81 episodes

The weekly podcast where we believe that your life and career after grad school should rock.

Join us as we interview current and former graduate students who have used their academic skills to craft amazing careers in entrepreneurship, industry/business, non-profit, and policy/government as well as academic careers.

If you are wondering about your career options after grad school, then this podcast is for you.

Grad School Sucks Matthew Carlson, PhD

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    • 4.9 • 15 Ratings

The weekly podcast where we believe that your life and career after grad school should rock.

Join us as we interview current and former graduate students who have used their academic skills to craft amazing careers in entrepreneurship, industry/business, non-profit, and policy/government as well as academic careers.

If you are wondering about your career options after grad school, then this podcast is for you.

    Ashley Ruba Returns: Tech Layoffs, Coaching, and the Value of a PhD

    Ashley Ruba Returns: Tech Layoffs, Coaching, and the Value of a PhD

    Ashley Ruba joins the podcast again!

    Topics:


    Working in tech & the recent tech layoffs
    The current state of the job market, particularly the user research experience market
    Her coaching program that she started earlier this year
    Hot take on the value of getting a PhD

    Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/V-iTRJPtZUM

    Join the waitlist for Ashley’s program: https://ashleyruba.ck.page/afteracademia

    Follow Ashley on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashleyruba-phd/

    Check out Ashley’s website: https://ashleyruba.com

    Note: Ashley pushed back the release date of her podcast. Join her newsletter at the link below to find out when it’s released.

    Get Ashley’s newsletter: https://ashleyruba.ck.page/newsletter

    ⬇️ Links to Ashley’s previous interview on the podcast

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grad-school-sucks/id1647212731?i=1000606478007

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/6RZS5YyMSIevybsfD5qO5K?si=05794cd3de44475c

    YouTube: https://youtu.be/WMcc8_daL_I?si=-A-TizTjNdwHlqKM 

    • 48 min
    Pharma’s Not Evil w/ Mark (Life Science Career Coach)

    Pharma’s Not Evil w/ Mark (Life Science Career Coach)

    This week I spoke with Mark (aka Life Science Career Coach on Instagram) who got his PhD in neuroscience about…


    Why working for pharma isn’t evil
    Academic vs. industry work-life balance
    How life science grads can swiftly move to industry

    Mark on Instagram: www.instagram.com/lifesciencecareercoach

    Note: Mark requested to remain anonymous, so there is no video portion for this interview.

    • 33 min
    The End of Grad School Sucks?

    The End of Grad School Sucks?

    In this short episode, I discuss why I'm ending my content creation journey with the "brand" Grad School Sucks at the end of this month (May 2024) and what to expect in the next few weeks as I publish the final episodes.

    Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/jbkz9-7Qu8I 

    • 6 min
    Kill Your Darlings w/ Technical Writer Elizabeth Preston, PhD

    Kill Your Darlings w/ Technical Writer Elizabeth Preston, PhD

    Humanities degrees, entrepreneurship, and more! In this episode, I interview Elizabeth Preston, PhD.

    We talk about her (multiple) jobs in the writing space, her experiences with adjuncting, and why you should "kill your darlings" when writing your first industry resume as you leave academia.

    LINKS

    Connect with Elizabeth on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ekpreston/

    Hurley Write: https://www.hurleywrite.com/

    The Writing Docs podcast: https://www.hurleywrite.com/podcasts

    Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture (Achieving Your Childhood Dreams): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo

    My Six Week Checklist: https://www.gradschoolsucks.com/sixweekchecklist 

    • 33 min
    Five Reasons Why PhDs Make Great Data Analysts

    Five Reasons Why PhDs Make Great Data Analysts

    Hey folks! Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/tA8s-NxmyP8 

    Here's five reasons why I think many PhDs would and do make great data analysts:

    1. Curiosity

    2. Experience with data

    3. Stats programs/packages

    4. Self-taught

    5. Persistency

    Register for my free upcoming live workshop on how to use your academic skills and experiences to start a data analyst career: https://www.gradschoolsucks.com/pl/2148301793 

    • 10 min
    Three Mistakes that Cost Me $12,000 on the Data Analyst Job Market

    Three Mistakes that Cost Me $12,000 on the Data Analyst Job Market

    Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/tEJ-nnA0C1w

    Here are three mistakes I made when I was hunting for a data analyst job. Don't make these!

    1. Didn't pick a specific job title to pursue

    2. Didn't make a resume that was worth reading

    3. Didn't learn the tools required

    Register for my upcoming live online workshop on how to use your PhD to jumpstart a non-academic career in data analytics: https://www.gradschoolsucks.com/registration-page-6dc07d64-8a02-47d8-b635-be4614eb2316 

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Savvyoung ,

Meaningful content and down to earth

I love Matt’s (Dr. Carlson’s) podcast - it’s filling a gap I didn’t even know I had following graduate school. I wish I had it when I was a student. Matt is warm, charming, and for a quant researcher he’s incredibly talented at the interview methodology 😉! Highly highly recommend all grad students and hopeful grad students listen in. We need to know the real stories of what happens after the cap!

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