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GSAS Alumni Spotlight: Meisha Bynoe, Director of Customer Services & Business Operations, Philips Healthcare Canada

In this new series, GSAS alums describe their path to a fulfilling non-faculty career and how their Yale PhD has contributed to their success. Meet Meisha Bynoe PhD 2010 (Microbiology) who is the Director of Customer Services & Business Operations at Philips Healthcare Canada.

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What Path Will You Take?

Your PhD has equipped you not only with specialized expertise in your discipline, but also with transferable skills that may be applied to a range of careers. At Yale, there are may ways to learn about the diverse paths that PhDs and others have taken outside of the academy, and to explore opportunities open to PhDs.  Start by taking advantage of these resources:


  • GSAS Alumni Spotlight Series:  Yale GSAS alumni describe their path to a fulfilling non-faculty career and how their Yale PhD has contributed to their success.
  • VersatilePhD: Concerned about the academic job market? Thinking about non-academic careers? OCS subscribes to this resource that demystifies non-academic careers and reveals many professions that can utilize the skills you are developing in graduate school.
  • Office of Career Strategy Events: OCS offers extensive programming designed to expose students to a broad spectrum of careers, including OCS career education panels, employer information sessions, and industry networking events. See the Yale Career Link for a full calendar and to register. 
  • Yale Career Network:  Interested in connecting with a Yale alum to explore career interests and learn more about a particular industry or company?  The Yale Career Network is searchable database of 20,000+ alumni across all schools at Yale who are interested in networking with fellow alumni and current students.  
  • Common Good and Creative Careers:  If you are interested in Nonprofit, Government, Education, Arts (Architecture/Design, Entertainment, Fine and Visual, Literary, Theater and Performing) and Communications careers, make sure to take advantage of the special programming and advising offered through this OCS initiative.  See upcoming events on the Yale Career Link.
  • Humanities in Action:  The annual Humanities in Action (HIA) career workshops explore how the humanities can (and do) launch students towards satisfying lives and a huge array of exciting careers. At each annual HIA event, recent alumni share with students the strengths gained from understanding the humanities, along with their chosen career and life paths.
  • Where Do I Go from Yale?:  Held in the spring, the Graduate School Alumni Association’s annual career mentoring workshop showcases a variety of career paths taken by graduate school alumni, in academia and beyond, in order to help graduate students at all levels think creatively about turning their PhDs into meaningful careers. 
  • Careers, Life and Yale:  Careers, Life, and Yale connects Yale students and Yale alumni. By sharing career and life experiences, alums help students develop career plans and life skills. Careers, Life, and Yale events offer insight on both unusual and established career paths, along with networking and mentoring opportunities as well as interviewing and job-search skills.

For additional information on career paths, employers and industries, visit the Resource Library and take a look at the many discipline-specific resources available online.  A sampling is listed below.

Resources for Humanities and Social Sciences PhDs

Get started with the just-launched  ImaginePhD — a free, online career exploration and planning tool specifically for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences!  ImaginePhD users are able to:

  • assess their career-related skills, interests, and values
  • explore careers paths appropriate to their disciplines
  • map out steps for degree completion alongside career and professional development

Developed by Graduate Career Consortium member experts from over 50 universities, ImaginePhD offers a unique platform that teaches PhDs about popular job sectors, search strategies, and how to transfer skills across settings. Like the related GCC member project myIDP, with 100,000+ users, ImaginePhD has the potential to transform PhD career planning.  

In addition, take a look at these resources:


Resources for STEM PhDs