So, you’ve decided to head out into the private sector to ‘turn science into things people need’. Excellent choice! While the private sector is a very exciting and dynamic environment that is full of rewarding career options for scientists, it is also very different than the career path we were trained for. You will need to develop new work habits and learn some new tools to be successful. This course, taught by an instructor with more than 20 years’ experience hiring and managing scientists and engineers in the private sector, will give you a head start.
• How is working in industry different than academia?
• Work habits that successful scientists learn quickly
• Can a scientist find a rewarding career in industry?
• Review: What are my unique strengths?
• Designing your career path in the Private Sector
• How to describe your research to impress an industry manager
• Finance: the language of business
• Projects in industry
• Working with sales
• Wrap-up review and action plan
The lecture portions of the course are focused on conveying information about the industry working environment that is typically not well known to people working in an academic research environment - information about how companies operate and habits that bring success in this very different environment. These principles are supported with many stories from more than two decades of experience the trainer has gathered over his own career. Furthermore, we want to enable participants to take a critical view on their contact points with industry.
The course will enable them to:
1) Know what they´ll sign up for when entering an industry career.
2) Know about the success factors in such a career.
3) Understand how and where their unique strengths as a scientist make them particularly well suited for an industry job.
4) Know how to successfully start an industry career (get to know employers, score a job, work effectively in their job).
5) Figure out whether an industry career is a good option for them.
The course is highly interactive, mostly based on lectures, discussions and interactive exercises.
David has more than 20 years’ experience commercialized photonics technologies
for optical communications, remote sensing, scientific instrumentation, and industrial
combustion monitoring applications. He is from the United States and has a PhD in
Physics. In 2010 he published ‘Turning Science into Things People Need,’ which
explored the careers of 10 scientists who have built successful careers in the private
sector. In 2017 he founded TurningScience to help scientists learn the non-technical
skills they need to transition effectively into industry careers.
The workshop will be held in English and run for two days, on November 7 and 8, 2019.
This workshop is open to postdoctoral researchers at KIT who are KHYS members.