Series: In The Spotlight
How often have you thought about transitioning to a non-academic or a non-traditional career after your PhD or postdoc, but had limited exposure to such ‘alternate’ careers and STEM professionals making such transitions? A study conducted by the Royal Society in 2010 reported that out of all the freshly minted PhDs, 53% goes for non-research careers outside academia and another 26.5% will do the same at some point in their career. Hence, a whopping 79.5% of the PhDs will have a career beyond professorate even after specializing in a core competency for many years. Isn’t it time that we start thinking about these careers as ‘careers of choice’ rather than alternate careers? In the Spotlight Series, we will explore such fascinating and unique careers and learn from the STEM professionals who have embarked on their wonderful journeys in these careers.
Series: New Faculty Perspective
Is pursuing an academic faculty career your prime ambition? You might find that your mind has already started weaving multiple novel research ideas and as you are reading this, it has wandered off to your dream institute. Or maybe you know you want to remain in academia, but you do not know how and where to search for your dream institute or research ideas. You miss your family and friends (and oh, that delicious Indian food!) and would love to settle down in India and start a research lab. But you are not sure how to start thinking about that arduous transition. If so, you have come to the right place to get answers on how to navigate through your transition period from being a successful student or postdoc to being an established faculty in India. To learn more about how early career professionals in the United States have transitioned to a faculty position in India recently, Atul, Sayan, and Manali from the Sci-ROI team had conversations with some new faculty members from eminent universities in India.