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Today’s guest is Jennifer Polk, of We talk about her journey from PhD to, well, life. We talk about coaching vs consulting, networking, informational interviews, finding the work that’s right for you, and poutine.

From her bio: Jennifer Polk works as an academic, career, and life coach. Her clients — graduate students and PhDs — are a diverse group of individuals based all around the world, from Canada, the US, the UK, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere. Jen speaks on campuses and at conferences throughout North America on issues related to graduate education and career outcomes for PhDs, and her writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, University Affairs, Vitae, and Academic Matters. Find Jen online at, which features resources for PhD career changers, and at her award-winning University Affairs blog. Join her twice a month for#withaPhD chat on Twitter, at the monthly Versatile PhD meetup in Toronto, and for Beyond the Professoriate, an annual online conference for PhDs in transition. Jen earned her PhD in history from the University of Toronto in 2012.


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