Nov 1, 2020 | E028 Coaching for PhDs in Transition to Industry & How to Gain Social Media Following as a PhD

Dr. Jennifer Polk, is an entrepreneur, career coach, and expert on PhD careers. She earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts titles from Carleton University. In 2012, she earned her PhD in history from the University of Toronto. In 2013, she launched From PhD to Life, a career coaching and speaking business. Since then, she’s worked 1-on-1 and in groups with graduate students and doctoral degree holders based in Canada, the United States, the UK, Australia, and elsewhere.

Jen has spoken on university campuses and at academic and professional conferences throughout North America on issues related to graduate education and career outcomes for PhDs. Her writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, University Affairs, Inside Higher Ed, the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Vitae portal, and Academic Matters. Her University Affairs blog, From PhD to Life, won three gold awards at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards. She’s also contributed essays to two books: Moving On: Essays on the Aftermath of Leaving Academia, and Reflections on Academic Lives: Identities, Struggles, and Triumphs in Graduate School and Beyond. Jen created and hosted Self-Employed PhD, an online network of freelancers, independent consultants, entrepreneurs, and small business owners.

For three years Jen hosted #withaPhD chat, a twice-monthly Twitter discussion. She co-founded Beyond the Professoriate and in that capacity (among many other activities) produced online conferences attended by hundreds of graduate students, PhDs, and career education professionals.

Jen is actively engaged in online conversations about careers for PhDs, especially on Twitter (you can follow her at @FromPhDtoLife). In this episode Jen told us the story of how she has became a career coach for PhDs, and explained what this job entails. She also shared some of her personal strategies on how to grow Twitter following and build impact on social media. Lastly, Jen also shared some invaluable advice for launching a career after the PhD with us.

Jen’s Twitter profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-polk-bab56443/

Jen’s LinkedIn profile: https://twitter.com/FromPhDtoLife/

The website of PhD to Life: https://fromphdtolife.com/ 🔥

The episode was recorded on November 1st, 2020. This material represents the speaker’s personal views and not the views of their current or former employer(s).

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