|Florian Michahelles||not available||Fri, 16.03.2018|
In this session, Dr. Michahelles talked about his experience working in academia then shifting to industry, starting his research group in Siemens, Berkley. We discussed topics such as:
- Possible career paths of PhD graduates.
- How to do the shift between academia and industry and vice versa.
- Research opportunities in industry
- Criteria for selecting interns in industry in top notch companies and expectations from the candidates. There were some hints like:
- Prepare 1-page CVs
- Candidates are expected to contribute and be proactive => no spoon feeding and pre-set tasks
- Candidates are expected to bring expertise to the company
- Difference between acquiring research funding in academia and research and concepts like term-alignment. (In industry: 30% is base fund and the other is acquired by internal funding requests / research proposals)
- Required levels of abstraction for presenting research and highlighting its contribution: be able to present your work in 1 minute.
- It is fairly important to have an internship abroad from your PhD location as it demonstrates your ability to relocate.
- There aren’t many industrial ads asking for PhD students because they are so few to build a market. However, once you apply to companies and they realize you are available, a lot of offers are available and specially tailored for PhD holders.
- A lot of the companies do not care about the particular topic of your PhD. However, they care about your general skill set like being a problem solver and being able to have a vision. On the other hand, some companies are head hunting for very specific technical skill set, particularly students working at the intersection of domains (E.g.: HCI and AI). Thus, conferences are popular hiring locations.