How to Be More Employable in the Private Sector

Target group: Scientists
Last date: 14,16 & 17.12.2021, 13.30-17pm
Duration: 3 online sessions over three days. Each session will run from 13:30 – 17:00 with breaks for working on exercises and limiting screen time.
Coach: David M. Giltner, PhD, TurningScience, LLC
Course language: English
Registration: via 

So, you’ve decided to head out into the private sector to ‘turn science into things people need.’ Excellent choice! While the private sector is a very exciting and dynamic environment that is full of rewarding career options for scientists, it is also very different than the career path we were trained for. You will need to develop new work habits and learn some new tools to be successful. This course, taught by an instructor with more than 20 years’ experience hiring and managing scientists and engineers in the private sector, will give you a head start.

1.1. Course Content:

  • • How is working in industry different than academia?
  • • Work habits that successful scientists learn quickly
  • • Can a scientist find a rewarding career in industry?
  • • Review: What are my unique strengths?
  • • Designing your career path in the Private Sector
  • • How to describe your research to impress an industry manager
  • • Finance: the language of business
  • • Stories from the many interviews the lecturer has completed with scientists who have built rewarding careers in the private sector
  • • How do successful people accomplish everything?
  • • Wrap-up review and action plan

1.2. Course Objective:

The lecture portions of the course are focused on conveying information about the industry working environment that is typically not well known to people working in an academic research environment - information about how companies operate and habits that bring success in this very different environment. These principles are supported with many stories from more than two decades of experience the trainer has gathered over his own career. Furthermore, we want to enable participants to take a critical view on their contact points with industry.

The course will enable participants to:

  1. Know what they´ll sign up for when entering an industry career.
  2. Know about the success factors in such a career.
  3. Understand how and where their unique strengths as a scientist make them particularly well suited for an industry job.
  4. Know how to successfully start an industry career (get to know employers, score a job, work effectively in their job).
  5. Figure out whether an industry career is a good option for them.

1.3. Methods:

The course is highly interactive, mostly based on lectures, discussions and interactive exercises. We aim to bring together the skills and experiences the trainer has gathered in academic and industrial settings. Among others, we´ll use the following methods:

  • • Presentation phases with stories to illustrate key points, Interactive discussions
  • • Worksheets for self-reflection and development of career strategies and actions
  • • Case studies from the trainer as well as from the participants
  • • Practically oriented activities and scenarios
  • • Development of concepts in Individual or small group work (exercises) of the participants and presentation in plenary.

These interactive sessions are adapted for an online format using Zoom breakout rooms and PDF worksheets plus collaborative online documents for the participants to record collaborative work.

1.4. Required materials:

Online format: TurningScience uses the Zoom online meeting application and has a premium account that we can use to hold the workshops. PDF worksheets (included in price) will be sent two weeks in advance to be distributed to participants before the workshop.


David M. Giltner


Dr. Jacqueline Leßig-Owlanj
Phone: +49 5323 72-2972