Our guest today is a living example to never give up. His patience and determination got him through the tough period of fruitless job-search to the bold endeavour of starting his own business.
Girish Kedar was born and brought up in Mumbai, India. For his higher studies he moved to Sweden in 2009 and since then he studied and worked in different European countries like Sweden, Germany, and The Netherlands. He holds pharmacist degree from India and PhD in Neuroscience from Vrije University, Amsterdam. After a big struggle in finding the right job in the pharma industry, Girish came up with a plan B – he started his own business and founded The GLOVERK Consultancy, which is based in Amsterdam and provides services to the pharmaceutical and medical device industry in Europe and India. Girish is also a student ambassador in Vrije University and an independent Career Coach for PhD and Post-Doctorate candidates.
In this episode, Girish contemplates about mistakes he made that complicated his job search and shares advice on how to avoid them. He also describes how the personal strengths he developed during his PhD helped him in the hard task of starting his own business.
Throughout PhD career, everyone thinks only about two options: either academia or industry. But I believe, PhD is way beyond that – PhD prepares you for an even harder and better journey, where you can build up your own empire
– Dr. Girish Kedar, PhD in Neuroscience, Entrepreneur, Career Coach
The career path of the guest of our today’s episode is anything but conventional. Dr. Andrew Quitmeyer studied Engineering and Film Making during his master’s degree. The trip to Galapagos deviated his direction and led him to pursue a tailor-made PhD degree at the intersection between Digital Media and Field Biology.
Today Dr. Quitmeyer describes himself as a hacker and adventurer, studying intersections between wild animals and computational devices. His academic research in “Digital Naturalism” at the National University of Singapore blends biological fieldwork and DIY digital crafting.
He runs “Hiking Hacks” around the world where participants build technology entirely in the wild for interacting with nature. His research also inspired a spin-off television series for Discovery Networks called “Hacking the Wild”.
I worked on a little manifesto of what exactly my PhD would be like and tried to set as many boundaries and anticipate as many pitfalls or things that I didn’t want to do in my PhD before I set out to actually doing this.
– Dr. Andrew Quitmeyer, Assistant Professor National University of Singapore
Welcome back Joakim Muschött, ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and founder and CEO of Skifta Utveckling AB. In episode episode #58, Joakim explained how career coaching can assists you in making the choices that best fit to your personality, to identify your expertise and skills and how to match these to your next career step. In his book on the topic “Courage” (Swedish: Mera mod!) he goes into details on how to face your fears and dare to step outside your comfort zone.
Johan Bertil Muschött today interviews his father on what it takes to be brave and why its necessary for a successful career change.
When you’re getting close to the comfort zone you get nervous and anxious and want to leave but stay there breathe and say to yourself out loud – this is how it should feel. This is okay, I am okay!
– Joakim Muschött, ICF Professional Certified Coach, Sweden