Some people spend energy working on their weaknesses, but you might be better off identifying and leveraging your strengths. Lucy Chikwetu shares her story of strengths carrying her from the dusty streets of Mucheke, Masyingo, Zimbabwe to an engineering Ph.D. program at Duke.
How scary do the words “Academic Job Market” sound? Now try to say these words with a foreign accent, draft a cover letter with a different language interfering with your (very professional) writing, and decipher a job ad without the advantage of a lifetime in the U.S. to understand how the American higher education system actually works. A series of workshops designed by graduate students in Romance Studies helped them overcome some of these challenges during job application season.
Max Brzezinski is Marketing Director for Carolina Soul Records and author of the forthcoming book Vinyl Age: The Carolina Soul Guide to Record Collecting. His job calls on the theoretical acumen and the research skills he developed in his English PhD program as he communicates his passion for recorded music. He shares advice for how to successfully complete a PhD in a way that will help you stay happy and find a job you love.
"Don't be afraid. It can be hard to jump into industry because you're really educated, but not super experienced. You just have to have confidence in the fact that you can go and do a fantastic job, and that will speak for itself. Go get experience. People in industry will recognize when you are working hard and doing well."