Jennifer Polk, PhD (she, her)

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(And PSA to everyone else: Quit implying -- or saying outright -- that PhDs should feel guilty!)
I usually suggest starting with my free career clarity training, but if you already know you want to join my paid PhD Career Clarity Program, you can do that here: courses.fromphdtolife.com/bundles/phd-ca…
Am I good at reading papers? No. But am I good at sending new paper links to my lab Slack because I scroll science Twitter all day? Absolutely.
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Academia loses talent when it doesn't make room for that talent. 100% academia's own fault and 0% of the talent needs to feel guilty about it. In the real world we all live in you have to do right by yourself and your people, and if that means academia doesn't get you, so be it.
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@FromPhDtoLife This idea, that many of us are not going into the academy because we don't want to, rather than because there are dwindling reasonable career paths within it, makes me want to bash my head against a wall.
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Advisors' words can weigh very heavily, so you've got to be even more careful. Nuance is easily lost in translation in these exchanges.
I assume from the thread @RyanDEnos basically agrees, but I want to be very clear that I don't want advisors saying this in any way. I made a similar point here 👇�fromphdtolife.com/2021/11/08/cho…8z
No. Do not say this, do not imply it, do not go there. Academic culture guilts folks -- esp folks who are marginalized in the academy -- into sacrificing themselves for the good of students or science or scholarship. Don't shore up a bad hegemonic narrative that harms people. twitter.com/RyanDEnos/stat…
I've always cared so much more (vastly, vastly more) for individuals who live & work within systems, cultures, and institutions than I have for those systems, cultures, or institutions themselves. I care about the people, always. That's why I work with people, to help them.
Attn *ALL* Canadian scientists & engineers! Sign open letter to @JustinTrudeau & @FP_Champagne (bit.ly/3vWWDQt) asking the CDN Gov to increase @NSERC_CRSNG graduate student funding to above the poverty line & #PDFs to a reasonable wage. Pls RT & spread the word!!
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- @FromPhDtoLife tells you how to take a professional headshot for $0, - @beprolifiko shares a post about grief-induced writer's block, and - @DrHelenKara posts a reading list for Indigenous research methods. Check it out at the #WhisperCollective: thewhispercollective.net 2/2
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Academia loses talent when it doesn't make room for that talent. 100% academia's own fault and 0% of the talent needs to feel guilty about it. In the real world we all live in you have to do right by yourself and your people, and if that means academia doesn't get you, so be it.
PSA: Did you know you can now add AND access alt-text for images on Twitter even if you don't use a screenreader? Yup! If you're sharing an image, take a few extra seconds to describe it.
are you in or in charge of a grad student group that wants to bring me in? let's chat - i have special rates for grad students who organize workshops! buff.ly/3a8wlPc
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If more folks in academia entered that profession with some psychological distance from academic culture, I think that would be a good thing, eh?
For graduate students and postdocs, or folks who used to be them: What are the most important or helpful things your university can do for your career? What services, resources, or products should they provide? Uni = career offices, grad schools & faculties, depts, professors.
Will you attend an *in-person conference* or similar event in 2022? (I mean something likely optional but considered good for your career and probably lasting more than a day.)
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It's May, and that means September is in 4 months. That means now is a great time to start planning your next step, job- or career-wise. There's a process that will help you wind up in the right position. Learn the steps: fromphdtolife.com/phd-job-search… fromphdtolife.com/phd-job-search…
Did you defend your dissertation? Congratulations! Did you buy a house? Yay! Are you entering a PhD program? I'm so happy for you!!! Well done! Best wishes! Academia can be toxic and discouraging. Let's put out the fire and support one another. ❤️
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It's fun to talk with people who share your interest! This is why networking is fun, even if it doesn't seem like it.
Are you a #gradstudent or #postdoc who is unsure about a career in academia long-term? Not sure how to find your niche outside academia? You won’t want to miss this week’s episode with Dr. Leslie Wang! #AcademicTwitter #PhDadvice #PhDchat #AltAcChats pfforphds.com/this-prof-is-t…
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You love your headshot, right? Well, if not, I know you're in good company and this is the post you need. Because it turns out you can take a professional headshot on your phone for $0 at home. Yup! No lies. Upload your new photo on here and LinkedIn! fromphdtolife.com/2022/05/11/how…
Calling all #UofT students! May 18, we're welcoming career coach Dr. Jen Polk (@FromPhDtoLife) for a workshop on launching your non-academic career. Hit the ground running in your search and find a job you love. Learn more and register at bit.ly/3M4hqHF.
