Non-Academic Careers Workshop

Non-Academic Careers Workshop

Non-Academic Careers Workshop

Moderator: Alycia Weinberger Panelists: Sonia Esperanca (NSF), Winston Chan (Corvusys, Inc.), David Applegate (USGS), Michelle Weinberger (Schafer Corp.)

April 4, 2014

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Each year, the search for academic jobs becomes more and more competitive. The search for jobs outside of academia is a big step for postdocs and they could use advice on why they should look into other options and how to proceed. Working in challenging, innovative, lucrative, and important non-academic scientific jobs can be as equally gratifying as academic jobs.

Helpful books:

  1. Leaving the Ivory Tower: The Causes and Consequences of Departure from Doctoral Study, by Barbara E. Lovitts
  2. Guide to Non-Traditional Careers in Science: A Resource Guide for Pursuing a Non-Traditional Path, by Karen Y. Kreeger
  3. Put Your Science to Work: The Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists, by Peter S. Fisk
  4. To Boldly Go: A Practical Career Guide for Scientists, by Peter S. Fiske

Suggested Resources:

Applying to the Presidential Management Fellows Program
NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps)
The U.S. Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) 
DOD Jobs
Independent Think Tanks
Apply for Research Grants

Other suggestions:

  • Connect to LinkedIn
  • Glass Door
  • USAJobs
  • Have a great website
  • Network!!!
  • Cast your nets wide: obtain experience in supervising people and leading change (Sonia)
  • Public service can be meaningful (David)
  • Control your destiny: need brilliant idea, know how to write proposals for small business grants, and knowledge of working the system and running a business (Winston)
  • Funds are earmarked for women-owned companies (Michelle)