I’ve got a PhD but no JoB

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Cherish your visions and dreams
I’ve got a PhD but no JoB 
I’ve got B.S., and MBA, a PhD, a DDS – and no job. My heart breaks every time I see these painful letters.  Typically the writer has a mountain of student loan debt, the embarrassment of no job, and few marketable skills.  In this episode I talk about redefining “education” and getting degrees for the personal experience, not for the “job.”
  1. I have a dream to help divorced moms
  2. When is it better to simply apply for a job and when is it better to invest time and effort in a resume and fancy job search?
  3. I have a couple of clients and a class, and I LOVE it, but I hate marketing.
  4. My twin sister and I have PhDs in Linguistics but after 70+ applications, no Jobs
  5. I have no formal education beyond a few classes related to my previous career – what do I put on a resume?

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your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.”
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Episode – 03-03-17

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Summary:

In this episode, Dan Miller discusses the difficulty in finding work from two ends of a spectrum; being overeducated to not having any formal education at all. He also speaks to the listener who wants to turn their passion to help others into a career and whether it’s plausible to monetize these desires in the first place. Tune in as Dan describes what it takes to be able to give to others and why showcasing your skills and abilities can be more advantageous that showcasing your education in today’s job market.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 02:09 – Preview of Today’s Show on I’ve got a PHd with no Job… I’ve got B.S., and MBA, a PhD, a DDS, and no job. My heart breaks everytime I see these painful letters. Typically the writer has a mountain of student loan debt, the embarrassment of no job, and few marketable skills.  In this episode, I talk about redefining “education” and getting degrees for the personal experience, not for the “job.”
    • I have a dream to help divorced moms
    • When is it better to simply apply for a job and when is it better to invest time and effort in a resume and fancy job search?
    • I have a couple of clients and a class, and I LOVE it, but I hate marketing.
    • My twin sister and I have PhDs in Linguistics but after 70+ applications, no Jobs
    • I have no formal education beyond a few classes related to my previous career – what do I put on a resume?
    • “Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” – Napoleon Hill, motivational author
  • 03:55 – Kris sent his success story, he just launched his website Visual Faith Works
  • 05:20 – FreshBooks is offering a 30 day, unrestricted free trial to my listeners. To claim it, just go to https://www.freshbooks.com/48days
  • 06:34 – Andrea says, I have a dream to help divorced moms
    • 06:50 – Andrea is a newly divorced mom of 3
    • 06:58 – She was married for 20 years
    • 07:01 – Trying to find a job and looking for a house to rent was NOT easy
    • 07:20 – Through the process, Andrea saw the needs and struggles of newly divorced single moms and wants to help
    • 07:34 – No support groups or programs are available for divorced moms
    • 07:54 – Andrea wants to help, support and equip them
    • 08:34 – She made a study guide to remind women that they’re cherished, enough, worthy and loved
    • 08:52 – Andrea doesn’t know where to begin
    • 09:34 – What we do best comes out of our toughest experiences
    • 10:17 – The kind of help you can give and provide will evolve
    • 10:29 – Don’t expect your heart for service to be your source of income
    • 11:17 – First thing is to put yourself on a solid ground
    • 12:17 – Fill your own cup before you give to others
    • 12:26 – A note from Nicola, I’m a marriage and divorce transformation specialist
    • 13:33 – Nicola’s websites are: com and purepeacecoaching.com
    • 14:05 – Make your desire to help people 10% of what you do, not 100%
  • 14:11 – David says, When is it better to simply apply for a job and when is it better to invest time and effort in a resume and fancy job search?
    • 14:23 – Jobs with less than $50K, do a walk-in
    • 14:47 – If you will step up to $60-80K, do a well constructed resume and do a job search
