In the press: Universitätsläraren

In the press: Universitätsläraren

Yes! We are in the Swedish newspaper for university lecturers called Universitetsläraren. Read the interview with our founder Tina Persson in Swedish at…


English translation:

Podcast supporting researchers who want to leave academia

Hello there Tina Persson, founder of PhD Career Stories, a podcast that supports and assists researchers who want to change their careers.

Text: Per-Olof Eliasson

What happens in the pod?
– Scientists and university teachers talk about their experiences after they defended. They also share tips and tricks on how to be successful in seeking jobs.

What is the purpose?
– Many students have a poor self-esteem and do not know what to do with their education. Although the labor market for students and researchers has been widened lately, there is still a lot of uncertainty about what opportunities are available. PhD Career Stories fills that gap.

What is your own background?
– Over the period of four years I was working at a Max Planck Institute and received the doctorate in organic chemistry, became a lecturer at Växjö University and then associate professor at Lund University. I love to teach, but I had to devote my time to seek funding, so it did not work out. About 12 or 14 years ago, I took a decision to leave the academic world.

How did it go?
– It turned out that it was much harder than I thought to get a job, I could not sell myself very well. Then I ended up as a recruiter and headhunter and via the Career Services at the Karolinska Institute, I am now my own boss and coach for the Swedish Security Foundation amongst other clients.

How did you get the idea for a podcast?
– When I told my story I realised that many others at the universities share my experiences. It is sad because it should not be that way. The essence of the pod is that if you do not feel comfortable on campus it is quite natural to do something else instead. And it should be just as easy to come back to academia after a while.


Original text in Swedish at…


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