How did being a postdoc prepare you for your current job?
Core skills, most notably the ability to define a problem, as well as the ability to research and formulate solutions, have been useful in all the jobs I have had post-academia. These skills have been applicable to automotive manufacturing, smart and sustainable cities, and in consulting where I work with a range of clients in different sectors.
While hard and soft skills are important for making the transition from academia to industry, I have found that developing a mindset of growth and flexibility (commitment to continuous learning and the willingness to take on roles that may require moving beyond area of expertise) and innovation (which is not only about new ideas, but also new applications of existing ideas), are even more crucial.
How would you describe yourself now?
I would describe myself as someone who is constantly seeking opportunities to make a positive impact on society through my work. I would have described myself the same way as when I was a postdoc, but other roles and organisations have given me a “bigger” platform.