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Start your career in the private sector

JUNO Workshop

Target audience postdocs
Language English
Duration 2 sessions on 2 consecutive days, 2pm to 5:30pm each day
Capacity max. 12
Credits for habilitation no
Workshop costs Participation is free for HHU members and members of HHU's Medical Faculty.
Registration Please register using the registration form below.

Upcoming workshops

Date Time Format Registration
28. + 29.05.2024 2 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. Online Training Registration.


Many postdocs have questions about the transition from academia to the private sector. 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?

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 right workshop for you.

The course will enable participants to:
1) Know how to successfully start an industry career (get to know employers,
score a job, work effectively in their job).
2) Figure out whether an industry career is a good option for them.
3) Understand the rules for productivity and habits for success in industry.
4) Design their own rewarding career path in the private sector.
5) Answer some of the most challenging interview questions they may
6) Describe their research project in a way that will sound engaging to an
industry manager who knows little about their research area.

  • How is industry different than academia
  • Designing your own career path in the private sector
  • How do you describe your PhD research to an industry hiring manager?
  • Terminology that helps you sound more industry savvy in an interview
  • Overcoming common job search challenges

Dr. David Giltner has commercialized photonics technologies for optical communications, remote sensing, scientific instrumentation, and industrial combustion monitoring applications. He is from the United States and has a PhD in Physics. In 2010 he published ‘Turning Science into Things People Need,’ which explored the careers of 10 scientists who have built successful careers in the private sector. In 2017 he founded TurningScience to help scientists learn the non-technical skills they need to transition effectively into industry careers.