From academic solos to industrial symphonies

Leaping from academia to industry can be vexing, confusing and, to be frank, sometimes irritating. It is not easy to be trained all your life by trusted professors only to be told that some of this training needs to be unlearned to succeed in industry. Both explicit and implicit aspects of today’s postdoctoral training can directly interfere with a seamless jump into industry. In academia, shared authorship is often negatively correlated with scientific kudos, Quixotism is venerated and singular thinking is encouraged. But in industry, these customs can limit both your success and enjoyment of your new role because of three fatal errors: individualism, science for science’s sake and exceptionalism. As researchers who transitioned to industry, we share in the following article some lessons that helped to make the path a little less jarring for us. In the end, we would not trade the journey, as the teams and projects we have each had the opportunity to be part of make up for any temporary trauma encountered along the way.

From academic solos to industrial symphonies : Article : Bioentrepreneur.

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