Discover the knowledge needed
to craft your ideal career

Attend local professional gatherings and classes where PhD students, professionals, and employers come together like never before.

Discover the knowledge needed
to craft your ideal career

Attend local professional gatherings and classes where PhD students, professionals, and employers come together like never before.

Tell me about yourself?

The most successful and satisfied PhD (and masters) students and postdoctoral scholars in industry positions often think early in their academic careers about the complete professional profile they want to create, the value they provide in the marketplace, and the impression they want to leave on people.

Acquire first-hand and a “behind the employer curtain” look, of proven methods and techniques to best prepare and position yourself for a
diverse number of careers and gain the attention of your professional industry network, hiring managers, and company recruiters.


PhD Career Connect Bootcamp |
San Diego

Another coming Fall 2019!


All bootcamps inspired and co-facilitated by PhDs
with careers in diverse industries and professions.

View details and reserve your seat

Saturday, May 18, 2019
8:30am – 12:00pm
UC San Diego

“The boot camp was much more helpful than the other career workshops I’ve attended. This was because of the group discussions with experts who gave me specific feedback on framing my pitch.”

Saturday, February 23, 2019
8:30am – 12:00pm
UC San Diego

“At the [Bootcamp], I learned to communicate how I stand out from the competition to potential employers.”

– Chemistry PhD graduate

Saturday, February 2, 2019
8:30am – 12:00pm
UC San Diego

“Phenomenal event!”

3rd-year life sciences PhD

Saturday, December 2, 2019
8:30am – 12:00pm
UC San Diego

“This boot camp answered my most pressing career questions … speaking with successful PhD professionals gave me the confidence and insights to go on the market outside of academia.”

– 5th-year PhD Neuroscience interested in consulting.



Career Night!

Monday, June 24
at Neurocrine Biosciences


From idea to drug, understanding the drug discovery process and the many scientific career paths along the way!

Join us at this special gathering to engage with and ask questions of research scientists and industry leaders at San Diego-based Neurocrine Biosciences, a growing biopharmaceutical company focused on developing treatments for neurological and endocrine related disorders.

Who should attend? Advanced-degree students and postdoctoral fellows from the top research institutes on our dynamic Torrey Pines Research Mesa.

Light appetizers and refreshments served




A Special CV to An Effective Résumé
(“Industry-CV”) Workshop

Co-facilitated by Trish Bowes
Trish was the University Programs’ Manager at Illumina from 2012-2019.  Currently she is Talent Acquisition Manager for Pall.  The Pall Corporation is large and growing biotech employer now hiring in large numbers. More

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
5:30 – 7:00pm  Bonner Hall, Room 2130 
UC San Diego
$10 enrollment



Join us for a unique seminar to learn how to decipher job postings to turn your research experience, skills, and accomplishments into a resume/”Industry CV” that gets and helps prepare you to excel in your interviews – no matter the industry or organization.

Each participant receives a digital copy of a proven Resume Guide & Template endorsed by some of the top employers of advanced-degree researchers and scientists worldwide.

Co-facilitated by Joe Cribari, Founder & Chief Career Strategies, The Known Experience. More

Brews & Biotech | Biocom’s Life Science
Young Leaders

Tues, May 21, 2019 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Gravity Heights: 9920 Pacific Heights Blvd
San Diego, 92121, RSVP

French BioBeach | Monthly Breakfast 

Wed, Mar 6, 8:00am
nanoComposix – FBB event, San Diego, CA
RSVP, a free networking gathering

Scripps Research | Industry & Alumni
Happy Hour

Thu, Apr 4, 5:00pm
Beckman Ctr. for Chemical Sciences, Scripps Research, LA Jolla
RSVP, a free networking gathering

The AWIS-SD | Academia 2 Industry
Coffee Club

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 5:00pm
Bella Vista Social Club & Cafe, La Jolla, CA

An informal gathering for women in academia interested in transitioning to an industry career. The group meets the first or second Wednesday of the month at 5 pm at the Bella Vista Cafe.

SDBN Speed Networking | Launch of Biotech Directory

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
6:00 – 9:00pm

Bella Vista Cafe/Sanford Consortium (Patio)

It takes a network

Get the answers and support you need.

These specifically planned gatherings for the local PhD community, allow you to learn from and question your professional peers and top employers, who value your skills and abilities.  Share these opportunities and let others get-in-the-know

Working with a PhD career coach, learn how to effectively leverage and incorporate this first-hand information into a career “plan of action” —allowing you to cut through the application clutter and stand out from the competition. 


We sat down with Joe Cribari, Founder of The Known Experience, which is perpetuating the non-traditional in redefining PhD career preparedness.

What’s your biggest piece of advice for PhDs making a transition into the workforce?

“Start early in your academic career to make the unknown-known in every aspect of your career preparation, search, and transition.  Plus, you don’t have to do it alone.  Like the professionals that take time out of their busy schedules to help facilitate our [career] bootcamps, there are many more willing to share their experience, provide support, and open doors to top jobs–no matter what you want to do.”  Read the entire interview.