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What can you do with a PhD? Do you wonder what career you can aim for with a graduate degree? Do you fear you'll be unemployable as a PhD or after a postdoc? If these are questions you ask yourself, Papa PhD will help you dispel them by bringing you the career journeys and insights of MSc and PhD graduates around the world on job searching, skills development, networking, entrepreneurship, mental health, and more.



Que peut-on faire avec un doctorat ? Vous vous demandez quelle orientation professionnelle vous pouvez envisager avec un diplôme d'études supérieures ? Craignez-vous d'être inemployable en tant que titulaire d'une maîtrise, d'un doctorat ou après un post-doctorat ? Si ce sont des questions que vous vous posez, Papa PhD vous aidera à y répondre en vous faisant découvrir les parcours et les expériences professionnelles de diplômés du monde entier, du point de vue de la recherche d'emploi, du développement des compétences, du réseautage, de de l’entrepreneuriat, de la santé mentale, entre autres.



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What can you do with a PhD? Do you wonder what career you can aim for with a graduate degree? Do you fear you'll be unemployable as a PhD or after a postdoc? If these are questions you ask yourself, Papa PhD will help you dispel them by bringing you the career journeys and insights of MSc and PhD graduates around the world on job searching, skills development, networking, entrepreneurship, mental health, and more.



Que peut-on faire avec un doctorat ? Vous vous demandez quelle orientation professionnelle vous pouvez envisager avec un diplôme d'études supérieures ? Craignez-vous d'être inemployable en tant que titulaire d'une maîtrise, d'un doctorat ou après un post-doctorat ? Si ce sont des questions que vous vous posez, Papa PhD vous aidera à y répondre en vous faisant découvrir les parcours et les expériences professionnelles de diplômés du monde entier, du point de vue de la recherche d'emploi, du développement des compétences, du réseautage, de de l’entrepreneuriat, de la santé mentale, entre autres.



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    Être persuasif dans notre recherche d'emploi avec Alexandra Martel

    Être persuasif dans notre recherche d'emploi avec Alexandra Martel

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    Qu'est-ce qu'Aristote a à voir avec ta recherche d'emploi ? Pourquoi devrais-tu utiliser des stylos de couleur pour écrire ta lettre de motivation ? En quoi la rédaction persuasive peut t'aider dans ton processus de réorientation professionnelle ? Dans ce nouvel épisode de Papa PhD, mon invitée, Alexandra Martel – une spécialiste du copywriting – va répondre à toutes ces questions et partager sa propre histoire de réinvention de carrière après sa license en droit. 

    Ce que tu apprendras dans cet épisode :

    Comment faire le « framing » et la gestion des objections travailler pour toi avant une entrevue d'emploiComment Aristote peut t'aider - bien doser le logos, l'ethos et le pathos lorsqu'on se présente à un employeurPourquoi tu devrais te préparer à une entrevue d'emploi à l'oral et avec un.e ami.e (et tout enregistrer!)Comment tout simplement dire que tu est stressé.e peut désamorcer la tension en entrevueTu aimes Papa PhD ? Laisse-moi un commentaire ici - une seule phrase suffit ! Et inclus ton identifiant Twitter – comme ça je pourrai te remercier personnellement !



    Liste de choses qu'Alexandra Martel n'aime pas : le marketing culpabilisant, les arguments de vente qui activent son détecteur de b******t et parler d'elle à la troisième personne.Depuis 2017, Alexandra a enseigné la rédaction persuasive à des centaines d'entrepreneurs. Sachant qu'elle déteste écrire, c'est quand même pas pire. Ce qui la passionne? Comprendre ce qui se passe dans la tête des gens quand ils changent d'avis, qu'ils prennent une décision ou qu'ils achètent quelque chose.

    Merci Alexandra Martel !

