Why did you choose the sector you’ve moved into?
Well, to be honest, when I applied to IBM, I did not know that the position would be so related to my research background and interests. It was only after the interview that I realised how closely linked to my research this opportunity was.
In fact, I feel like I had the knowledge and methodological background, and what IBM provides researchers with is the infrastructure and environment to apply this knowledge to industry and share it with fellow researchers from various disciplinary backgrounds, so that every employee develops anew from this mutual sharing of ideas and practices.
How did you get this job?
In terms of how my IBM application happened, I found out that there were vacancies and the advertisement for the specific post I applied for was on LinkedIn’s homepage. I could not get much information about the content of the post or how close a fit I was for it, as the job description was quite generic.
On LinkedIn, there is an option for you to just click a button and automatically apply for a post. So, you don’t need to write a cover letter or submit your CV, at least at this initial stage. I was actually talking to my partner about it and she said “Just click it and we see what happens”.
After a while, I received a phone call and had an initial conversation with a senior person from the Research team, which made me feel really good, as we ‘spoke the same language’ due to our common disciplinary background and the whole interview became easier for me. This phone interview also provided me with more concrete information about the job specification.
After this phone call, I was invited to come to the UK and have a formal interview, which is like a job centre day, based around a talk related to my field of research and meeting the wider team.
So I came to the UK, delivered my talk and met the team and then returned to Spain and continued my teaching and postdoc job. I had to wait for 3-4 months before hearing back from IBM, which made me think that I hadn’t got the post. The story had a good ending though: I received another phone call, notifying me that I was a successful applicant and like that, I moved from Spain to the UK.