Although many students commence their doctoral studies with the aim of being a university academic, statistics show that the percentage who become professors is only around 0.5%.
The RMIT node of the CNBP hosted an alternative careers workshop with five experts who shared their pathways from doctoral studies into the wider world.
Elliot Taranto completed a PhD in immunology and biology and now works in a technical and sales role at Olympus; Margie Beiharz completed a PhD in zoology and is now a freelance editor; Matthew Lay (pictured top left) undertook his PhD in semiconductor device fabrication and now works as a patent attorney; Shane Huntington’s PhD was in photonics and he is now the Deputy Director of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health; and Victoria Coleman’s PhD was in semiconductor physics and she now leads the Nanometrology Section at the National Measurement Institute.
The panelists shared their pathways and the opportunities for research, interaction and fulfillment that their careers provided. Often stressed was how the ‘soft skills’ of writing, speaking, and collaboration played key roles in their success.
The session was chaired by CNBP Chief Investigator Andy Greentree.