If we tell scientists that most job openings are never being advertised but are passed by word in someone’s network, we see jaws drop. Often, PhD students and postdocs feel insecure about their network.
Most of us who complete a PhD in a science discipline will end up working outside of aca-demia. Are you wondering what working in the private sector is really like? How do you find these jobs? Do you feel confident that you can impress an industry hiring manager when you describe the very specialized research project you just spent years pursuing?