Be More Employable

How to Be More Employable in the Private Sector

What do you really need to know to get a job and do well? (Online and in-person)

Industry career workshop for scientists

Are you wondering what working in the private sector as a scientist is really like? The most important thing you need to know is that it is different than academic research in several important ways. In fact, there are five specific ways that working in industry is very different than working in academia, based on what is created, what is rewarded, and how one succeeds.

Understanding these differences is important, and this talk will outline them for you. But something much more useful to understand is that these differences mean that success requires new thinking and working habits. This talk is all about introducing you to these critical habits.

Seminar Content:

In the talk "How to Be More Employable in the Private Sector", we cover the following important topics:

  • We give you five ways that working in the private sector is different than academia, the environment where most of us have spent our entire careers to date.
  • We give you five critical thinking and working habits - habits that scientists who are successful in their private sector careers learned quickly
  • We share stories from successful industry scientists to illustrate exactly why the working and thinking habits are so important and how you might implement them in your own career
  • Finally - making hard decisions is…well, hard…but it’s critical to success. We cover a technique to help you do it better and faster.

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 is your first big step towards understanding this principle!


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.

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The seminar How to be more employable in the private sector is also offered through NaturalScience.Careers under the title 'Essential Skills for a Career in Industry'