You’re Not Overqualified, You’re Misunderstood: Translating Academic Value for LinkedIn


Thursday, September 23, 2021, 6:00pm to 7:00pm



Led by Dr. Eric James Stephens

Sept 23 6 PM EST

PhD Students: Register Here


"Are you tired of hearing you’re “overqualified”? Do you get frustrated when folks in industry just don’t get the value you can bring? It’s not just a matter of experience. It’s a matter of how you talk about it. It’s a matter of translation. In this webinar, Dr. Eric James Stephens shares his own experience wading through depression and frustration after getting laid-off from his university teaching job due to COVID and facing an unfamiliar industry job market. He’ll also share actionable steps for engaging on LinkedIn, his motivation behind the #HireHigherEd initiative, and how it landed him a new career as a business data analyst.


Presenter Bio: In spring 2020, Dr. Stephens was laid-off from his university job. That summer, he started #HireHigherEd, an initiative to build an academic community on LinkedIn. Four months later, he was talking to a CEO of an edtech company who openly doubted hiring PhD’s. Three days later he offered Eric a job. Five months later he got a promotion. Now Eric helps others to do the same because that’s why we are here–that’s why we exist–to help others. 

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