Conversations and real talk on women in STEM, the grad school grind, and inclusive science.
Post PhD Paths: Sally’s Industry Job Hunt
Preparing to apply for industry jobs but have no idea what to expect? In this episode, Sally shares her personal experience and practical advice about finding a job in industry such as how to ace a phone screen and what even is a “hiring manager.” She spent 8 pandemic months looking for her first post-PhD role so you don’t have to! In addition to going deep into her biggest job hunt heartbreaks, Sally reads some poetry she wrote about her job hunt journey - enjoy!
Post-PhD Paths: Technical Consulting with Dr. Jessica Vargas
Plenty of PhDs go into consulting after graduation, but what do consultants actually do? Dr. Jessica Vargas from Exponent joins Kayla and Sally to discuss her journey from chemistry PhD to technical consultant. We chat about her grad school exit strategy and her transition from individual contributor to manager. We also address the most pressing questions such as... how many hours do consultants really work? We are stoked to share Jess’s story with you all, and her team is hiring - search for polymer or analytical chemistry roles in Exponent’s Menlo Park location! https://www.exponent.com/careers
Post-PhD Paths: Applying to Academia and Industry with Dr. Serah Kang
Sally and Kayla welcome Dr. Serah Kang to discuss her experience applying for academic postdoc positions and industry roles. After completing her PhD, Serah spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Gladstone Institute and now is a senior scientist at Genetech. Serah also discusses how her applications and job decisions were impacted by transhood and how employers can attract and support trans scientists. This is the first in a new series about finding your path after getting your PhD! Stay tuned!!
Parental Leave and Returning to Work
Caring for a new baby is a full-time job - and then some! In this episode, Sally and Kayla share their experience with parental leave and returning to work after the birth of their kiddos. This is a followup to our “Pregnancy in Graduate School” episode and is a must-listen for anyone thinking about becoming a parent or anyone wanting to be a better colleague or supervisor to (potential) new parents. We also discuss how institutional parental leave policies can support parents in STEM and the potential benefits of doing so. Interviewing while pregnant or pumping - practical advice for making it work University parental leave policies - discusses the value of accessible parental leave policies for graduate students and postdocsPregnantscholar.org - generally useful resource for learning your Title IX rights and generating Title IX compliant policies for your university Great water bottle for breastfeeding parents
Pregnancy in Grad School
Is grad school the “right time” to have a baby? What is it like to be pregnant while working in a lab? How should you interact with your pregnant colleagues? In this episode, Sally and Kayla share their experiences and discuss what institutions can do to support pregnant students and student parents.
Surviving "The Slump"
Ah, the slump - that mid-PhD abyss when goals are ambiguous, motivation is waning, and stress is overwhelming. Dr. Emily Lingeman joins Sally and Kayla to discuss her own PhD slump and how she got back on track. Dr. Lingerman also shares strategies to destress and know when "just exercise!" won't be enough. Don’t fear - the slump is normal and you can get through it!
This is the podcast I needed when I was in grad school! It hits on everything scientists struggle with, all in our real world context of diversity, inclusion, and lack thereof.
Fantastic and real!
Phenomenal podcast and a must listen for anyone working in STEM, navigating academia, or passionate about these issues. Hosts have great perspective on grad school and women in STEM life. Relatable, fun hosts bring guests’ stories to life. Can't wait for new episodes!!
Great insights into women in STEM
I have been following the podcast for a while and they have some really cool episodes that are highly relevant to our day-to-day life in grad school. Learned a lot on effective communication and conflict management in science. Also the episode of women's health in 20s can't be more informative. Highly recommend to everyone in the world of STEM.