Should I do a postdoc if I want a career in industry?

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Should I do a postdoc?

When I visit universities to work with science PhDs on their career development, I’m frequently asked “I want an industry career. Should I do a postdoc? Will a postdoc help me?”


The answer I always give is: “If you are transitioning to industry, then no you shouldn’t. It will not help you, and it just may hurt you.’ You’ve already spent enough time in school.


Once you have a PhD, it’s time to finally go get some real world experience.

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