Loving, but leaving, academia: Considerations for a life and career outside the academy
During graduate school, researchers often ponder: "Do I continue pursuing a career in academia, or do I take my skills to an industry setting?" This decision-making process is often nuanced and complex given that people must balance their competing needs and desires. In this session, I hope to spark honest and personal discussion around this decision-making process. Specifically, I will share my own (largely positive!) experiences within academia, as well as the factors that ultimately led me to decide on accepting a research-oriented position in industry. The remainder of our time together will be spent engaging in discussion derived from audience members' questions and comments. Additionally, I am happy to field any and all questions about the industry job-hunt process (resumes, interviews, types of positions out there, salary negotiations, etc.). While this session may be particularly valuable for late-stage graduate students and postdocs, individuals at all career stages are welcome.
James Dunlea, Columbia University