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    Les perles de sagesse d'Alexandra :

    « Il y a un sous-champ, si on veut, de la rédaction persuasive qui est le framing. Comment cadrer les choses pour leur donner un sens, pour leur donner une valeur. Je pense qu'une des premières choses à faire dans notre tête, c'est de voir un peu c'est quoi le lien, comment est-ce que mon parcours académique peut être une force et non pas du gaspillage ou une faiblesse, ou une perte de temps. C'est vraiment une fiction de penser que ce qu'on a fait à l'université n'a servi à rien, entre guillemets. Je ne pense pas que j'aurais un intérêt aussi grand pour la persuasion si je n'avais pas mon background en droit, si je n'avais pas eu un cours de plaidoirie. Il y a eu un impact de tout ça sur la personne que je suis et sur mes compétences. J'ai développé des compétences et une rigeur à l'université que je n'aurais peut-être jamais développées en dehors. J'ai acquis des compétences qui sont centrales aujourd'hui, dans ma vie. »« C'est quoi, le pathos et l'ethos? L'idée, c'est que si tu n'as que du rationnel, mais que tu n'as pas d'émotion et qur tu n'as pas établi ta crédibilité, les gens de vont pas croire ce que tu dis et ne vont pas s'y intéresser, de toute manière. Donc c'est vraiment important d'ancrer ce qu'on dit et les arguments qu'on présente dans de l'émotion et, aussi, de prouver notre drédibilité. Et le problème qu'on a quand on sort de l'université, c'est qu'on pense que la crédibilité, c'est nécessairement des diplômes. »

    Les ressources de cet épisode :

    Alexandra Martel | TwitterAlexandra Martel | LinkedInLes Mots Pour Vendre | Site web

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    Being a PhD Researcher and an Entrepreneur With Jessica Steinberg

    Being a PhD Researcher and an Entrepreneur With Jessica Steinberg

    Do you have a business idea based on your PhD research? A consultancy or a deeptech project? Well, you are not alone. A lot of PhD researchers out there have plans to become their own bosses rather than getting a job, when they're done with their degree. In today's episode, you'll hear Jessica Steinberg's recount of her experience translating the knowledge she gained working on her thesis into a sustainable business.

    What you’ll learn about in this episode:

    Figuring out what aspect of your doctoral work is marketableTaking the risk and the time to invest in your entrepreneurial projectTaking the consultant routeNegotiating with clients as a young entrepreneurHow creating a personal board of directors can help youHow the accountability of a reading/writing/studying group can help you move your PhD forwardWhy you should be on LinkedInDo you enjoy Papa PhD? Leave me a comment here - one short sentence is enough! And be sure to include your Twitter handle – that way, I can thank you personally!



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    Jessica Steinberg explores how change happens at the intersection of normality and unfamiliarity a cyclical process that is the 21st century embodiment of revolutions evolution. She is a PhD student at the University of Oxford researching the process of policymaking through the lens of cannabis legalization and commericalization. Jessica is setting precedence for emerging markets to refuse systematic replication. Her policy work takes place as an official delegate for cannabis related meetings held at the UN and WHO.Her academic work led to commercial opportunities. She founded and is the Managing Director of international cannabis consultancy, The Global C, and co-founder of a womens empowerment organization cultivating a space for women in the legal cannabis industry, entOURage Network. Jessica is Head of Community at Ohana CBD, a plant-based self care skincare company.

    Thank you, Jessica Steinberg!

    If you enjoyed this interview with Jessica Steinberg, let her know by clicking the link below and leaving her a message on LinkedIn:Click here to thank Jessica Steinberg on LinkedIn!Click here to share your key take-away from this interview with David!



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    Jessica’s pearls of wisdom:

    “One thing I've started with at the center is a 3-hour reading-writing-working-studying session. It's hree sessions of 45 minutes of uninterrupted work, and then we have 15 minutes of break. And this is a common practice for people in general, it's not just for students. But if you can dedicate and block out that amount of time, knowing all of your notofications are off, your phone is in another room, your tab of social media are forgotten about – just totally non-distracted 45 minutes – what we have found from people who are joining these sessions is those three hours are the most productive hours of the day, if not the week, if it's the only session that they join.”“To my point earlier about a personal board of directors and how you can really fill your space with peolpe that you're learning from, that are challenging you – if LinkedIn is a space to do that, by all means, take  advantage of the resources that are in front fo you. And I don't think an age or a gender should limit that. It's just a platform and it's how you choose to go about using it.”