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Join me this morning (and every Wednesday) for free co-working. Register and learn more here: fromphdtolife.com/services/co-wo…
One of my mentors heard that I was considering ANOTHER major service commitment, called me up, said "WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING? SHUT UP. Tell them no", and then hung up. 😂❤️😂
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This is such a good point!! I wasted months at the start of my job search applying for jobs willy-nilly, hoping something would *stick* but not having truly assessed the fit & responsibilities. Being intentional will make your job search process more efficient! ✨ #AltAcChats twitter.com/FromPhDtoLife/…
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Will you attend an *in-person conference* or similar event in 2022? (I mean something likely optional but considered good for your career and probably lasting more than a day.)
One of the topics in today's group call for folks in my PhD Career Clarity Program was the value of *not* applying for jobs. Not applying gives you time to reflect & research what you actually want, and time & energy to prep for interviews for the roles you already applied for!
Here's my recommended reading list -- career and job search books for PhDs: fromphdtolife.com/resources/reco…
When I left academia, it was kicking and screaming. I wanted to stay, but I didn't see a way to survive. In retrospect, it was the best thing that could have happened to me. @AcademicChatter #phdlife roostervane.com/regret/
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"Visiting Scholar" sounds like a real and legitimate job title in academia but I suspect most non-academic hiring managers won't have a clue what the heck it means, even if they decide you didn't just give yourself a fake job title for when you went on vacation that one time.
I've started hosting co-working sessions on @flowdotclub, in addition to my own regular Wed morning sessions. flow.club Ask me for an invite if you want to join the club! I have a few free invites to give away to folks who are keen to co-work.
#AWepic2022 is the largest virtual trainee #conference in #AgeTech. Join us from May 30-June 10 for exciting presentations, workshops, and networking events by trainees, stakeholders, and network partners. All welcome & registration is free: agewell-nce.ca/epic-conference #epicHQP
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So much parenting operates on the assumption that my time is worthless but luckily I prepared by getting a PhD in history
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Your PhD advisors want what's best for you. (Or they're jerks and they don't.) If the former, it doesn't hold that they know WHAT is best, or HOW you will achieve it. Only you can know that. Take advantage of helpful, relevant support and advice. Leave the rest. Live your life.
I don't want any PhD (including professors!) to feel stuck in a career that's no longer working for them. Spend time this summer clarifying your new vision and making it a reality come fall. fromphdtolife.com/phd-job-search…
Late to this, but Backstreet Boys > NSYNC * This tweet brought to you by my home workout
This is a rare title drop-down I can't complain about!!
I guess publication prestige is one of those areas that no one wants to talk about because it doesn't hold up to even basic scrutiny, but nevertheless forms the basis for how we evaluate scholarly work! So weird!
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i'm hosting a summer planning workshop. all the tools and strategies you need to build a flexible, but concrete plan for the next few months! this is a community exclusive, so if you want in, it's $5/month, plus all the other features of the community! buff.ly/3FvuOlz
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I don't usually share this link publicly. Here's where you can learn more about (and join!) my PhD Career Clarity Program. It's for PhD holders who need to clarify their career path so they can confidently market themselves for jobs they actually want. courses.fromphdtolife.com/bundles/phd-ca…
the absolute shock I feel when someone brings up something I tweeted in person??? like no that was PRIVATE, it was between me and the entire internet
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Did you know I have a paid program for PhDs looking to confidently apply for their next job, even if you don't have a clue what direction to go in yet? Start with this free training fromphdtolife.com/phd-job-search…
Watch this video and it will save you HOURS of informational interviews! If you love reading and writing science, a MedComms career could be perfect for you. Vicky has given a great summary on the types of #MedComms career tracks on the sciencejob market. #hirePhD #phdchat twitter.com/BiomedBadass/s…
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Should you WRITE a script for your presentation? ✍️ Should you PRACTICE your presentation? 🗣 The answer is yes & yes, but chances are neither of these are what you think they are. 😱 Find out whyed.gr/d08egxl #DiversityInSteme#WomenInSciencece
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I don't know what a "chief experience officer" does either but I'm not going to scoff about it in the same way I try not to roll my eyes at "visiting assistant professor." People who live in glass houses etc.
Job titles outside academia can seem pretty silly, if you're used to university position names. But think of it the other way around: Imagine someone unfamiliar with academia trying to understand what a "fellow" is, or grasp the difference between an assistant or associate prof.
Fans of Historians At The Movies, we've got a big month lined up for you. I'll be taking a hiatus from running the #HATM show so we've got some awesome folks guest hosting! First, at 8pm EDT on May 8 follow @JacobABlackwell for TURNING RED on @disneyplus 1/
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