Jennifer Polk, PhD (she, her)

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Hello! I used this expression with a group of Australians of earlier. (After a US person said it to me even earlier, so it was on my mind.) Do you know what "(from) soup to nuts" means? 🍵👉🏻🥜🌰
As one of them said about the benefit of attending these: "You aren't alone." You get to learn from me, sure (and obviously I'm awesome), but really it's about the community support, learning from each other, sharing your knowledge and experience, feeling pumped to keep it up!
Context: I host these discussions / Q&As every two week for PhDs in my program (this one: courses.fromphdtolife.com/bundles/phd-ca…). Today we had a social science postdoc, a former health research associate, and a former tenure-track arts professor / current non-profit director. Plus me!
In today's live discussion we talked about preparing for a job fair, how to track all the info you're learning about jobs, requesting informational interviews, the benefits of networking, learn new skills from part-time short-term contract work (teaching, in this case), more!
LinkedIn is a lot more social than you might realize, and while it's a lot less fun (assuming you consider Twitter fun like I do) it's a good place to be. Here's me: linkedin.com/in/jennifer-po…
Izzy is very cosy this afternoon
From a PhD client who got the job! "The process was definitely made easier by the program. It genuinely helped me, and I'm really grateful. I didn't know where to start. And having this structure really helped me." Join: courses.fromphdtolife.com/bundles/phd-ca… courses.fromphdtolife.com/bundles/phd-ca…
I wish all PhD students and postdocs had access to stellar resources and support for launching varied job searches, but I know that's not always the case, and that other PhDs also need help! It's why I created this resource: fromphdtolife.com/phd-job-search…
Want to join my PhD Career Clarity Program? Do that soon to save $100! Details below. twitter.com/FromPhDtoLife/…
You could still ask for supplementary materials, but they'd be brief, like a 1-page list of select publications & presentations.
Imagine if academia did away with all these and instead embraced 2-page resumes (tailored narrative emphasizing skills & accomplishments in context) and 1-page cover letters (to get at interest in position + demonstrated values & strengths) and did ref checks instead of letters? twitter.com/AstroKatie/sta…
[poll] Academics: when reading job applications, which of the following has the strongest impact on your impression of the candidate’s skills/ability?
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Academics: please, your recommendation letter does not need to include that the postdoc candidate is “a very pretty and pleasant girl” 😑
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Does anyone (other than @ravenscimaven) own her periodic table dress? It's so cool. I may need it. smartypants.store/collections/sc…
@FromPhDtoLife @JoVanEvery @academic_happy I quite enjoy LinkedIn and wish more academics would start using it regularly!
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So this is neat. I looked at who was watching my video training for PhDs (on the job search). About half in the US, and large numbers from Canada, the UK, and western Europe. + India, Australia, South Africa, Nigeria, and elsewhere too! 65 countries. fromphdtolife.com/phd-job-search…
Fun! I've done 150 @flowdotclub co-working sessions. I'm a host on the platform and a participant. See you there sometime? in.flow.club/i/m/Jennifer29…
I've never been an early adopter of new things -- I only joined Twitter in Nov 2009 (with a different account) -- so I will not be joining other social platforms, including Mastodon yet / ever. (I have other serious concerns about these platforms, but that's a different point.)
I'm building a following on LinkedIn so we can continue our conversations over there in case Twitter collapses in on itself: ca.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-po…
When you're struck and don't know what to do, sometimes you've got to go straight to an expert. If your issue is in my wheelhouse, I'm happy to talk. Here's where you can book a meeting with me: bookme.name/jenniferpolk/l…
If your academic career isn't giving you the joy it once did, might there be something better out there for you? Here's how to answer that question before you launch a full job search: fromphdtolife.com/phd-job-search…
The next live community call (Zoom meeting) for folks in the PhD Career Clarity Program is tmrw! I do these every 2 weeks, Tues 12pm ET. If you're planning on joining at some point, do it in the next week to save $100. Decide what's next and get there: courses.fromphdtolife.com/bundles/phd-ca…
A lot of PhDs are nervous about doing informational interviews. You've been in their shoes; you get it. Add yourself to my list of networking contacts for my clients. fromphdtolife.com/phd-networking…
This morning I'm using Gmail's Templates feature and Schedule Send. Do you know about these features? support.google.com/a/users/answer… You can draft an email, save it as a template, and then load it up anytime you want to use it! Schedule Send is for scheduling emails to go out later.
