Transition to Industry Bootcamp – March 18th

Transition to Industry Bootcamp – March 18th

The Torrey Pines Training Consortium (Career Development and Postdoc Affairs offices from UC San Diego, Salk, The Scripps Research Institute, Sanford Burhham Prebys) invite you to attend the TRANSITION TO INDUSTRY BOOTCAMP this Friday, March 18, 2016.


Adapting to industry jobs can be a significant challenge for scientists coming from academia. Industry values–and even requires–skills that go beyond the traditional scientific/technical competencies.

Having an awareness of your skills and an ability to express them in business terms provides a significant competitive advantage in landing an industry job and being successful in that job.

By attending this workshop, you will transition from the often quoted “over-qualified and under experienced” kiss of death to the “Best Qualified with relevant experience.”


At the all day workshop you will learn:

  • The Business of Science: The career challenges that PhDs face have evolved significantly over the past 10-15 years.  Academic tenure-track positions have become more and more competitive, and there is generally little to no training or guidance with respect the opportunities available outside academia, the critical skills required and how to successfully compete for those jobs. In this two hour interactive session we will discuss the technical, business and social skills that are valued both within and outside academia and how to relate your own scientific experiences and accomplishments to those skills in a way that demonstrates your hiring value. Participants will learn how to dissect a job ad to identify the required skills, and how to develop a 2 page targeted resume that reflects their qualifications and experiences in the context of those skills, and how to develop talking points to effectively handle the behavioral-based interview process.
  • Practical Project Management for Scientists: Project Management experience is highly valued for many professional positions available to scientists, due to its focus on efficiency, and reliably completing projects on time and on budget.  Being able to demonstrate practical experience with this important skill provides a real advantage when competing for jobs.  The scientific method, which is the basis of biomedical research, very closely parallels the project management process.  So in essence, scientists are putting project management into practice every day (even if they don’t realize it!).  In this session students will learn to translate their scientific experience into the language of project management by clearly defining the project’s goals, success criteria, assumptions and action plan.  Their project management experiences are then iterated in their resume and interview preparation. Students will then use that same project management approach to develop a plan to looking for, and land their first job.


  • Financial Literacy: In this session, we will review what you need to know about finance to negotiate a salary offer and to evaluate the financial health of an organization.   Using a Case Study learning method for a local biotech, we will step through 12 basic financial terms for doing business.  Participants will then utilize these terms in evaluating the health of a company.  Finally, we will look at the financial considerations of negotiating your total compensation package with your hiring manager at your new job.
  • Applied Communications and Networking: By attending and participating in this whole-day SciPhD workshop, participants should be able to perform the following:
    • Identify and find the type of jobs they are seeking
    • Analyze a job ad, identify the critical technical, business and social skills required to qualify for an interview
    • Develop a competitive targeted resume that relates their research and life experiences that match the required and unique competitive advantage skills
    • Apply industry Project Management best practices to their own scientific research project, and their job search project
    • Evaluate companies of interest with respect to their financial health
    • Leverage communications techniques to build their network, get company intelligence, and perform well in behavioral-based job interviews.

Date: Friday, March 18, 2016
Time: 7:30am-5:00pm
Location: The Auditorium at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) at 10620 John J. Hopkins Drive
Event details and to register:

Cost: $75 plus credit card process fee (includes light breakfast and lunch)



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