Last weekend I had the good fortune to participate in a panel at Neuromatch Academy on career development for neuroscience students. If you’re a student who’s only ever experienced academia – and especially if your advisors have only ever seen academia – it can be hard to break out of academo-normative thinking and conceptualize the wider world of mainstream careers. (This problem is so weird that some academics refer to the path that 80-90% of graduate degree holders choose as “alternative careers” or ‘alt-ac’.)
Below are some slides that I hope will help students (in neuroscience and other disciplines) think a bit more clearly about mainstream career opportunities. This is just one of many perspectives on how to find your way into the private sector.