  • 15:46 – Jonathan asks, What are some important aspects and/or resources when trying to figure out what to do with your life?
    • 16:32 – Reaching out to people whose work you’ve read or listened to is the same thing Dan did years ago
    • 17:20 – Dan hopes that 48 Days to the Work You Love will be a resource for you
    • 18:02 – Go to com and check out podcasts and resources
  • 19:00 – To ask Dan a question for the podcast – AskDan or email at [email protected]
  • 20:07 – Catherine says, I have a couple of clients and a class, and I LOVE it, but I hate marketing
    • 21:02 – You’re on the right track!
    • 21:34 – STOP hating marketing – change your perspective
    • 22:00 – Good marketing and selling is sharing enthusiasm
    • 23:01 – “If you believe in what you do, you don’t have to market and sell”
    • 24:17 – Dan shares about a phone call with his mastermind
    • 25:17 – Why don’t you see it as a “gift?”
  • 25:52 – Kelsey says, My twin sister and I have PhDs in Linguistics but after 70+ applications, no Jobs
    • 27:03 – Dan hopes that you got your PhDs without having to get student loans
    • 27:39 – Two reasons for getting advanced degrees: so you get a piece of paper for you to get a job and second, for personal growth and development
    • 28:03 – If you get PhD for reason #1, you may end up unhappy
    • 29:13 – Almost always, a PhD degree renders you a job in academia
    • 30:33 – Look at your affinity for language, food, and culture as a starting point for a job search
    • 31:05 – Let people see your value
    • 31:22 – Having a PhD may be a deterrent but you have the option to not include it on your resume
    • 32:33 – Don’t base your job search solely on your PhD
    • 32:53 – Dan mentions the previous 10 companies he featured in the podcast that do not require degrees anymore
  • 34:47 – Michael says, I’m a board-certified family doc and an obesity specialist. I also have an MBA and slowly working toward a seminary PhD in church and state studies. Where do I begin to monetize this knowledge, experience, and passion?
    • 35:29 – Dan hopes and prays that you’re not taking a loan for the PhD
    • 36:44 – Dan has no confidence that your PhD direction will be profitable
    • 37:00 – Use your skills as the gateway for monetizing what you do
    • 37:51 – “Don’t negate the value that you already have”
  • 38:15 – David asks, I have no formal education beyond a few classes related to my previous career – what do I put on a resume?
    • 38:44 – Don’t just attribute what you know to formal education
    • 39:08 – Describe what you can do and what skills you’ve developed that have the value they’re looking for
    • 39:46 – Companies are not looking for a degree anymore
    • 40:48 – Show them what you have done in the last two years
    • 41:03 – Education comes in a lot of ways
  • 41:28 – How to find jobs before they are posted online?
    • 41:57 – Go to com and use the search bar to get the relevant material
    • 42:47 – Dan shares a note from a woman he coached a few years ago
    • 43:11 – “The way you find opportunities is not by waiting to see what’s online”
    • 43:24 – Identify 30 to 40 companies that you’d like to work for and contact them
    • 44:34 – Do a phone follow up
    • 45:16 – Applying for online positions is another option
  • 47:06 – Decide your success in advance
  • 47:47 – Dan closes today’s podcast

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Fill your cup first, this is the only way you can help and serve others effectively.
  2. When you fear or hate an aspect of business for whatever reason—sometimes all you need to do is adjust your perspective.
  3. Degrees are not a requirement anymore for several types of professions—showcase your skills, qualities, and talent when applying for jobs.

 

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  • Hi Dan, I had a thought on the linguistics PhD topic. Recalling the movie “My Fair Lady”, might there be a valuable opportunity coaching people in professional business speaking? Many people speak with grammar and dialect that makes them sounds unprofessional. I don’t mean to imply that a charming regional accent is bad for business. Isn’t it clear that the low casual speech used by much of the population fails to inspire confidence in hiring managers or clients?

  • FORTRAN?!?! Now that gave me a laugh. And brought back not so good memories of sitting in the college computer lab typing on those horrible keypunch machines.