General Career Advice

Caolan Kovach Orr

Career Development Strategies E060 How To Thrive In Data Science? How To Get Hired and Flourish?

Caolan Kovach-Orr, PhD, earned his PhD in theoretical biology from McGill in 2015. His research was focused on predator-prey interactions. Today, he is an Experienced Director Level data scientist who excels at hiring great people. Currently focused on Machine Learning for Insurance Pricing, solving novel problems, and product creation/development.

He has a proven track record in Team Management (including new & existing hires), Predictive Modeling (Machine Learning – Gradient Boosted Trees, Random Forest, GLM), Creating Actionable Insights, Team Management (including hiring new team members), Feature Engineering, Data Manipulation/Cleansing, New Product Creation, and Research & Development (academic and industry).

Career Development Strategies E059 How To Build a Connection With Your Audience and Effectively Communicate Your Research

Mark Bayer helps scientists, engineers, and organizations get funding, gain influence and build relationships with their most important stakeholders, including Members of Congress, investors, and the public, with custom-crafted, true-to-life communication training and government relations services.

Tailoring his unique, 360-degree approach to the specific needs of his clients, he creates and implements high-impact solutions. His methodology is shaped by two decades of work across the government, corporate, and non-profit sectors: as Chief of Staff in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, management consultant for Price Waterhouse Coopers, and co-founder and Board Chairman of a non-profit organization.

ontology of value

Career Development Strategies E057 Why Taking an Aptitude Test Could Change Your Career: On The Ontology of Value (ODYSSEY) Test

What is you natural way of creating value for the society? In which working environment will you be the happiest, and the most appreciated? The Ontology of Value: Discovering Your Source of Value for the Society & The Environment That Values You (ODYSSEY) Test is a powerful tool for white-collar professionals. Take the test to discover what is your natural way of creating value for other people, in which roles you would thrive, and in which tribes in the job market would fit you best. Gaining this knowledge will have a tremendous impact on your professional life! It will allow to find your edge in the job market and excel.

Maura Declercq-Madrila

Career Development Strategies E051 Confessions of a Professional Recruiter & Networker

Maura Declercq-Mindrila LLM, is a Belgian M&A Lawyer turned Entrepreneur. She is the founder of S T A F F, an executive search agency focussed on senior tech profiles within the STEM industries, helping companies grow Europe wide.

Maura studied International & European Law and Economical Law in Dutch and French at the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) in collaboration with HUBrussel and at the Saint-Louis University in Brussels. She also holds a degree in Fashion from the Akademie for Fashion and Design (AMD) in Hamburg, Germany. Maura lived in Belgium, Germany, Romania and is currently based in Madrid, Spain. She is fluent in 6,5 languages.

She came in contact with politics and networking at the age of 16. After having successfully completed 2 internships in the Belgian Federal Parliament – with Senator Martine Taelman and with Deputy Hilde Vautmans, she was a board member of Open VLD Grimbergen, President of Jong VLD Grimbergen and PR and of Communication Manager for the Blue Ladies and LIMA.

Maura had a few career turns: from M&A lawyer, to headhunter on the pharmaceutical market in the DACH area, to owner of a production agency in the fashion sector, and finally owner and managing partner of an international network-based recruitment business. As an avid networker and serial connector, she is an active member of 18 network organizations globally organizing and attending events. She loves connecting people, building communities and creating meaningful relationships, based on trust. Lastly, Maura is a Polymath, with varied interests: technology, neuroscience, biohacking, philosophy, yin yoga, podcasts, animal welfare, gastronomy, music, cinematography, and many more!

Reach out to her:

🌐 www.staff-europe.com

➡️ https://www.linkedin.com/in/mauramindrila/

📩 maura@staff-europe.com

Matteo Tardelli, PhD

Career Development Strategies E046 The Salmon Leap for PhDs: How To Smoothly Jump From Academia to Industry with Matteo Tardelli

Dr. Matteo Tardelli is a Postdoctoral Scientist at Weill Cornell Medicine in NYC and the author of the book “The Salmon Leap for PhDs: Swimming upstream a career from academia to industry”. To date, apart from doing science, he has assisted many researchers in gaining the confidence to launch new and diverse careers by taking part in career panels and volunteering for scientific communities. You can follow him on Twitter @salmon_phd.