    This episode’s resources:

    Jessica Steinberg | LinkedInJessica Steinberg | InstagramThe Big C | InstagramEntOURage | Instagram | Website | LinkedIn



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    Chris Kent – Leveling Up Into EntrepreneurshipEmily Roberts – The Power of the Side-Hustle or How to Set Yourself Up for a Healthy Financia

    • 53 min
    Building a More Diverse and Inclusive Academia With Shaz Zamore

    Building a More Diverse and Inclusive Academia With Shaz Zamore

    Welcome to episode 100 of the Papa PhD podcast! In a lot of the conversations I've had in past interviews here on the show, we have talked about how academia and graduate school need to change. For this special episode, I'm bringing you a conversation during which I got a glimpse at what that change can look like. With this week's guest – Shaz Zamore – we dove into the current diversity and inclusivity challenges facing academia today and into how addressing them can change the face of science and research.

    What you’ll learn about in this episode:



    Current roadblocks to diversity in university and in research

    How we can widen the horizons of minorities early on

    What has to change to make academia a really inclusive environment

    Why having a support group where you can drop your guard is key

    What a mentor can look like if you're working in uncharted territory

    Best practices for widening your network of likeminded people

    How changing how science and research is depicted on all media can positively impact young people who are minoritized or intersectional

    How to think of your PhD from the point of view of the private sector and of entrepreneuship

    The importance of finding joy and of giving yourself the rest you need, in whichever form it takes for you



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    Shaz Zamore is a neuroengineer and STEAM Outreach Coordinator at CU Boulder. Looking to revolutionize access to STEAM learning, they are creating innovative interactive tools aimed at intersectional minoritized middle school students. Outside of work, Shaz has a penchant for creative coding, snowboarding, baking bread and woodworking.

    Thank you, Shaz Zamore!

    If you enjoyed this interview with Shaz, let them know by clicking the link below and leaving them a message on Twitter:



    Click here to thank Shaz Zamore on Twitter!



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    Shaz’s pearls of wisdom:

    “My advice is echoed by research – have a support group. Have a support group, have a support group, have a support group. Have people you can go and go back to your base code, go back to that natural language. Drop your guard, you know? Be yourself. Be really comfortable. You've got to have those, especially as any sort of minoritized, especially intersectional. Have your support group. For intersectional people, I will acknowledge it's super hard. For me, for example, black spaces aren't always queer friendly spaces. Queer friendly spaces aren't always black friendly spaces, and so it's a really hard thing to navigate. But still, even if you're not fully relaxed, even if you can't find a black queer space, for example, that combination, even those little bits that you get those steps that you get, if it's a single person, even, it goes so far.”



    “I started to realize that there was nobody to look forward to, to say – OK, this is how you do it, this is what the decision is – because what I want to do is not really something that's been done before. And so it stops being looking ahead and seeing who is advanced, who is further, who is better, who can tell me things, and start looking to the side and saying – Who is doing something different? How are they accessing their path to success? How are they managing their work-life balance? How are they succeeding? Who are my allies? Who are people who I feel safe around as we move forward together?”

    This episode’s resources:



    Shaz Zamore | LinkedIn

    Shaz Zamore | Twitter

    Shaz Zamore | Instagram

    Craniate | Website

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    Les docteur.e.s et le tiers secteur de la recherche avec Ewa Zlotek-Zlotkiewicz

    Les docteur.e.s et le tiers secteur de la recherche avec Ewa Zlotek-Zlotkiewicz

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    Que deviennent les docteur.e.s une fois sortis du milieu universitaire? Quel est leur rôle dans le tissu socio-écomonique aujourd'hui? Cette semaine, sur Papa PhD, on va parler du tiers secteur de la recherche et de projets d'intégration de docteur.e.s au sein de missions de science citoyenne et d'autres initiatives scientifiques en dehors du cadre académique. Pour ce faire, j'ai invité à mon micro quelqu'un qui Klask! (vérifiez sur son lien LinkedIn) – Ewa Zlotek-Zlotkiewicz. 

