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Planning a Scientific Career in Industry: Strategies for Graduates and Academics

ISBN: 978-0-470-59418-6
225 pages
April 2010
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A handy guide for students seeking a scientific career in industry

When choosing a career in industry, many of today's graduates with degrees in science and technology don't know exactly what they are looking for, the options they have available, how to position themselves to achieve their goals, or even how to define their own meanings of success. By addressing each of these issues, Planning a Scientific Career in Industry covers material not found in school textbooks or career guides to show what makes an industry tick, then demonstrates how this knowledge can be used to gain fresh perspective and open new career doors. This book:

  • Provides unique insight for new graduates on the technology sector
  • Offers tools of the trade that can be used by the graduate to make decisions on the job
  • Defines how to understand the DNA of an organization, the nature and viability of career choices, and the value of specific skills
With the backing of authors who have distinguished themselves in industry, this book presents a variety of techniques and applications, along with sound guidelines, that help chart a career course filled with rewarding opportunities—both personally and professionally.
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Thinking About Careers.

Chapter 2. Meet the Industry.

Chapter 3. The Protagonist of Your Career.

Chapter 4. Starting Out.

Chapter 5. Establishing Yourself.

Chapter 6. Leadership and Growth.

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Author Information

Sanat Mohanty, with a PhD in chemical engineering, has worked in R&D and in technology management at 3M. He has been involved in scoping new technologies and developing them for a variety of markets. He also spent signi-ficant time interacting with graduating scientists and engineers and orientation of new graduates in the industry.

Ranjana Ghosh, with a master's degree in chemical engineering, has spent more than twelve years in industry in India and the USA, working on operations research applied to a wide set of areas, including transportation, chemical industry, aviation, and defense. Most recently, she was engaged in developing technologies for the aerospace sector as a scientist at Honeywell.

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"There is a lot of other good advice which should be useful to new starters in industry." (Chemistry World, August 2010)

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