Designing your own career

Designing Your Own Career Path in the Private Sector

Helping scientists build their own exciting career outside academia (Online and in-person)

Industry career workshop for scientists

Designing a career path in the private sector is often a struggle for scientists and engineers. Most of our professors have no experience designing an industry career path and can’t help us. I recall my own advisor telling me “If you go into industry, you are on your own!” It's not that she didn't want to help me. She absolutely did. It's just that she'd spent her entire career in academia and knew almost nothing about the private sector.

But it’s not as hard as it seems to design a career path that is exciting, rewarding, and most of all, fits your own personal strengths and interests. In this short course I’ll teach you the process I’ve used for my own career and have taught to many others.

Upon completion of this short-course, the participants will be able to:

  1. List the five important steps for designing their own rewarding career path in the private sector
  2. Evaluate their own strengths in terms of their skills, their knowledge, and most importantly, their attributes
  3. Describe which of their strengths are most important for an industry career
  4. Follow three steps to defining their career target and utilize several new ways to research this target
  5. Understand how to navigate the hidden job market to find that opportunity that fits them well


David M. Giltner, PhD – Founder and President of TurningScience

David has spent more than twenty years developing cutting-edge photonics technologies into commercial products in the fields of optical communications, remote sensing, directed energy, and scientific instrumentation. In 2017 he started TurningScience to provide training and support for scientists of all disciplines seeking to enter the private sector as employees, collaborators, or entrepreneurs.

David is the author of the books Turning Science into Things People Need: Voices of Scientists Working in Industry and It’s a Game, not a Formula: How to Succeed as a Scientist Working in the Private Sector and is an internationally recognized speaker and mentor on the topics of technology commercialization, product development, and career design. David has a BS and PhD in physics and holds seven patents in the fields of laser spectroscopy and optical communications.

Contact me about this short-course

Scientists working in the private sector find that there is often no single right answer to many of the questions they face. For a scientist who has been trained in the skills and habits of looking for right answers, this is often a shift in thinking. At TurningScience, we say that being successful requires understanding that ‘It’s a game, not a formula.’ This talk will help you understand this principle!