The problem most academics have working with industry is that they assume industry is like them. The problem most industry has with academics is they assume academics are like them.
The steps for building a research group or lab are vague, and unclear.
So you’re considering a research career. Good on you! Firstly, let me say that research careers can in many colours, shapes, and flavours. Not all are the same. Not to mention that you don’t need to be in academia to do research. Nor do you need a PhD. And I’ve written about all of that in What […]
Whether using social media or standing around at a meet and greet or participating at a conference, networking isn’t the easiest thing to do if you are an introverted or shy person.
Project management is a key part of academic research. Indeed, it is often put forward as a transferable skill. Although many academics are good at managing projects, my experience suggests many are not aware of the various approaches, resources and terminology used in project management. Thus, […]
Project management in research is often talked about in the context of being a transferable skill. A skill you pick up in your PhD and research career that is useful outside research. However, do you actually manage your research projects? Or do they manage you? Do you employ a project […]
Download as PDF At the recent IMNIS event on building an industry career, three questions came from the audience that I thought were useful to write about in a little more detail.
Most PhDs don’t have a long term career in academia Stats from the US and the UK show that less than 10% of PhD graduates have a ten or more year career in academia. So, for those still in there that long – awesome work you’re one of the few. For those leaving, left or considering leave – you’re […]
Start with the transferable skills you identify yourself as having. Then combine that with the area you did your PhD in. In both cases you might need to increase the level of abstraction. So, if your transferable skill is technical writing, maybe think about it as writing more broadly. If your […]