Are You a Sellout if You Leave Academia After Your PhD? With Jennifer Polk

Welcome to Season 4 of Papa PhD!

To kick of this new season, I have the great pleasure of bringing you my recent conversation with someone I’ve been looking up to since before the launch of the podcast, someone who has been hard at work to help PhDs figure out their careers for a long time – Jen Polk or From PhD to Life!

Join us on this conversation about a question many of you may have asked yourselves already: is leaving academia tantamount to being a sellout?


Jennifer Polk, PhD, is a career coach and educator. In addition to her work with individuals, she regularly facilitates professional development workshops and delivers presentations for graduate students and postdocs. Jen currently serves on the board of directors for CAGS, the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies. She earned her PhD in history from the University of Toronto. Visit her website,, to read her writing and learn more about her other services and activities.

Thank you, Jen Polk!

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