Grad School Sucks

Grad School Sucks

Hosted by: Matthew Carlson, PhD

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...

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Five Data Analytics Lessons From My First 18 Months

Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/FQ55tNKj_A4  I've been a data analyst for just over 18 months and I've learned a few things along the way. Those lessons include: 1. the important of an underrated...
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Make Your Academic Exit | Tory Wobber, PhD

Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/XFXrhHT0BVM  *** In this episode, I interview master PhD career coach and consultant: Tory Wobber, PhD. Tory got her PhD in human evolutionary biology before leaving...
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Seven Reasons to Go Industry (with Your PhD)

Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/nxPDaaRyzyM  Hey folks! Today I'm sharing seven reasons why industry PhDs told me that they love their non-academic careers. These reasons include: - Not having to feel...
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Preparing for Job Interviews with Six Stories

Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/gevvgYX7thw Hey folks! Job interviews suck, which is why it’s good to be prepared for them. In this episode, I discuss six stories that I think you should prepare to use...
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Behavioral Science, Finance, and The Ultimate Guide to Doing a PhD | Merle van den Akker, PhD

Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/cXC8zxHx0w4 Today I'm talking with Merle, a PhD financial consultant who lives in Australia. After getting her PhD in behavioral science, Merle then broke into the...
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13 Questions about Going Industry after a PhD

Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/lTBKgM7W47Q  In this episode, I answer 13 questions from Instagram about how to get your first non-academic job. Here are the questions I answer: 1. What do you actually...
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