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You don’t have to leave scientific training to have an enjoyable (and lucrative) side business as a technical consultant.
"One of the true essentials of developing an academic consulting business is determining a systematic plan for growth."
People who like flexibility in scheduling their work often find this work arrangement better suited to their needs.
Solving a corporate problem is not much different from solving a scientific problem.
"Remember that just the mere perception of conflict, even if completely unfounded, can be just as damaging as an actual ethical breach."
A leading attorney and a serial entrepreneur explain how to avoid potholes when reviewing consulting agreements with biomedical companies.
A group of grad students and postdocs has created a successful, non-profit consulting group to improve their private-sector employment prospects.
"In many European countries, the brain drain may well become more pronounced as mobility increases with the future expansion of the European Union."
A new program launched by the French government allows Ph.D. students to sell their skills to nonacademic sectors and expand their career opportunities.
"Despite the stumbling blocks, it now seems a perfectly natural extension of my professional role as an academic to be a consultant on the side. ..."
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"I still need to worry about money," says Graham Smith. The difference now is that he does not have to bring in money because of profit targets but "because of my curiosity about how the universe works. That's a very different motivation."
A small but growing number of scientists are training others in the hard and soft skills of managing a laboratory.
As big-pharma jobs disappear, pharma scientists are landing at start-ups, launching their own, or joining academia.
If you have any interest in management consulting, investment banking, or quantitative finance, these information sessions may be a valuable window on the recruitment process.
For those of you aiming to go into the consultancy business like me, I can say that nothing you learn will be wasted.
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