Paige Castleman, PhD
Evidence Evaluation Specialist -
I was afraid that I didn’t have enough technical skills. But the program taught me the importance of highlighting my strengths. So, I was able to narrow down my job search to careers that would fit my strengths. Even so, I suffered from severe imposter syndrome, but the group has helped me realize my potential. I am a very well trained academic who knows how to go down to the grindstone and get things done, and because of these skills and work ethic, I am so valued in industry.
Saad Ahmed Sheikh, PhD
Senior Research Scientist - Sandvik Group
Before The Association, I would assume that the hiring managers would know, given my PhD, my skill sets and the techniques I’ve mastered. But I learned how to rephrase my responses, and practiced using the questions given in the group, and to do research on the company so I could be prepared to tailor my answers to the company itself. For example, my final interview was 6 people which wasn’t an interview style I had been in before. So I researched each of the people, and wrote down how I would tailor my responses to each of the team members. It was a lot of work, but I believe it paid off!