The Sequel to a PhD Podcast

Shirley Markant, PhD

As PhDs, we often define our career, identity, ambitions based on the story we wrote for ourselves before starting our PhD. But what happens when we discover along the way that that story we created for ourselves back then no longer feels right? How do we walk away from something we’re good at, that defines us, that makes us feel like we’re contributing something important to the world, even if it no longer fulfills us?Through The Sequel to a PhD Podcast, we will share personal stories, strategies, perspectives, and lessons learned to facilitate change towards a career path that feels right for who you are now. Hosted by Shirley Markant, PhD, a scientist-oriented career mentor, former cancer research scientist, self-employed oncology medical writer, and mom of two young kids. For more, visit www.sequeltoaphd.com. read less

Episode 17 - Staying Curious: Dr. Kristine Averill's Path From Plant Scientist to Somatic Mindfulness Coach
May 16 2023
Episode 17 - Staying Curious: Dr. Kristine Averill's Path From Plant Scientist to Somatic Mindfulness Coach
Welcome back to the podcast!In this episode, I'm delighted to chat with Dr. Kristine Averill, who shares her inspiring story of transitioning from a successful 15-year academic career in Plant and Crop Sciences to become a passionate Somatic Mindfulness Coach. Raised on an apple farm, Kristine developed a deep connection to nature, which led her to pursue a PhD in Ecology. Despite her achievements, she felt a longing for something more fulfilling. In stepping out of academia, she embarked on a journey of self-discovery through yoga, meditation, and coaching. Today, through somatic mindfulness and inquiry, Kristine helps people who feel trapped in uncertainty or frustration to manage anxiety and burnout and to gain clarity about their purpose so they can create the impact they want while doing what they love.The key moments in this episode are:00:01:35 - Becoming Interested in Plant and Crop Sciences 00:05:01 - Moving Away from Academia 00:08:43 - Developing a Coaching Business00:12:16 - Staying Curious and Experimenting 00:16:50 - The Importance of Following Your Passion 00:18:43 - The Rewards of Coaching and Yoga 00:21:02 - Encouraging Curiosity00:24:05 - Trust YourselfI found her story to be incredibly inspiring, brimming with profound insights and valuable guidance!To learn more about Kristine, visit https://www.kristineaverill.com/ To access her free Regulate Your Nervous System training, visit https://www.kristineaverill.com/free-trainingThank you for listening!__Know of anyone navigating what to do next after leaving bench science or academia? Sign up for the interest list for the Sequel to a PhD Incubator (you'll be the first to get the details about the new program!). Or check out other resources from Sequel to a PhD: www.sequeltoaphd.com
Episode 15: From Preclinical Research to Clinical Applications and Entrepreneurship with Dr. Sierra Simpson
May 2 2023
Episode 15: From Preclinical Research to Clinical Applications and Entrepreneurship with Dr. Sierra Simpson
Welcome back to the podcast!In this episode, I enjoyed chatting with Dr. Sierra Simpson, a PhD scientist with a background in investigating the connections between the microbiome and addiction. Sierra shares her story of how she moved away from preclinical bench research into more clinically-oriented roles as the Associate Director of Perioperative Informatics in the Department of Anesthesia at UCSD as well as founder of BrilliantBiome, a company centered around using information about your personal microbiome to inform health decisions. She shares some of her experiences around becoming an entrepreneur and starting a business (during her PhD, even!), and I was intrigued to hear how she is now navigating dual paths between her roles in academia and her company, BrilliantBiome. In addition, Sierra shares great perspective and tips for people wanting to move away from bench research into roles with more clinical applications. We talk about the importance of following our individual unique interests and values as we navigate career decisions and how we are allowed to do what's most fulfilling for us. To learn more about BrilliantBiome, visit https://www.brilliantbiome.com/ or find Dr. Simpson on LinkedIn! Thank you for listening!__Know of anyone navigating what to do next after leaving bench science or academia? Sign up for the interest list for the Sequel to a PhD Incubator (you'll be the first to get the details about the new program!). Or check out other resources from Sequel to a PhD: www.sequeltoaphd.com
Episode 10: From Academic Faculty to a Conservation Company and Creative Pursuits with Dr. Emily Dangremond
Mar 28 2023
Episode 10: From Academic Faculty to a Conservation Company and Creative Pursuits with Dr. Emily Dangremond
Welcome back to the podcast!In this episode, I'm delighted to chat with Dr. Emily Dangremond, a PhD ecologist with an interest in plants, climate change, and conservation. After earning her PhD from UC Berkeley, doing a postdoc at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, and becoming an assistant professor at Roosevelt University, she recently left that role to work at a community-centered wildlife conservation company. Dr. Dangremond is also the host of "Kids Questions Answered", where she answers science questions posed by her son, and she has developed a scientific writing guide to help people overcome obstacles they encounter in scientific writing. In this fun conversation, we talk about:The origins of her interest in ecology and conservation and how momentum shaped aspects of her career path.  The role that recognizing her desired impact for her work played in making recent career decisions.  The totally relatable worry of disappointing people around her by deciding to leave academia, and allowing space to focus on the question of "what's really important to me?"  Thinking about career moves (and life) as a constant process of experimenting and calibrating. And recognizing that we don't have to have it all figured out right now.  Reminders that we don't have to do it all ourselves, and that what we are doing is enough.  And lots of other excellent nuggets in this great conversation! To learn more about Emily, visit https://emilydangremond.weebly.com/ or find her on Instagram @drdangerscience. To find her scientific writing guide, visit Dr. Danger's Guide to Scientific Writing.Or check out her podcast Kid's Questions Answered!Thank you for listening!__Know of anyone navigating what to do next after leaving bench science or academia? Sign up for the interest list for the Sequel to a PhD Incubator (you'll be the first to get the details about the new program!). Or check out other resources from Sequel to a PhD: www.sequeltoaphd.com