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From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | September 04 2020

Her biggest piece of advice? You absolutely must take the lead for yourself.

Sunny Chan earned her PhD in English literary studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently a co-op program specialist at Ryerson University's Career and Co-op Centre, and also works as a creative writing instructor, artist, and freelance academic editor. You can contact her...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/transition-q-a-sunny-chan-co-op-program-specialist/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | June 29 2020

Three things that surprise Dragos Popa about working for the federal government? The complexity of the work, the pace, and the workload.

Dragos Popa earned his PhD from Carleton University in political science. He is now a seasoned leader within the Government of Canada, with broad experience in public policy, program development, and results-based management. For a decade (2004-2014), he taught graduate and post-graduate courses...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/transition-q-a-dragos-popa-manager-at-health-canada/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | December 13 2019

“Throughout grad school, I always thought about how I could leverage my research, writing, analytical, and communication skills if an academic job never panned out.”

Mike Commito earned his PhD in history from McMaster University. He's now the director of applied research and innovation at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario. Mike is also the author of Hockey 365: Daily Stories from the Ice and a writer for the LA Kings. Follow him on Twitter https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/transition-q-a-mike-commito-director-of-applied-research-and-innovation/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | November 15 2019
Sarah Lockyer, an Acadian from New Brunswick, earned her PhD in bioarchaeology at Bournemouth University in the U.K. She is now the Canadian Armed Forces's casualty identification coordinator and forensic anthropologist. She can be found on Twitter @s_lock...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/transition-q-a-sarah-lockyer-forensic-anthropologist/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | November 01 2019

You do not have to accept the labour conditions that have become the norm in universities, even if you are passionate about research and teaching.

Anaïs Bertrand-Dansereau, PhD, is a sociologist who earned her MA from UQAM in Montreal, and a doctorate from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She is now living her best life in Ottawa, working as a mixed methods researcher for the governme...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/transition-q-a-anais-bertrand-dansereau-mixed-methods-researcher/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | August 09 2019

“I’m surprised, in a good way, by the extent to which some of my personal traits, which were not of particular help to me in academia, are very helpful to me at my current job,” says Sarah.

Sarah Culpeper earned her PhD at the University of Virginia in critical and comparative studies in music. She's now an HR generalist, HR organizational services, at the Library of Parliament in Ottawa. Connect with her on Continue reading. ...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/transition-q-a-sarah-culpeper-phd/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | May 07 2019

“Fundamentally my overarching objective is to support researchers in driving their research program via securing national, European, or international funding awards and grants,” says Hayley.

Hayley Furlong earned her PhD in radiobiology from the Dublin Institute of Technology (now TU Dublin) and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in reproductive biology at McMaster University. Since 2017, she’s been the research program officer for the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute in Trin...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/transition-q-a-hayley-furlong-research-program-officer/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | August 24 2018

Moving from a PhD in religious studies to working at a teaching and learning centre has sparked an interest in communications and marketing for Dr. Muravchick.

Rose earned her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in religious studies in 2014. She is currently the assistant director of the Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning at the University of Delaware. Follow her on Twitter Continue reading. ...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/transition-q-a-rose-muravchick-assistant-director/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | July 10 2018
Helen Kang earned her PhD in sociology, with a focus on medical sociology and history, from Simon Fraser University. She is now a self-employed consultant who specializes in health-care communication. Find her online on Continue reading ...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/transition-q-a-helen-kang-health-care-communication-consultant/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | May 21 2018
Victoria Abboud, PhD, holds a bachelor of science and honours bachelor of arts degrees from the University of Windsor. She earned MA and PhD degrees in English literary and cultural studies (minor in rhetoric and composition) at Wayne State University. While completing her doctorate, and after s...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/transition-q-a-victoria-m-abboud-program-manager/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | July 14 2017
Niem Huynh earned her PhD from Wilfrid Laurier University in geography (geography education). She is currently enjoying her role as manager, graduate student recruitment at Concordia University where she works with stakeholders to implement timely and meaningful connections with prospective grad...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/transition-q-niem-huynh-manager-graduate-student-recruitment/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | May 25 2017

“There are no limits to what a PhD can prepare you to do, and what matters most is that you are doing work you find fulfilling and that meets your practical needs, not whether or not your advisers approve or your school sees you as a ‘success.’”

Alisa Harrison earned her PhD from Duke University in 2008 (history & African American studies). Since then, she has worked as a consultant and executive in the public and non-profit sectors. She draws on her expertise in power relations, democratic movement-building, and community organizin...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/transition-q-alisa-harrison-executive-director-victoria-division-family-practice/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | March 31 2017

“I knew what the government needed — someone to help them better respond to the public through thoughtful research design.”

James McKee earned his MA in political theory from the University of Toronto and left a PhD program in international relations. He's currently director of research for the executive council of the Government of Alberta. Follow him on Twitter @tallpoli...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/transition-q-james-mckee-director-research/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | March 02 2017
Dr. Lisa Bélanger is an award-winning researcher, innovator, and she is CEO of ConsciousWorks, a consulting...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/transition-q-lisa-belanger-innovator-ceo/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | February 23 2017

“As an anthropologist, I would never have access to the hospital in such ways.”

Stacy Lockerbie earned her PhD in anthropology from McMaster University in 2014. She is currently a research associate in the department of family medicine at the University of Calgary. Find her Continue reading at and follow her on Twitter https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/transition-q-stacy-lockerbie-research-associate-family-medicine/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | February 14 2017

Hillary Hutchinson earned a MA in social anthropology and a MEd in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She’s now a career coach specializing in academic writing and the transition out of academia.

Hillary Hutchinson earned a MA in social anthropology and a MEd in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She’s a career coach who specializes in academic writing and transitioning out of academia. Find her online at transitioningyourlif...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/transition-q-hillary-hutchinson-career-coach/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | December 12 2016
Lino Coria earned his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia. He's currently a computer vision engineer at Wiivv Wearables and partner at Scribble Consulting. Find him online Continue reading and follow him on Twitter https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/transition-q-lino-coria/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | December 01 2016
Jennifer Askey earned her PhD in Germanic languages and literature from Washington University in St. Louis and then worked as an assistant, then associate professor of German at Kansas State University, followed by stints as a special project coordinator at Wilfrid Laurier University, and associ...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/transition-q-jennifer-askey/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | November 24 2016
Maura Elizabeth Cunningham earned her PhD in modern Chinese history from the University of California, Irvine in 2014. She's currently social media manager at the Association for Asian Studies in Ann Arbor, MI. Find her online at Continue reading and...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/transition-q-maura-elizabeth-cunningham/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | October 12 2016
Anne Trubek earned her PhD in English from Temple University. She was formerly as...
https://universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/transition-q-a-anne-trubek/
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