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If you follow the narratives of the PhD in the mainstream media you can get really depressed. All the reports are so negative on your job prospects. What’s a PhD student to do? Well, some clever people are turning their minds to the problem and this post concerns a new book on the subject.


For some PhD graduates, transitioning to employment can be harder than attaining their degree. Anna Harrison’s book From Scholar to Dollar addresses the challenge for many people with higher degrees and provides tips from Anna’s experience in academia and commercial consulting.


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How it started...
Like you, I have stood at the crossroads in life and been unsure about which road to take. Possibly unlike you, I have found myself at these crossroads more than once.
My first bite at the PhD in the late 1990’s taught me a valuable lesson: there is little point in taking the academic road if you are not fuelled by passion. These days, students often ask me “How will I know if I have passion?”. The test, I have found, is quite simple: do you dream about it? Do you think about it in your spare time? If the answer is no, then I strongly suggest that you postpone the PhD for a little while.
In 1997, I failed my own passion test, packed my bags and spent the next 15 years working in various tech start-ups around the world. In 2012, I once again stood at the crossroads. This time, I chose the academic road with a little more awareness, wisdom and the requisite amount of passion. I found that the skills I had developed in the start-up world gave me a sense of clarity in mapping out my own pathway through the PhD and beyond. Surprisingly, I discovered that my approach was helpful to others as well.
The 15 steps I describe in the book helped me to finish my PhD, establish a new professional identity and create a successful career strategy in only three years. The same techniques have now helped thousands of readers like you do the same. I hope that you will find From Scholar to Dollar useful in creating your own transition plan to post-degree success.
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