Ryan Collins, PhD

Hi! I’m Ryan Collins. After Your PhD is a passion project and informational resource for PhDs looking to explore careers outside of academia. I graduated with a PhD degree in Media Arts and Sciences from Indiana University Bloomington. I wanted to be a film studies professor at one time in my life. I left academia because I didn’t want to move across the country for a job that may have been temporary. I also wanted a better life for my family.

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When I began my transition from academia, I had a lot of questions and there were few resources at the time (and this was a few years ago). I was afraid to ask questions about myself despite being in a space where questions are all part of research and teaching. Through a series of informational interviews, exploration, and trial and error – I fell into SEO and digital marketing. You can read more about behind the scenes of this website and the career and professional motivations behind After Your PhD.

Due to the extreme stress of being a PhD and then transitioning, I wanted to help others who go through this similar process. I wanted to create a resource that might help bring some type of clarity to those with career anxiety.

The goal of After Your PhD isn’t to focus only on my experiences, but to bring in diverse perspectives from other PhDs who had different journeys than mine. By sharing different perspectives, I hope to bring clarity to as many career pivoters as possible. At the core of After Your PhD is questions, and I hope to ask many more.

“Whenever you can, advocate for other academics who end up traveling paths they didn’t want or expect to walk. If someone asks you for an informational interview, make the time to do it. If they’re looking for new contacts, connect them to people you know and coach them on how to build a network.”

Leaving Academia: A Practical Guide.

Speaking Engagements

I often speak at online conferences and panels to share my story and network with fellow PhDs. Ironically I have spoken at more panels after academia than before.

These are some of the online conferences I’ve spoken to in the past.


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Hire PhD Event

The Grad School Podcast

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The Grad School Podcast


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Association for Public Policy Analysis
and Management

Speaker at Franklin College

Career Talk at Franklin College

After Your PhD

What's Next After Your PhD?