    Ce que tu apprendras dans cet épisode :



    L'avantage de voir la thèse comme une partie d'un trajet professionnel dans un esprit donnant-donnant

    Comment avoir des projets personnels peut dynamiser votre recherche

    Ce qu'est le tiers secteur de la recherche et quel rôle peuvent y jouer les docteurs

    L'intérêt de l'interdisciplinarité dans la recherche citoyenne et dans la recherche-action

    Le projet Klask!, sa philosophie, ses ateliers



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    Suite à un parcours que certain·ne·s qualifiaient de slashé (philologie, design, histoire d’art ancien...) Ewa a suivi une licence en Biotechnologies (à Cracovie), un master en Cancérologie et le master Approches Interdisciplinaires du Vivant au Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires de Paris. Suite à ce dernier, Ewa a décroché une bourse doctorale à l’École Doctorale du CRI pour réaliser une thèse en biophysique cellulaire à l’Institut Curie et l’Institut Pierre-Gilles de Gennes. Elle a préservé son côté divergeant pendant le doctorat et le garde encore en construisant avec d’autres docteur·e·s à Nantes, un projet qui met les compétences des docteur·e·s au service de l’innovation élargie – Klask ! Docteur·e·s et innovation sociale.

    Merci Ewa Zlotek-Zlotkiewicz !

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    Les perles de sagesse d'Ewa :

    « La recherche, on la fait dans l'académie – c'est très bien – la recherche, on la fait dans l'industrie – c'est très bien –, mais la majorité des docteurs, en fait, sont ni dans l'un, ni dans l'autre et la recherche, on peut très bien la faire dans le milieu entre l'académie et l'industrie, pour la société, avec la société, avec les citoyens.ennes. Il y a le tiers secteur de la recherche qui se construit en France et ailleurs où il y a vraiment une organisation, une motivation de beaucoup de personnes, derrière, pour valoriser toute la science qui se fait, que ça soit de la science citoyenne, ou de la corecherche entre académiques et citoyens.ennes – énormément de choses... Il y a des associations de patients qui se motivent pour faire des projets de recherche, il y a des amateurs de nature, donc il y a vraiment une masse de choses qu'on peut faire. Vraiment, les compétence de docteur, on peut vraiment les mettre au profit de projets citoyens. Et c'est ce qu'essaie de faire Klask!, en fait. »



    « Je pense que c'est important d'avoir des personnes de confiance avec lesquelles on peut discuter, en dehors de notre directeur ou directrice de thèse. Et c'est important, aussi, de voir la thèse comme une partie d'un parcours professionnel – en fait, c'est un boulot, ce n'est pas notre vie, ce n'est pas nous. C'est, en fait, juste un boulot, même si on veut le faire très, très bien. C'est très, très important – ce n'est qu'un bou

    • 54 min
    Navigating the Corporate Space With Caolan Kovach-Orr

    Navigating the Corporate Space With Caolan Kovach-Orr

    This week on Papa PhD, I'm talking with Caolan Kovach-Orr about his journey from the wet lab to a career in data science. During our conversation, we talked Caolan's academic journey, about what skills you should focus on as a candidate, today, if you're interested in data science, about the specifics of the interviewing process for data scientist positions, and Caolan shared specific advice based on his experience as a PhD in the corporate space, so be ready to take notes!

    What you’ll learn about in this episode:

    Why you shouldn't compare yourself to others as an atypical candidateWhat companies are looking for in a candidate, when hiring a PhDWhy you should invest in learning PythonHow a public track record of writing code can help you stand out in the hiring processThe importance of letting go of ego when transitioning to a new domainWhen to start networking with potential employersWhat an 11-stage interview process look likeSalary negotiation best practicesDo you enjoy Papa PhD? Leave me a comment here - one short sentence is enough! And be sure to include your Twitter handle – that way, I can thank you personally!



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    Caolan Kovach-Orr Caolan earned his PhD in theoretical biology from McGill in 2015, his thesis focused on predator-prey interactions. He started, in industry, as a Data Scientist, and currently heads a data science & engineering team for Verisk Analytics. Caolan and his team continue to work on solving novel problems, such as getting regulatory approval for the US's first machine learning based insurance pricing product.

