Transferable skills from academia to industry

How to start your search

The PostDocWay blog is dedicated to empowering and equipping Post Docs to make the best choices for their careers. As Brian Jarecki, founder of the PostDocWay, says “Many postdocs realize that they are working a contract position that will eventually expire. The thought of ‘what comes next’ can be extremely daunting; especially considering the reality that most will not end up in academia. It can be intimidating and overwhelming to explore the endless possibilities of what you can do next. More often than not, the biggest hurdles that you must overcome are learning about the opportunities available and making sure you have the skills required.”

One of themes that emerged at the #Vitae15 conference last week was how do universities equip those PhD researchers considering a career outside academia. One such Post Doc who transitioned to industry after finishing her PhD dissertation shares her experiences of looking for work in industry.

One of the key pieces of advice is to have informational interviews with various people working in industry. What is an informational interview? Well it is essentially an informal chat over coffee or a meal where you find out as much as you can about the other person’s career from what their day to day looks like to how they got started in that particular industry. Getting introductions is the start and once you begin to meet with people to find out what they do, you will often find that they are usually happy to introduce you to others. The purpose of an informational interview is not to get a job, it is to find out what possibilities there are for you outside academia while following your passion.

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Diana Hayes
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