Freeing the PhD, Our Way - Forging Our Professional Future
Vay Cao, PhD
In a world where we don't look like other job candidates, PhDs are often caught in a vicious cycle of being under-valued, misunderstood and passed over time and again for promising opportunities. How do we face the reality of our tough job hunt, and begin to change it for the better? This keynote will give examples of how academics are forging new futures and fighting to redefine what it means to have a PhD - to others, and to ourselves.
About Our Keynote Speaker
Vay Cao, Ph.D. received her doctorate in neuroscience from Brown University and the National Institutes of Health Graduate Partnerships Program. Dr. Cao's professional experience spans multiple commercial roles, from corporate training to scientific marketing to international consultative sales. Outside her day job, Dr. Cao is the Founder of Free the PhD, a grassroots career advocacy program and career guidance service for graduate students and postdocs. She spends much of her free time helping PhDs with networking, job applications, interviews and upskilling to land jobs they love. Dr. Cao is a passionate advocate of PhD career development, and aims to inspire and empower fellow academics to pursue the career path that is right for you.