Konstantina TavoulariDigital Product Designer at Desquared S.A
Don’t hesitate for this transition, if you really want. You do know about how to work hard and you do have all the necessary skills to do this.
Rebecca McKelveyEducation Partnership Lead at DeepMind
Understanding what really motivates me and gets me out of bed in the morning tended to steer me in the right direction and enabled me to realise my calling.
Chia-Jung ChangResearch Scientist at Meta
When the job is highly related to my PhD field, I’m able to ramp up faster and apply my domain knowledge to the job. When the job is less related to my PhD, self-learning and soft skills are generally useful.
Lucas Carreras VinentTeam Lead - Development at Johnson Matthey
My research training set me up to… Organise my time and available resources efficiently and understand the value of determination and perseverance.
Katie LowPolicy Officer at European Commission
I would encourage people to think deeply about what they really want – if you truly wish to be an academic, that’s wonderful, but there is no shame in deciding on a different career, even if you have been successful in academia so far.
Sue AitkenAssociate at Genesis Analytics
It is actually true that you can love what you do! But it is important to find the place that is right for you, and therein lies the trick!
Sumiti SaharanResearch and Design Director at Avegen
I miss neuroscience. I knew I would miss it even when I made my decision to move on. That said, I have found myself using the same mental research and problem-solving faculties in my current job, even though it has no link to neuroscience.
Xi ChenHead of Computer Vision at Latent Logic
Try to focus, or at least keep yourself up to date with the problems that industry is trying to solve.
Laura ChurcherInnovation Consultant at Innovia Technology
There are many more options out there than you’re easily aware of – some careers services may channel people towards certain career paths. It can be hard to see options other than academia when you’re in academia, but leaving isn’t a sign of failure, it’s a choice.
Velicia BachtiarSenior Biomedical Scientist at Perspectum Diagnostics
Don’t be afraid to reach out to people that have made the move and to ask them questions. There is a whole world outside of academia and the options are endless, you just have to look!
Hannah HareConsultant / Physicist at TTP plc (The Technology Partnership)
During my DPhil I also found more time to get involved in extracurricular activities compared with my undergraduate degree.