What skills do I need to become a consultant?

I recently transitioned from academia to industry. I was a Ph.D. student in particle astrophysics and now I am a senior consultant.

I am really enjoying being in industry and would like to address this question that I have been asked by Ph.D. students and postdocs:

What skills do I need to become a consultant?

Dear workaholic | Work-life balance | Learn from Libra

Dear workaholic, this post is for you. 

I have timed it with the month of October - the month of Librans.

Getting into graduate school | How many and which schools I applied to | Dealing with rejection

Applying to graduate schools is an exercise in several things: paying tons of application fees, playing the waiting game, and dealing with rejection.

For who knows what reason, schools will reject you but the great thing is you only need to get into one!

I share the story of my grad school applications in this post.

Special hot chocholate
When you get rejected, there is always hot chocolate 💛 When will extra whipped cream come in handy?  

Thinking of your PhD as the business you cannot allow to fail

Every Ph.D. candidate thinks about quitting. It's OK. 

What helped me finish mine was to act like a business owner. 

On the way to graduation
On the way to graduation!

My academic journey through Taylor Swift songs | Just for fun | Goodbye, academia

I was 11 when I decided that I wanted to be a physicist. 

I learned that rest and motion were relative and that the grand unified theory still needed a lot of help.

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On one of my best days on the journey

Welcome to How to PhD | New member orientation | Thanks for being here!

Welcome to How to PhD! I am so excited to see you here!

In this post, I will quickly go over the How to PhD website so you know what is available to you.

Plus, I will catch you up on the content that has been posted already!

By the Colorado river for blog How to PhD
By the Colorado river :) I 💙 water and rocks

How to add value when sending a LinkedIn connection request | Networking | Job search

Need a job? You have probably heard that it's all about who you know. 

Let's make you more friends on LinkedIn!

By the Cape Fear river for blog How to PhD
By the Cape Fear river :)

What is particle astrophysics?

Particle astrophysics is astrophysics studied with particles other than light.

When it comes to traveling the largest cosmic distances at the highest energies, light is not the most reliable messenger of astrophysics.

astrophysical messengers
Astrophysical messengers. Pictures are all borrowed from Fermi, IceCube and LIGO collaborations, and the Internet.

Why adding value is the best thing to do | Giving mode | Job search | Networking

Everyone who is anyone will tell you to add value first when job searching and networking.

The idea is that you reach out to people and instead of asking them to do things for you, you add value to their lives. 

visiting Colorado blog how to phd
This is in Colorado! I 💜 mountains

Story of a terrible phone screen and the mistake on a cover letter that you cannot afford

I share the cover letter I wrote for a job where I got the phone screen, had a terrible experience and did not get the job.

Although not directly related to the terrible experience, I point out the mistake in my cover letter that I have since learned to avoid at all cost.

Waiting for my flight to Antarctica
I don't have too many pics where I look sad - here, my flight to Antarctica was delayed!

Learning to not take criticism personally

Learning to not take criticism personally is one of the most liberating and productive things you can do for yourself and your career.

In grad school, I learned how to take criticism for what it is.

On top of Ob Hill, McMurdo Station How to PhD
On top of Ob Hill, Antarctica!

How to poster | Research poster template | Goals of a poster

If you have to put together a research poster presentation and haven't done one yet, it is way easier to start from a template.

In this post, I share a research poster presentation template using PowerPoint.

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During a poster competition in college - I won the first prize :)

What's a good school for astrophysics?

I get this question from prospective college students:

What's a good school for astrophysics?

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At an elementary school for an outreach event during college!

How to write a research statement for a postdoc fellowship

In this post, I share the research statement I wrote to become a finalist in a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship competition. 

At the time of the application, I did not have any main-author papers published yet but some in the pipeline.

View of San Francisco from Alcatraz How to PhD Oindree Banerjee
San Francisco viewed from Alcatraz - cuz why not

How to thesis | LaTeX template | Figures, tables, and equations

In this post, I provide LaTeX templates for figures, tables, and equations by sharing contents from a few chapters of my Ph.D. thesis. 

Template for a figure, group of figures, figures using subfloat, tables, and equations are provided below!

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At graduation - with my advisor and PhD sibling!

How to finish your PhD and graduate in a timely manner

So you started a Ph.D. Great! You are doing lots of research, or maybe you are burned out. Either is understandable. Maybe your a...