Alternative Careers Workshop

Alternative Careers Workshop

Alternative Careers Workshop

Moderator: Alycia Weinberger Panelists: Sonia Esperanca (NSF), Winston Chan (Corvusys, Inc.), David Applegate (USGS), Michelle Weinberger (Schafer Corp.)

April 4, 2014


Each year, the search for academic jobs becomes more and more competitive. The search for jobs outside of academia is a big step for postdocs and they could use advice on why they should look into other options and how to proceed. Working in challenging, innovative, lucrative, and important non-academic scientific jobs can be as equally gratifying as academic jobs.

Helpful books:

  1. Leaving the Ivory Tower: The Causes and Consequences of Departure from Doctoral Study, by Barbara E. Lovitts
  2. Guide to Non-Traditional Careers in Science: A Resource Guide for Pursuing a Non-Traditional Path, by Karen Y. Kreeger
  3. Put Your Science to Work: The Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists, by Peter S. Fisk
  4. To Boldly Go: A Practical Career Guide for Scientists, by Peter S. Fiske

Suggested Resources:

Applying to the Presidential Management Fellows Program
NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps)
The U.S. Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) 
DOD Jobs
50 Most Influential Think Tanks
Apply for Research Grants

Other suggestions:

  • Connect to LinkedIn
  • Glass Door
  • USAJobs
  • Have a great website
  • Network!!!
  • Cast your nets wide: obtain experience in supervising people and leading change (Sonia)
  • Public service can be meaningful (David)
  • Control your destiny: need brilliant idea, know how to write proposals for small business grants, and knowledge of working the system and running a business (Winston)
  • Funds are earmarked for women-owned companies (Michelle)