How to Be More Employable in the Private Sector

A workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center

Most of us who complete a PhD in a science discipline will end up working outside of academia. Are you wondering what working in the private sector is really like? How do you find these jobs? Do you feel confident that you can impress an industry hiring manager when you describe the very specialized research project you just spent years pursuing? And what kinds of jobs can a scientist get in a company anyway? This workshop helps you with these questions and many more about the exciting world that awaits scientists in the private sector!


Tuesday, January 25, 2022
2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022
2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 27, 2022
2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Dr. David Giltner





Target Group

Doctoral students considering a career in the private sector


Business and Organization


11 units are applicable within the "Doctorate plus" certificate

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Course Content

  • How industry is different than academia
  • Rewarding industry careers for scientists
  • Designing your private sector career path
  • Impressing an industry manager
  • Overcoming job search challenges
  • Business topics not taught in science

Course Description

The course will enable participants to:
1) Understand the rules for productivity and success in industry.
2) Design their own rewarding career path in the private sector.
3) Describe many private sector career options that fit scientists well.
4) Use the most effective methods for getting a good industry job.
5) Successfully present their research and collaboration ideas to industry managers in an interview situation.

All participants receive worksheets for the course in PDF format for offline and future use so that they can work through the material offline as well as after the course.


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141


Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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