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Karen Kelsky
Karen Kelsky
Founder and President, The Professor Is In
PhD (Anthropology)

Karen Kelsky is the Founder and President of The Professor Is In, which provides advice and consultancy services to researchers and academics, and a regular columnist at the Chronicle of Higher Education. A former R1 tenured professor and department head, and a cultural anthropologist by training, Dr. Kelsky explains the unspoken rules of the academic career, from building a competitive record and writing competitive job applications to interviewing effectively, negotiating offers, navigating career challenges, and transitioning out of the academy. Her book, The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job (Random House 2015) is a must-read for all PhDs and post-docs looking for career advice.

John Hammersley
John Hammersley
Co-founder and CEO, Overleaf
PhD (Mathematics)

John Hammersley is the co-founder and CEO of Overleaf, a collaborative cloud-based writing and publishing platform for authors and publishers. As a researcher who moved out of academia to establish a start-up that serves academia, John has accumulated a wealth of experience on aspects such as choosing between academia and industry and on making the transition. Before setting up Overleaf, John worked on John earned a PhD in Mathematics from Durham University, following which he worked on the first passenger trials for Heathrow’s Personal Rapid Transit system of driverless pods. John recently participated in a Reddit “Ask me anything” on transitions from academia to industry.


The live Q&A will take place in the comments section below. Karen Kelsky and John Hammersley will answer your questions based on their own experiences as academics who have worked within and outside academia to eventually establish successful ventures of their own. 

Their area of expertise mainly covers the US, Canada, and the UK. Here are some topics they'll deal with in the Q&A:

  • Career options and the job market after a PhD
  • Tips for a sucessful job hunt after your PhD
  • Making the most of job fairs
  • Staying in academia versus moving to industry
  • Navigating the tenure track


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