Olga Ukolova, MD, RGB, BitcoinPro, MyCitadel

Career Development Strategies E044 From Medical Studies to Building Censorship-Resistant Computing Ecosystems Towards Immortality

Dr. Olga Ukolova holds the title of Doctor of Medicine obtained from the National Medical University ‘O.O. Bogomolec’, Kyiv. While obtaining the title, she worked as a Research Scientist at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Her research considered autophagy in Alzheimer’s disease, and autophagy perspective of heart attacks and strokes. After that, she worked as a Project Manager and Senior Analyst in software development, banking and AI development fields.
With time, she and a group of enthusiasts and professionals in various fields, started working on the idea of creating a decentralized, private and censorship-resistant computing ecosystem, which would eventually lead to fulfilling the ultimate goal – reaching immortality. She co-authored the FreeAI manifesto (manifesto.ai), where the group established their core principles. On the same note, she co-founded a Swiss company Pandora Core AG, which is currently focusing on building technological layers and products that would become building blocks of the future evolution of Bitcoin ecosystem, thus also bringing the initial idea of immortality closer to reality. One of the most known technologies, where Pandora Core is the main driver, is RGB – a privacy-first smart contracting and bearer rights system, which enables many real-world cases to be done in a proper way: with individualism and sovereignty at heart. Though, Olga’s interests are not lying solely on protocol-level activities. Recently her company released Bitcoin Pro and MyCitadel products, which would bring more power to the individuals and help them operate in the digital world with confidence and professionalism.

Career talks for PhDs: Olga Pougovkina, PhD

Career Development Strategies E043 How to Adapt to the Corporate World As a PhD? How to Play the Like a Pro?

Dr. Olga Pougovkina is a scientific leader in the R&D sector of Janssen Biologics where she works within the analytical development for early, late phase and commercial biologics. She obtained her PhD in Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam after which she decided to leave academia. While finishing her PhD she faced the challenges of making career choices and transitioning into industry firsthand. She also soon saw that career development doesn’t stop after getting your dream job as you’re constantly growing further and moving into new directions
This inspired her to start her company Post PhD Career where she gives career development advice to scientists through lectures, workshops and coaching..

Career Development Strategies E042 How to Become a Private Recruiter as a PhD?

Dr. Manolo Castellano is a career consultant and talent recruiter. After obtaining his PhD in neurobiology at the Universidad de Sevilla (Spain) in 2006, he moved to the USA, where he focused his research on auditory synaptic physiology at the Rockefeller University and Stanford University. Back in Europe, he worked at the Universidad Miguel Hernández in Elche, applying electrophysiological techniques to the study of pancreatic cell physiology and diabetes.
Outside the lab, he has always been active in outreach activities, science communication and science activism associations, such as Ciencia con Futuro, Científicos Retornados a España-CRE or the Federación de Jóvenes Investigadores-Precarios, where he participated in the coordination of the Research Career Report.
In 2017 he transitioned to science consulting, founding Carreras Científicas Alternativas, a platform devoted to guide scientists and researchers to find new professional paths.
Manolo conducts training seminars and workshops related to professional careers, participates frequently in employability forums and runs a podcast about scientific careers, where he interviews researchers who happily made their professional career transition beyond Academia.
Manolo currently combines his career-guiding activities with recruitment consulting for R&D companies at Talento Cientifico.

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Career Development Strategies E039 From PhD in Medieval Studies to Project Management for the Europe’s Largest Sustainable Bank

Dr. Christopher Humphrey holds a BA in English Studies and an MA in Culture and Social Change, both from the University of Southampton. He completed his PhD in Medieval Studies at the University of York in 1997, and held a post-doctoral fellowship there until 2000. Since leaving academia, Chris has worked as a project and program manager in the private sector, specializing in technology, transport, financial services and sustainability. Today, he works as a team leader and project manager for a leading European sustainable bank.
In 2012 Chris founded the website Jobs on Toast as a way to help Masters students and doctoral graduates access the abundant career opportunities available outside of higher education. The popularity of the site is shown by the fact that Jobs on Toast attracts over 40,000 unique visitors a year, as well as having thousands of followers on social media channels including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Danielle-De-La-Mare

Career Development Strategies E038 Leaving Tenure Track. Danielle De La Mare, Self-compassionate Professor on Self-management

Dr. Danielle De La Mare works as a career wellness coach in private practice. She helps faculty who feel stuck in their careers to loosen their grip on perfectionism, people-pleasing, self-pressure, and shame so that they may find the clarity and courage to pave creative and meaningful career paths both within and outside academia. Her own career wellness journey began when she reached burnout as a tenured professor. Since then, she has found powerful tools to heal herself and others in similar situations. Danielle is the creator of the weekly podcast, Self-Compassionate Professor, which features guests who have found creative ways to re-build their careers after struggle.