When delivering a job talk in industry, you need to remember why you are there and focus on the expectations of the audience.
There are great opportunities in industry, as well as situations in which your career could languish.
Think about what it was like when you were 16 or 17 years old, and you were learning to drive your parents' car.
Whether it's ethics or collegiality, decisions like this can have very real consequences, especially for people who are early in their careers and therefore vulnerable.
Can you manage your way through a career in industry?
In academia, he says, you are rewarded by the development of the knowledge base. The difference in industry is that you are paid for the judgment.
It's tempting to hang with the tried and true, but sometimes going against the crowd can pay off.
The daily stimulation of the mind, which he likened in our meeting to "putting on the thinking cap," is both a pleasure and a necessary tool for personal growth.
Perhaps the best advice is that because there's nothing you can do about it anyway, you might as well be yourself. There's something liberating about the idea that you don't really have to perform, to pretend to be something you're not.
"The most successful people realize that counting on perfection at all times is impractical." --Michael Zigmond
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