Let’s design your career plan together.

A personal career “action plan” helps you find unique career breakout opportunities, take proactive risks, be more resilient, and standout from the competition.

Let’s design your career plan together.

A personal career “action plan” helps you find unique career breakout opportunities, take proactive risks, be more resilient, and standout from the competition.

Career Coaching

The Known Experience provides a proven, systematic, relationship-based approach,
leveraging 12+ years of experience helping hundreds of talented Ph.D. scholars like
you quickly and effectively transition to their dream career—in academia and the corporate world.



Though focused on the professional and career needs of Ph.D. students
and scholars, other coaching competencies include…

Students and New Graduates

Early Career Professionals

Career Changers

Anonymous PhD scholar Large Patent Law Firm
"As a direct result [of working with Joe], I got a highly-coveted legal internship at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and, a few months later, a job at a law firm." 
Sam Ulin, PhD Principal - Clearview Healthcare Partners, San Francisco, CA
"I had the pleasure and privilege of working with Joe as a life sciences doctoral student and since as a key industry representative, and in all roles he has been an incredibly valuable player."
Rose Li, MS Product Manager - Novartis, San Diego
I would recommend Joe to anyone who wants to make an effective and efficient transition to industry.
John Yamauchi, PhD Director of Strategic Partnerships - Scientist.com, Solana Beach, CA
"[Joe] understands advanced-degree professionals, especially, and is a valued and sought after career and professional development and community-building resource, helping us identify clear and efficient paths to achieve success and satisfaction in our career transitions and trajectory."
Pharmacology, PhD Account Executive - Strategic Consulting Firm
The Known Experience and Joe, especially, is a long overdue and unique career resource for PhDs. He uses an interactive and reflective process that helped me translate my research training, skills, and accomplishments into an "industry CV" resume that stood out....I would not be where I am today, happy and satisfied in my new career, without this support.
Sujata Emani, PhD AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, Wash DC
"I have Joe to thank for a great deal of my success. Many of the careers that Joe introduced me to were ones that I did not consider when I was entering graduate school."
Sergey Sundukovskiy, PhD Co-Founder, CTO/CPO, Raken, San DIego
"Joe is a consummate professional with a clear, concise and substantive communication style."
Guillermo Moratorio, MS Sr. Manager, Engineering - Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine
"Joe is always well prepared, attentive, ready with questions, and has a general interest to understand the issues and gaps present for companies hiring new graduates." 
August Mao, MS Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton - Wash DC
"Joe is dedicated to making sure that students and alumni get the [career] opportunities that they deserve"
Daniel Corbalan, MS Product Design Engineer, Google NYC
"I owe my confidence, professionalism and eventual career path to Joe’s support. He was instrumental as I was starting my career, always eager to provide guidance to a new engineer."
Daniel Kao Software Engineer - The New York Times, NYC
"Joe has reached out and helped connect me to resources and other alumni that have helped me in my post-undergrad career."
Agustina D'Urso, PhD Scientist 1
"I met Joe as a postdoctoral fellow at UC San Diego. He helped me create a realistic job search plan and was a fantastic coach in guiding me toward my career goals. He is committed to his work and invests a significant amount of time providing proven insight into all aspects of the search process, preparing applications, and standing out during interviews. Searching for a job can be confusing and frustrating at times. By working together, I was able to identify and better articulate my strengths, skills, and accomplishments--and felt confident in my value to employers. Joe is a wise advisor who played an essential part in my finding the perfect job. I highly recommend his services."


One-One Career Chat

Imagine having your own career coach highly experienced in helping solve PhD (and masters) career challenges, on call to answer any pressing career questions, as soon as they come up.  Now you do!

  • An online career assessment survey.
  • A free 20-minute career consultation to discuss and get an answer to your main career question or challenge.
  • Receive a custom career action plan to consider.

Schedule your free consultation



You choose: “chats” and sessions can be in-person and at an awesome San Diego Cafe, by Hangouts/Zoom/Skype, or phone.

Successful Action Plans Often Include…

This initial and vital and often overlooked piece of the career puzzle includes
working with your coach to define what is essential in your life; be it knowledge,

autonomy, money, power, family, social impact, and so on.
You don’t need to go it alone. Work with your coach to identify and effectively connect
with your vast network is one of the most valuable things you can do for your career.
This includes effectively and sincerely connecting with your Ph.D. peers in industry who
understand your unique circumstance, doing what you aspire to do professionally,
and can mentor you and open doors to top employers.
Work with a proven resume coach to turn your cover letter, emails, and resume/”Industry CV.”
into documents that compliment each other and get you more interviews.
Includes a proven, unique CV to resume template, especially for Ph.D. researchers for creating
“Industry CVs” that stand out from the competition
          + A LinkedIn makeover that compliments your resume
          + Proven tips and exercises from your coach
          + Two rounds of edits after completing your final draft
Proven tips and advice to make all the unknowns-known when preparing for and
during your interview, allowing you to create a confident and dialectic discussion
that will align your value with an employer’s needs.  And get more offers.

Just some of the many local and national
organizations looking to hire talent like you.

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