Essential Skills for a Career in Industry – How to Be More Employable in the Private Sector!

Essential Skills for a Career in Industry – How to Be More Employable in the Private Sector!13.03.2024 14:00 - 17:30 (Wed)onlineDr. David Giltner
Essential Skills for a Career in Industry – How to Be More Employable in the Private Sector!14.03.2024 14:00 - 17:30 (Thu)onlineDr. David Giltner
Essential Skills for a Career in Industry – How to Be More Employable in the Private Sector!15.03.2024 14:00 - 17:30 (Fri)onlineDr. David Giltner
Career design, science careers, industry transition, job performance, time management, interviewing, networking
Course Description: 

Are you considering a career in the private sector where you will ‘turn science into things people need?’ That’s a very exciting choice, and of course, it’s where most of us scientists build our careers. 

But many of us have questions about making this transition. Questions like: What is working in the private sector like? What skills do I need to be successful? How will I impress a hiring manager when I have no industry experience? What will my manager expect from me? What kinds of jobs can a scientist get in a company anyway?  

This workshop, taught by an instructor with more than 20 years’ experience hiring and managing scientists in the private sector, helps you with these questions and more. If you are considering a career in the private sector and want to learn more about how to get a job and how to be successful, this is the workshop for you!

If you're still not sure, you can watch a short video on the contents of this course.

Course aims: 
  • Know how to successfully start an industry career (get to know employers, score a job, work effectively in their job).
  • Understand how and where your unique strengths as a scientist make you particularly well suited for an industry job.
  • Figure out whether an industry career is a good option for you
  • Understand the rules for productivity and habits for success in industry.
  • Design your own rewarding career path in the private sector.
  • Describe many private sector career options that fit scientists well and why.
  • Use the most effective methods for getting a good industry job.
  • Answer some of the most challenging interview questions you may encounter.
  • Describe your research project in a way that will sound engaging to an industry manager who knows little about your research area.
Teaching methods: 

Lectures sections with stories and case studies to illustrate key points, Interactive discussions with the whole group, Worksheets for self-reflection and development of career strategies and actions, Development of concepts in Individual or small group formats followed by presentation in plenary

This course fits doctoral candidates in the following phase: 

During the doctorate | at the end of the doctorate

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Technical requirements: 

Laptop/tablet with stable internet connection, microphone, webcam, Zoom (in most cases).

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Additional information: 

We will use a workbook titled Designing Your Industry Career that the participants can take with them after the workshop to continue their career development planning. For online presentations, the worksheets are delivered in PDF format. 

What participants say about this course: 
  • The course gives specific and highly relevant insights into the possible careers of scientists.
  • This course gave me more confidence by focusing on my strengths.
  • The course is well-organized with several different modules and vivid examples.
  • It was a terrific experience and David showcased the impact of his advice with his own personality and experiences, which is way more powerful than reading the same advice in a book for example.
  • I liked the laid-back atmosphere with real stories, cases and examples as well as the good advice and explanations. The exchange of the trainer's personal experience was also very interesting.
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Graduate School Geschäftsstelle
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35 Euro
Dr. David Giltner

Dr. David Giltner has spent over twenty years developing cutting-edge photonics technologies into commercial products. Through his exciting and varied career, he has learned much about the private sector, but also a lot about where scientists can contribute in exciting and meaningful ways. David is the author of the books Turning Science into Things People Need and It’s a Game, not a Formula and is an internationally recognized speaker and mentor on technology commercialization, product development, and career design.