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PhD Career Link provide specialist services in helping PhDs and Post Docs to transfer from academia to industry. By delivering creative solutions for their job search and professional development, we provide a real understanding of what is needed in order to the find a position in the business world.

Academia to Industri

PhD Career Link was founded in 2014 by Barry O'Brien after he had been helping former employees of Astra Zeneca in Sweden, developing their brands for the modern job market. Barry realised that there was a major hole in the bridge between PhD job seekers and the people doing the recruiting. So how do we fill that hole?

Helping people travel from academia into industry

Barry O'Brien

Barry successfully uses a virtual team of current and former PhDs, plus marketing and branding expertise, to help PhDs and Post Docs transfer from academia to the industrial/corporate world.

Barry is well known in Sweden for helping students from Universities such as Karolinska Institutet, KTH, Stockholm University, Uppsala, Umeå and Gothenburg Chalmers with creative solutions for job search and professional development, helping them to get a real understanding of what tools they need to get in to, and survive in, the modern corporate world – mainly Personal Branding and Social Media.


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... I can recommend Barry as an experienced, knowledgeable, and helpful trainer, as a very motivating coach, and as an expert in professional branding.
Erik Mullers (Project leader at Karolinska Institutet, Virology and cancer research scientist)
Barry has great, proven expertise in CV writing and the professional use of LinkedIn. He quickly understood my specific situation and adapted his suggestions accordingly. Furthermore, I highly appreciate his honest and inspiring approach. I am grateful for Barry’s support and I highly recommend him to anyone seeking new insights in CV writing and the professional use of social media.
Marcel Frankowiack (Life Science and Medical Researcher)


Linkedin Pop Up Workshop

Our LinkedIn Workshop is an ideal interactive feature for any career fair delivering social media coaching, personal branding development and visual entertainment.

Creating the LinkedIn Workshop Team

The start-up phase, with creating a team of ‘super users’.



The LinkedIn Workshop Event

The second part is the actual workshop, open for all students. The workshop should preferably take place in connection with a career fair, but we can adjust the setup if other concepts are requested.


We deliver this through


CV and Letter writing Workshop

Welcome to a workshop where you learn how to write professional job applications in English together with Barry O´Brien, a CV coach and native Englishman.

You will learn:

Part 1:

Part 2:

LinkedIn Seminar

This seminar (2 - 3 hours) is designed for people who have already started using LinkedIn but want to learn more. What does LinkedIn have to offer and what are the best strategies for finding a job or being found by a recruiter.

Learn how to:

Additional Seminars, Workshops and 1 to 1 coaching


Join the Stockholm based networking group for PhDs

Who should join?
Anyone interested in the area of PhDs!
Why join?
To learn more, meet people and have fun!
What can members expect out of the group?
Relaxed, central Stockholm gatherings with discussions about careers in or out of academia.



LinkedIn pop-up workshop, 19th February 2015 at Karolinska Institutet.
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I will be happy to hear from you!
Phone: +46 (0) 7350 68683
Skype: barryobrien.ngsm


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