# Ten things to consider to translate your PhD skills to other careers ## Purpose of the list - Give people confidence that they have options in their career - Provide examples of other types of careers - Motivate learning of basic useful skills ## Brainstorming Add any ideas here (ever more than ten), to be organized later. - Realize that options exist and can be intellectually stimulating. You are not trapped into one career path. - Version control - Be able to pitch and explain the value of your work to someone outside your field - . - . ## The list (later on, we can try to copy the ideas to here) ### References and related links - https://www.podoco.fi/ - *Some google/g.scholar searches with keywords "top skills from academia to industry"* - https://neurostars.org/t/resources-and-dscussion-for-transition-from-academia-industry/15760/8 - interesting thread with discussions (result of a large "unconference" in neuroscience from a couple of years ago) - "[Ten Simple Rules for Choosing between Industry and Academia](https://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/article?id=10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000388)" - Old (2009), not systematic, but still a good list of reflections to consider before leaving Academia (or viceversa) - https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140710180223-10052870-top-five-skills-you-need-to-make-a-successful-transition-from-academia-to-industry/ - Have not yet read it - https://www.elsevier.com/connect/6-things-to-consider-when-transitioning-from-academia-to-industry - Generic, not that interesting - https://cheekyscientist.com/transferable-skills-recruiters-are-looking-for/ - Clear stress on time management and project management - https://beyondprof.com/10-transferable-skills-from-your-phd-that-employers-want/ - https://www.enago.com/academy/transferable-skills-that-phd-students-postdocs-must-develop/ - https://medium.com/@mandlabs/top-10-deep-tech-skills-of-the-21st-century-to-bridge-the-gap-between-academia-industry-f0cb87cec5ae - This is more software/tech oriented but it still misses the big picture (e.g. they say you need to know python, but the true skill is know one programming language and have organized code for your projects, any language can be learned once a person masters one)