    Thank you, Caolan

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    Caolan’s pearls of wisdom:

    “Data science problems now are actually not that hard to code. There have been a lot of people who've done a lot of work on open-source packages and, you know, 10 years ago somebody who could create a neural net model probably had to write the code for the neural net. Now there's hundreds, if not thousands of packages out there. Everything's kind of pre-configured, so the actual running of a model isn't that difficult. It may be knowing which model to use, knowing how to design your experiments, how to design your tests, how to design your data that can really make the big difference between something that works really well and something that's okay. And that's where you want to be as a PhD, as somebody who can do something really well. Because, honestly, I can teach most undergrads from a comp sci background how to run a neural net in an afternoon, maybe a week. So you don't want to be competing with them – they can just do it okay at that point. You want to be the person who can bring that next level of value.”“Moving up the corporate ladder is not about who's the best. It's just not. It's about who can help the most people. So you don't get that manager, directorship or VP position because you're the smartest person in the room – you get it because you will be able to help the people who report in to you and the people who you report to the most in that position, and so there's almost no room for ego.”

    This episode’s resources:

    Caolan Kovach-Orr | LinkedIn



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    Graydon Snider – Building your path to data scienceSimon Moore – Taking the leap into IndustryMargaret Magdesian – From the bench to entrepreneurshipPaulo Oliveira – Entrepreneurship and outreach as an academic

    • 56 min
    Retelling Your PhD Career Story With Kerri Twigg

    Retelling Your PhD Career Story With Kerri Twigg

    This week on Papa PhD, I'm bringing you my recent conversation with Kerri Twigg, career development coach, TEDx speaker, and author of “The Career Stories Method”. During our conversation, we talked about her book and about how her approach applies to PhDs transitioning out of academia and wanting to learn how to retell the ir graduate school stories. Kerri also turned the tables on me and put my career journey under the microscope, during our chat, which felt vulnerable at first, but was an interesting, refreshing exercice. I think you're really going to like this one!

    What you’ll learn about in this episode:



    Why "brain only" career decisions often fail

    Imposter syndrome in graduate school and after a career transition

    A post-PhD pivot is NOT starting from scratch - it's reorganizing the arrows in your quiver

    The power adopting practices that promote self-love and dial down negative self-talk

    Why the academic CV doesn't work outside academia

    The importance of changing your words

    Why you shouldn't wait to be done to reach out to people in industry



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    Kerri Twigg is the founder of Career Stories. She has been helping people find and share their stories with confidence for nearly 20 years, seven in the career management sector. Kerri helps people figure out what makes them awesome and how that helps their career, whether they aim for a "job-job" or running their own business. And, if they're not sure what kind of work, she helps with that too. She has taught at theatres, universities, and even a boathouse.

    Thank you, Kerri Twigg!

    If you enjoyed this interview with Kerri, let her know by clicking the link below and leaving her a message on Twitter:



    Click here to thank Kerri Twigg on Twitter!



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    Kerri’s pearls of wisdom:

    “I don't think you can start from scratch – I think it's a romantic idea. It's still there... I think it's about finding what's useful, so, what you can carry... What you can carry forward. And then there might be pieces that... There might be pieces that you let burn, right? And there might be dreams that you kind of go "Okay, that's not it." But that dream might have not even been really the dream any how. It's it just the thing that was closest to it, to what you thought you wanted to do, and it led you on the path. That you didn't get that doesn't matter when something else might make you happier and you can have bigger impact with it.”



    “A lot of academics, you'll kind of talk about what you studied or the name of your paper. And when people are hiring you for a job, they want to know how you work and what things you accomplish. And they want specific examples that's just not a name of a paper. Because you could have written a paper, but I don't know if you're a great researcher, I don't know if you're ethical, I don't know if you met the deadlines, I don't know if you helped people. So, on a resume, the how you work is more important than that you got published.”

    This episode’s resources:



    Kerri Twigg | LinkedIn

    Kerri Twigg | Twitter

    Kerri Twigg | Instagram

    Career Stories | Website

    The Career Stories Method | Book





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ameliedelobel ,

Très bon podcast!

Un podcast bilingue qui nous permet de découvrir le parcours de gens inspirants qui ont décidé de procéder à un changement de carrière. Aucun doute que ce balado ait déjà aidé beaucoup de personnes et va continuer d'en inspirer plusieurs autres!

Marco Bernard ,

Un podcast très utile!

Très utile pour les gens en changement de carrière et ceux et celles qui ne trouve pas de boulot dans leur niche à la sortie des bancs d'école. Continue ton bon travail David, un must dans l'univers podcast!

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