Many PhD candidates live for their graduation date. They do not spend much time considering what is waiting for them on the other side, because they need their time and energy to finish their PhD. They expect to stay in academia as a researcher or a teacher, because it is the place they know so well. They are not aware of opportunities outside of this ivory tower.
I will share with you the story of how I entered academia, how I experienced academia, and how I ultimately ended up leaving academia. I will tell you how I became a professional coach, entrepreneur and politician, and what you can learn from my experience.
PhD coach, CDr Coaching
Carmen Rietdijk, Ph.D. holds a B.Sc. degree in Pharmacy and a M.Sc. degree in Neuroscience. She gained research experience at Yale University (USA) and Université Bordeaux 2 (France), and then returned to Utrecht University to pursue her PhD in Neuroimmunopharmacology, which she received in July of 2016. She continued her career as a teacher at Leiden University and the LUMC. Her experience in academia ultimately inspired her to start up a company to coach PhD candidates, specifically to help them overcome emotional and motivational struggles. During her doctorate studies she also became politically active, and she is now a council member at her municipality.