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3 Top Biotechnology And Pharmaceutical Industry Trends Every PhD Should Know

Most PhD students don’t have a clue about what’s going on in industry. Do you?

These PhDs do NOT understand the factors, innovations, and breakthroughs that are shaping the current markets in industry. Without knowledge of industry trends such as these, you can come across as naïve and inexperienced at job interviews. You can miss out on job opportunities that you are otherwise trained for. A survey by the Association of Graduate Recruiters found that 67% of employers rated “Commercial Awareness” as the top skill shortage among graduates. Here are 3 industry trends PhDs like you should know.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (January 31st, 2016)

Every week we scour the internet to find the best industry transition articles for PhDs, so you don’t have to. We have two consultants independently search for the most informative articles on networking, CVs/resumes, transferable skills, interviews, academic blues, and industry positions. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and for a top overall article each week. This week’s best articles are here.

Why PhDs Don’t Need Industry Experience To Get An Industry Job

PhDs don’t need industry experience to get an industry job.

Consider the new technical skills you mastered throughout the course of your graduate studies. Consider the endless papers you read to develop your hypotheses. Like all PhDs, you know how to find answers, learn new skills, and quickly adapt to changing environments. As such, you should be confident in your ability to transition into an industry career, even if you don’t have any industry experience. Here are 5 tips for transitioning into industry without industry experience.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (January 24th, 2016)

Every week we scour the internet to find the best industry transition articles for PhDs, so you don’t have to. We have two consultants independently search for the most informative articles on networking, CVs/resumes, transferable skills, interviews, academic blues, and industry positions. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and for a top overall article each week. This week’s best articles are here.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (January 17th, 2016)

Every week we scour the internet to find the best industry transition articles for PhDs, so you don’t have to. We have two consultants independently search for the most informative articles on networking, CVs/resumes, transferable skills, interviews, academic blues, and industry positions. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and for a top overall article each week. This week’s best articles are here.

The Cheeky Scientist Association is literally the only training program you need to transition into industry. Before joining the association, I was doing a postdoc in a fantastic lab. . . and hating every minute of it. After nearly a decade on the bench, I loved learning about science, but I hated doing it. I had lost my drive to become a professor (or even do experiments). I felt like I was always trying to push myself into this box of who I was supposed to be (a bench scientist) rather than highlight my unique skills and interests. I knew that I wanted to join the medical communications industry for years, but felt guilty admitting that to my boss, to my colleagues, and even to myself. After I became an associate, my whole world opened up. The transition plan helped me place my goals and dreams into tangible, results-driven actions. The webinars with industry professionals were invaluable. Most importantly, access to the private group with over 500 members gave me the support and confidence that I needed for success. I knew I could ask any question, big or small, and every step of the way there were numerous members who wanted to help. Reading about the successes (and hardships) or other members gave me the energy to push through the job search. Within a few months, I had hiring managers, recruiters, and even C-level executives reaching out to me for advice about their business challenges. As a result of joining the CSA, I received numerous interviews and had my pick of job offers from many clients all over the world! Seeing that I could help many businesses achieve the growth they desired, I founded my own medical consulting company, JLJ consultancy, with clients including Novartis, MyTomorrows, Cactus Communications, Springer Life Sciences, various academic journals, venture capital firms, and more! My future couldn’t be brighter, and I couldn’t be happier! If you’re considering leaving academia for good to follow your dreams…join the cheeky scientist.

The content in the Association was very valuable. I enjoyed the online webinars and catalogued interviews, and I really enjoyed hearing the experience that various industry professionals had during their transition from academia into industry. I was also very surprised by how active the private online group was and much great material was shared in it. The group helped me keep refining my job search approach and my message, including my elevator pitch. Most importantly, the Association taught me the importance of networking and following up with ALL of my professional contacts. Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association, I hadn’t kept in touch with any of my past professional contacts. As soon as I started getting back in touch, things changed. Suddenly, I was going on referrals and getting interviews. Now, I have the industry job I always wanted and am excited for my future.

Bartosz Balczerski, Ph.D
Bartosz Balczerski, Ph.D.

I was a postdoc for 4 years before finally getting an industry job and the only reason I got the job I wanted is because I followed the Cheeky Scientist Association’s follow-up strategies. After staying in touch with some key hiring managers and following the “3-4 touch point” rule, the job was mine. I was also able to negotiate a higher salary and a signing bonus using the Association’s negotiation gambits. Joining the Cheeky Scientist Association was the best investment I’ve ever made. The program takes you from unsure scientist to confident industry professionals. It changed my life.

Before joining the Cheeky Scientist Association my industry resume was not good. I was also struggling with how to network and how to get referrals when networking. I had worked in academia my whole life and didn’t even have one connection in industry. This all changed when I joined the Association. The best part of the Association is that it comes with a readymade network. As soon as I joined, my LinkedIn connections increased drastically and I suddenly had many industry professionals in my network. I was really surprised with how quickly things started to change after joining. Now that I was an Associate, I was much more confident. HR professionals started reaching out to me too. My biggest “Aha!” moment was when I watched the the Core Training Program webinars on articulating and leveraging transferable skills. Wow, this made all the difference in the world.

I’m glad I joined the Cheeky Scientist Association when I did because I missed the last enrollment period and didn’t want to wait another 6 months to join. Once I joined the Association, I was struck by how much I learned from the Core Training Programs right away. My initial resume was a four page mess! It had a really long publication list and the rest of the information was bloated and scattered. Once I applied the Association’s strategies, it was only two pages. That’s when hiring managers and recruiters started actually replying to my messages. I also learned the Association’s 3-step technique for following up after an interview. This is what led me to getting the job I have now. Thanks for being there when I needed you Cheeky Scientist Association.