You just finished your PhD or Post Doc in a renowned life sciences research institute and you can now start your professional life. Will you continue an academic career (but what are your odds to have a full professorship soon?) or do you want to explore a career in Industry? Do you want to work for a large pharma company or are you more pulled towards the adventure of an innovative biotech or medtech company? And how do you overcome the hurdle in industry oriented jobs looking for ‘experience, expertise etc.’, all things you do not have yet? Dr. Tsung Yen Wu went through this emotional rollercoaster himself recently before joining AGIO Capital and Henk Joos has 40 years of experience in the sector and has been involved in numerous occasions in hiring people, coaching people and mentoring people.
The session at MDC has given insights to 50 PhD and Postdoc Researchers in these ‘choices of life’.
Dr. Joos: ‘It is absolutely essential that job matching takes into consideration more things than diploma, experience and expertise; things like personality, teamplayer profiling, talents and specific other competences are even more important. And if people find the job that matches their person, we can avoid people to be unhappy and to go into dead ends in their career or even worse, burn-outs.'