I was in my 5th year of graduate school and had gotten a much closer look.
And so I sat in the dark distraught about my situation in graduate school (we all have a grad school SITCH) as well as my future.
I had followed Cheeky Scientist on LinkedIn, was getting their emails, and had been to a few free webinars.
The frequency of their emails seemed excessive but the free webinars made me feel like they were legit.
Their material was good.
Their articles were inspiring.
I had not yet joined as an associate though.
Because I was a poor grad student!
It was going to cost about 22% of my month's income after tax.
Just a one-time cost to join for life, but still.
Christmas was the next month and this would mean I could not buy as many Christmas presents.
But I had bigger problems.
And these had now led to despair.
I knew I would feel better if I took action to improve my situation. So I did.
I had done a bunch of homework on Cheeky, but I still felt like I was being kind of impulsive.
We PhDs always overthink.
But it is nice to realize that we deserve better than suffering literally all the time.
I could try to figure out the whole how-to-life-outside-academia-and-find-a-job by myself
I could get some help
So I sat there in the dark on my phone typing in my credit card information.
After I joined, I realized it had been silly to question joining as there was obviously so much that I did not know I did not know that now I was more aware of.
I was overwhelmed by all the material that I had access to.
It is now early August of 2018 and I still have not learned everything or finished going through the material.
My graduation ceremony is tomorrow.
I defended successfully in July.
I accepted a job as a Senior Consultant back in June while still in the middle of finishing grad school.
Link to my transition video
Getting this job is obviously a very exciting outcome for me.
Finishing grad school is the MOST exciting outcome for me.
Most importantly, I can never forget the support and training I got from Cheeky when I had not yet landed a job.
When I was struggling and having bad experiences in my job search and feeling stuck.
That's what has really meant the world to me.
The moment I joined I felt that I had a PLAN even though I was far from having a job.
Having a plan is so much better than having no plan.
At least, I was doing something about my situation.
I felt better.
And that was essential to my success in finishing up grad school.
Turns out it was a really good plan.
It's really nice when you make it, but it is SO difficult to get there when you are on your own.
For me, it took a village or two including the Cheeky Scientist Association :)
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