Life After Grad School Getting From A to B

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-05-05
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Most of the 2.5 million graduate students in the U.S. are in programs designed for a career in academics. But the unspoken truth is that less than five percent will realize their dream of becoming a professor. The rest have little idea how to begin making a living in the business world. Life After Grad School is for students in all academic disciplines, with or without a Ph.D. This book illuminates the transition from academia to a satisfying and well-paying job with a company, government agency, or not-for-profit organization. Realistic and reassuring, it helps students structure their decision about leaving academics, and orients them to the culture of business. Readers learn how to adapt the knowledge and skills developed in grad school for business applications. Written for intelligent, mature students, the book provides practical tools and generates the confidence to find fulfilling alternative careers. Jerald Jellison, an authority on personal change, presents a clear, concrete roadmap that thoughtfully explains how to: identify "good" starter jobs, move from a CV to a compelling resume, present academic experience as a plus to interviewers, find businesses that are compatible with graduate training, and much, much more. He illustrates how to craft a winning "elevator pitch" (a quick way to advance your cause with business people), create a contact network, locate free job search resources, search and apply for jobs, and handle difficult interview questions. The book includes advice on landing a job, negotiating an optimal work agreement, and positioning yourself for future career advances. The only such book in print, Life After Grad School provides invaluable guidance for graduate students facing this most challenging career move.

Author Biography

Jerald Jellison has been a Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern California for three decades. For fifteen years he taught a skills-based course on transitioning from the university to business. He is Chairman of the Board of a 400 million dollar financial institution. His books include Managing the Dynamics of Change: The Fastest Path to Creating an Engaged and Productive Workplace and Overcoming Resistance: A Practical Guide to Change in the Workplace.

Table of Contents

Leaving the Academic World
Deciding to Decide
Occupation IQ
Giving Up Your Religion
Get Real
You Can Be a Little Bit Pregnant
That's My Story & I'm Sticking to It
Entering the Business World
What Will Make You Happy?
One Path Versus Many
Your Career Trajectory
What's Your Function?
Who Are You?
Map It Out
Creating A Transition Toolkit
CV&R: Curriculum Vita and Resume
Assets and Liabilities
Righting Your Resume
More School?
What Time Is It?
Free Coaching
Landing A Job
Developing a Job Search Plan
Death, Taxes, and Networking
Your Elevator Speech
Outside In
Information Interviews
Job Interviews
Succeeding in Your New Job
The First 100 Days
Behavioral Do's and Don'ts
The Art of Office Politics
What You Don't Know
Buyer's Remorse - Having Second Thoughts
Creating Your Next Job
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