About Chris

I've made the transition from a PhD in Medieval Studies, into a career in business, consulting and project management. But I want to give something back to the researcher community, and help everyone who's facing the challenge of finding work outside academia. Jobs on Toast is a way for me to share my insights and experience, helping you to make a successful career change. Use my five-step plan to get started right away!

How to translate your skills into language employers can understand

How to translate your skills into language employers can understand

On Saturday 14th May I had the pleasure of giving a talk on ‘How to translate your skills into language employers can understand’, for the 2016 Beyond the Professoriate conference. In my talk I introduced a technique that researchers can use to prepare persuasive content for their résumés and online profiles, which I call the ‘Skill Set Matrix’. Continue reading How to translate your skills into language employers can understand

Book review: Overcoming Perfectionism – A Self-Help Guide

Overcoming Perfectionism book review

Overcoming Perfectionism: A Self-Help Guide By Roz Shafran, Sarah Egan and Tracey Wade (Robinson, 2010); £12.99. As researchers we’re no strangers to stiff competition, to high standards, to hard work. By definition we’re the top of the class, the ones who’ve survived a rigorous selection process to get where we Continue reading Book review: Overcoming Perfectionism – A Self-Help Guide

Your job options after a PhD – in a diagram

Your job options after a PhD - in a diagram

What are your job options after you complete your PhD ? I don’t just mean within academia, but much more broadly – since doctoral researchers are capable of doing so many things after a PhD? I drew this diagram to help illustrate the range of career options open to researchers: The Continue reading Your job options after a PhD – in a diagram