Jennifer Polk operates “From PhD to Life,” a website and coaching service for graduate students, PhDs, and academics. She blogs for University Affairs and writes, tweets, and speaks publicly about graduate education and career outcomes for advanced degree holders.
In this episode we talk all about how to take your academic skills and transfer them, whether to a school, business, think tank, or charity. Jen explains why the best place to start is to figure out which part of academia you like most and build a career up from there.
As a coach, she works one-on-one and in groups to help clients clarify and prioritize their goals, focus their efforts, and plan and carry out action steps. Her approach combines scientifically-tested positive psychology applications and powerful coaching tools.
During graduate school— she earned her PhD in history from the University of Toronto in 2012— she researched and wrote about what motivated humanitarianism and voluntary service by individuals and organizations.
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