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Essential industry skills

Essential Skills for a Career in Industry

Duration: 60 minutes

Trainer: David Giltner

Target group: PhD students and postdocs

Number of participants: No limit

Are you wondering what working in the private sector as a scientist is really like? The most important thing you need to know is that it is different than academic research in several important ways. In fact, there are five specific ways that working in industry is very different than working in academia, based on what is created, what is rewarded, and how one succeeds.


Understanding these differences is important, and this talk will outline them for you. But something much more useful to understand is that these differences mean that success requires new thinking and working habits. This talk is all about introducing you to these critical habits.


In the talk "Essential Skills for a Career in Industry", we cover the following important topics:

  • We give you five ways that working in the private sector is different than academia, the environment where most of us have spent our entire careers to date.
  • We give you five critical thinking and working habits - habits that scientists who are successful in their private sector careers learned quickly
  • We share stories from successful industry scientists to illustrate exactly why the working and thinking habits are so important and how you might implement them in your own career
  • Finally - making hard decisions is…well, hard…but it’s critical to success. We cover a technique to help you do it better and faster.


Scientists working in the private sector find that there is often no single right answer to many of the questions they face. For a scientist who has been trained in the skills and habits of looking for right answers, this is often a shift in thinking. At TurningScience, we say that being successful requires understanding that ‘It’s a game, not a formula.’ This talk is your first big step towards understanding this principle!


Already interested to learn more about this topic before enjoying this session?


You might be interested in the section Your skillset from our Career resources.

We also wrote the article Filling in industry skills gaps, which was published in Chemistry World.

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