About 3 months before the end of my postdoc project I started thinking about the next step. I was not sure of what job I should search for but I knew it had to be related to the life sciences industry. I searched on the university jobs portal and I found the business engagement role. I thought it was a perfect transition to move from academia to industry.
I worked as much as I could on the application, transforming my CV from the standard “academic” to a new “industrial” version, highlighting my related previous experience in business development and R&D management and tailoring it point by point for this specific job offer. I also worked on the cover letter, connecting my skills to the role’s specifications, providing clear examples for each of the requirements.
I submitted my application and soon after, I was informed that I had been short-listed for an interview. My interview session consisted of resolving a brief practical task (about 20 min) and immediately after, I was interviewed by a panel of members of the Directorate of Research and Business Engagement.
I had prepared for the interview, writing down potential questions with concise and clear answers, where I could relate specific examples of my previous experience. I felt quite confident and comfortable during the whole interview. This is usually a good sign.
One week after, I was offered the Business Engagement Officer role and I started in the new post about one month after. It was definitely a hard decision to leave many years of academic research behind, but I do not regret it, because it is a step towards the pathway I want to follow in my career.
Apart from this, the transition was quite smooth, since my new office is five minutes away from my former colleagues’ office and the coffee served at my new building’s café is great!