Books

We publish and promote books that help professionals in self-navigating in the job market. If you consider various career paths and you are interested in self-development as a professional, please take a look at this list!

Books published by Welcome Solutions

“What Is out There for Me? The Landscape of Post-PhD Career Tracks”

Natalia Bielczyk What is out there for me

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What is this book about?

The purpose of this book is to give you an overview of what you are capable (and might not even think of!) after completing a PhD, and a vista of directions you might consider to develop a happy, fulfilling professional life. It explores not only the scope of high-level employment in which PhDs usually excel, but also provides broad descriptions of the tribes that have formed in the job market and their characteristic behaviors.

Do you fit the tribe of corporate denizens committed to the analysis and improvement of operations in accordance with prescribed goals? Or perhaps you are drawn to the tribe of entrepreneurs who create goals of their own? In this book, you will find open questions and self-discovery exercises which will help to clarify your true inclinations and their tribal affinities. You might find something really beautiful in these explorations and their implications for your path into the future!

Statement from the author

“This book is a compilation of everything I learned during my long post-PhD journey. It was a long way to go, from working with PhDs on their careers in academia and beyond as the Career Development and Mentoring Manager in the OHBM Student and Postdoc Special Interest Group, then setting a public foundation dedicated to PhDs, Stichting Solaris Onderzoek en Ontwikkeling, a long period of looking for jobs by myself, getting involved in startups in the blockchain scene, to setting my own company and helping PhDs in finding great jobs full time. This book offers insights into the mechanisms governing the job market – you won’t find this information anywhere else! I’ve put a lot of heart into this book, and I hope that it serves you well.”

— Natalia Bielczyk, PhD

Opinions about the book

“This book is a real one-of-a-kind and comprehensive guide for all graduate students or postdocs still facing a typical dilemma of whether to stay or leave academia. The author’s first-hand experience, both, as a scientist and a consultant to hundreds of young PhD candidates gave her a unique, balanced view helping to reconcile a number of options we are all facing. The book astonishes with countless observations, facts, and solid knowledge about the industry job market for past-academics. Besides being a great read, a vivid personal story makes it also very authentic and convincing.”
– Radek C., PhD

“The author presents a thoroughly-researched and well-organized guide to the post-PhD landscape. Filled with actionable recommendations and personal anecdotes, the book is as informative as it is engaging. I especially appreciated how the author frames the list of post-PhD vocations in terms of each segment’s cultural-norms, their “tribalisms.” Reading the author’s hard-earned insights into what compels recruiters/VC’s to hire/fund a PhD leaves me better prepared to navigate the vast horizon of opportunities outside academia, and finally, land that ‘dream job.'” 
– Megan Shelfer

“This is the book we should have received while doing our PhD or maybe even before. There are a series of practical examples on how to overcome life after a PhD (or several years of following postdoc which is worse). How to be re-integrated in the society, to take advantage of the soft-skills you learned during your academic career and the flaw you have because you worked little outside academia. There is also some practical exercise to figure out your “style” and where would be better to focus your energy on a successful career outside academia. I liked the charts and visual explanations particularly. Highly recommended.” 
– Alessandro Crimi, PhD

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