please read my previous article. Today, I want to move forward and share the secret of their success. What made people successful in the first place? For example, what does it take for an athlete to win the gold medal at the Olympic games? What does it take for an actor or actress to be a celebrity in Hollywood? What does it take for a big professor to publish papers in Science and Nature?

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How to get out there – maximise the benefit of your Linkedin profile.

Did you know that your LinkedIn profile is the first thing that pops up on Google if someone is looking you up? Did you also know that 94% of users only click on items found on the first page of their Google search? In other words, if you want to make a transition from academia to industry and don’t have a LinkedIn profile, you don’t exist in the professional world. It’s that simple.

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Do you Believe in Life After Graduation? for Graduate Students

I have been recently following the PhDStudent forum on Twitter @PhDStudents and they provide loads of useful information for PhD students. I decided to publish one of their article about life after graduation. Is carrying on going with your field the best decision for you or do you want to explore other options after graduation? Read the following article to find your answer.

This article is aimed at graduate students who are in the process of earning your Master’s degrees or Doctorate degrees. Read the following tips to learn what you should be doing now and over the next few semesters leading up to graduation.
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How to market yourself – Professional business networking and use of social media.

Since my last post about life beyond PhD, Nature has published another article on their blog “Do you believe in life after lab? I believe the magazine has been making an amazing job motivating students in seeking other options outside life in academia and life even beyond your discipline during and after PhD. Their advice is to keep your mind open to whichever chance might come across along the way.

As I said in previous posts, only 3% of all the PhD students in all disciplines end up getting a lectureship/professorship. All the rest must find alternative options. However, the transition to industry isn’t always an easy process and I have heard of people looking for jobs for more than one year before getting a decent one. To avoid this, read my post and learn what you can do to stand out and get more employable even before the end of your PhD.
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The side effect of PhD life: anxiety, depression and mental health issues.

This article was also published by Jennifer Polk in the From PhD to Life Facebook page.

Getting through PhD life is an amazing experience: PhD students live in this kind of limbo in between being still a student and preparing themselves for the real working life. They are usually independent, they manage their own work, and they are constantly exposed to a young, dynamic, and developing environment. If people look at this world from the outside, they might think of it as a paradise. Unfortunately, the struggle to produce innovation and progress comes with a price. A recent paper on the journal Research Policy showed how the risk of suffering from mental health issues is higher for doctors than the rest of the population.
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ALL THE TRANSFERABLE SKILLS YOU LEARN DURING YOUR PhD – BE AWARE OF YOUR POTENTIAL

Earning a PhD degree is a tough process, a 3 or 4-year period where students have to cope constantly with failures and, let’s face it, academia isn’t a very nice environment. How many times have you hung out or socialised with fellow students and the main topic of their conversations was bitching about nasty academics, supervisors or labmates? After the writing up period, it is very common for students to be so stressed and frustrated that they accept any job, even a shitty one to escape academia. Industry people are very aware of this situation and take advantage of it by paying students less than they deserve.
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Life BEYOND PhD – what makes you UNIQUE?

I have two clear memories of my first few days in Nottingham.

  1. The first one was my induction event where people from industries came along to see and talk to us. They made their point clear. PhD students are highly qualified in terms of understanding of science and lab skills. However, very often, THEY CANNOT THINK BEYOND THEIR FUMEHOOD. All they can see is the little chemistry they do in the lab and frequently think that the whole world is the 1×1 metre square of their desk.
  2. I attended a training course delivered by the Graduate School (one of those which most of the people think as a joke and totally useless) called “Position yourself in the career you want”. They also made their point clear. ONLY 3% OF PhD STUDENTS in all disciplines make their way to an ACADEMIC CAREER. All the rest of the people need to find alternative solutions.

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How to become successful people – Come diventare persone di successo

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I have been reading a lot recently about successful people. Above all, I was interested in their habits, how they managed to get their success and how they keep up with their busy lives.

They all share the same habits, have loads in common and I want to share with everyone what, in my opinion, are the most important things.
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