Good morning! I never have meetings on Mondays. Today I do the work I don't have time or patience for on busier days. Hope your day is a good one (in spite of everything).
I 🧡 podcasts. 🎧 If you do too, here are 15 recommendations (in no particular order) for podcasts about writing, research and academic life. A thread. �#AcademicChattert#ECRchath#PostDocDoc
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Your higher ed employer, though they certainly don’t really care at all, invite you to assess students this semester like things are most certainly normal when not only do things remain not normal, but said employer is massively contributing to ongoing harms.
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Yet I repeatedly see infectious disease MDs offering sweeping opinions in public about the effectiveness of respirators mitigating disease transmission. Being an expert in disease does not qualify you to speak about a highly engineered device whose function is based in physics.
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Saw a tweet earlier about how if Twitter goes away we'll lose out on professors telling on themselves and... Let me assure you that they're doing that over on LinkedIn no problem! Check out this biochem prof at a US medical school, calling "Coach Jennifer" a "mask nazi." 🤡B
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Oh no. So this is why even if folks understand Covid is airborne they still don't understand why they need to mask up? 😫😵‍💫 What a massive, lasting, deadly communication failurlvX
And, while this intro training is definitely free, if you want the whole step-by-step program with additional resources, a private online community, and regular support from me, it's on sale this week ($100 off!). Pay only US$397 for access to everything. courses.fromphdtolife.com/bundles/phd-ca…
Want to connect with me on LinkedIn? I recommend including a brief message to make sure I see your connection request.
I teach PhDs, including postdocs and professors, how to decide what they want to do next, once academia is no longer a match for what they need or want. fromphdtolife.com/phd-job-search…
Saw a tweet earlier about how if Twitter goes away we'll lose out on professors telling on themselves and... Let me assure you that they're doing that over on LinkedIn no problem! Check out this biochem prof at a US medical school, calling "Coach Jennifer" a "mask nazi." 🤡B
Good morning, good folks of Twitter! Tell me about your favourite sweaters and cold-weather pants (trousers). Plus, I want to know all your tips for staying cosy outside when it's below freezing, cloudy, and windy.
The view from the couch. Two cats.
I hung out with a little black cat today! (And adult and child humans.) Cute!
If you're considering non-academic career paths, sign up for @FromPhDtoLife to access FREE resources to help you with your journey. Take charge of your career! twitter.com/FromPhDtoLife/…
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Apropos of Twitter bugginess, make sure you're following me on LinkedIn too!
At a certain point you either live your values or you accept those aren't your values. Determining what your values actually are is an important part of career discernment -- figuring out what the heck you want to do -- so me going on about all this is absolutely on brand.
I say the same for all academics, researchers, anyone working in science and health. So yes, I'm definitely wondering why so many PhDs are hanging out at conferences without ever wearing a mask. It's not okay because it's not just about you. twitter.com/ChuckWurster/s…
Sign up today to access my free resource for PhDs thinking about leaving academia. Starting assumption: You don't have to already know what you want in your career to make truly meaningful progress toward your goals. fromphdtolife.com/phd-job-search…
Please wear a properly fitted respirator, get vaccinated and protect yourself and those you love. There is nothing mild about this virus, and we are only just scratching the surface at finding out just what kind of damage this does. End/
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Morning! Thinking about cold pizza for breakfast (the best) and how if you're a grad student or postdoc (esp. in a discipline where co-authoring is the norm) then your primary purpose as a student or postdoc seems to be to support your advisor's career, not develop your own. 🤔
1/ Excited to share our new paper "Labor advantages drive the greater productivity of faculty at elite universities" in @ScienceAdvances with @hneutr @DanLarremore @aaronclauset: scim.ag/AV Why do faculty publication rates increase so much with prestige? Let’s go:🧵I
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OK— w/ twitter possibly collapsing, here’s a thread of 25* +/- things I’ve learned in or about the academy that I wish every Black woman, first gen, low income, LGBT+, all the above, etc. grad student should know, learn, or do. *25 = 1 for every yr I spent in formal EDU. 🫶🏽🫣
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As I cleared out my office in work I just couldn’t bare to throw out the hard bound thesis produced by wonderful students over the years. So they’ve all come home with me. This is just one of the “thesis” mountains I’ve built.
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The extra cheese was absolutely the right call, btw. Sad pizza is deeply disappointing and I deserved better than that tonight.
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