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  • What to Expect in Industry

    Lisa Sproul Hoverman, PhD
    Job Search
    Advice for Scientists
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    Industry is a world of business and bottom lines, where time is money and efficiency is key.  People demand punctuality and timeliness, and give rewards for jobs done early and very well.  Original thought, unless you are the CXO, is usually not entertained on a daily basis, and time for original thought is limited. The expectation is that you will complete the given task according to the agreed upon plan, not experimenting to optimize or enhance the process.  Industry also looks for the solution and job completion on a 9-5, M-F basis.  Working weekends is abnormal.  Projects are often short and unconnected.  You move with the transitioning projects, putting down and leaving behind anything that becomes old, irrelevant, or not worth investment of time, no matter how interesting. What industry offers as a reward for rapidly, well completed, and successful jobs is greater monetary reward than academia, and ...