#001: First episode ever by PhD Career Stories: Tina Persson Story

#001: First episode ever by PhD Career Stories: Tina Persson Story

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On this very first episode of our new podcast “PhD Career Stories”, Tina Persson talks about her career story and how her experiences inspired her to start this podcast. We learn how Tina, after 20 years in academia, finally found her dream job as an Professional Academic Career Adviser and Coach supporting PhD students, researchers and professionals to find career possibilities.

After 20 years in academia, I was desperately fighting in getting my first job and I felt that no one understood my situation. I felt alone with my story.

However, when I was working as a recruiter I used to share my story at seminars and I then realized that many PhD:s shared the same feelings I once had, being unemployed or lost in their career development. The feeling of not knowing what to do next, the feeling of never getting a job, the feeling of I am not good enough, the feeling of no one wants to hire me, the feeling of just getting too many no’s or the feeling of being misunderstood.

I now know that there is no secret trick or any specific personality required for building a successful career after a PhD. All PhD:s are unique with their own stories. Stories that I have been longing to tell for a long time.

The PhD Career Stories project is a dream project I started to plan 12 years ago. I never wrote the book I had planned. Instead my dream of writing a book was transformed into a dream of starting a podcast – the PhD Career Stories podcast – a dream that is now coming true!

– Dr Tina Persson, Career Coach.

10 thoughts on “#001: First episode ever by PhD Career Stories: Tina Persson Story

  1. Really good and inspiring story! Many of us (PhD students) are doing or are going to do this difficult step. Our education is directed for the professorships and it is very little know about possibilities, requirements and skills in industry. It is great you have started this Podcast so many people can get inspired. Good luck!


  2. Thank you for your podcast. I am currently working towards my PhD graduation and planning to dinf a position in pharmaceutical/healthcare industry in quality systems or in R&D. Because I lack contacts outside of academia it feels quite overwhelming. Also, most PhD students actually want to continue in academia, which makes me sometimes feel akward for wanting more.
    Learing career planning and analysis is really crucial. Personal strategic planning and goal setting are also good tools to improve implementation of business like mindset.


  3. Tina,

    Thank you for sharing your journey. I am currently at that stage where I am lost in my career development. Listening to your podcast makes me feel like all is not lost. I hope i find my success story like you found yours.


  4. You tell a very familiar tale as there are many PhD’s out there that do not know where they belong. Academia doesn’t offer the same opportunities it once did, so many are turning to industry; the difficulty lies in translating your CV into something that employers can understand or relate to. Keep the conversation going, all insights are valuable!

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