How to prepare for industrial job as a postdoc?

  • September 30, 2021 4:42 AM EDT

    Hi guys
    I am an early postdoc (~9 months). My doctoral dissertation is about OLED, and my current project is about silicone polymers. Both of which are closely related to industry. I have three patents (all in doctoral studies).
    1. What do you think about my chances of getting a job in the industry?
    2. What should I do to increase my chances of getting a job in the industry?
    3. What project should I work on to attract industry employers?
    PS: I'm not giving up on an academic career. I just want to prepare with two hands

    • 212 posts
    October 4, 2021 3:34 AM EDT

    Do you have any first author's works? I can't give a lot of advice, as I'm just getting close to applying for postdocs myself.


    This post was edited by Joe Nyagah at October 4, 2021 3:34 AM EDT
    • 71 posts
    October 4, 2021 3:38 AM EDT

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