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Recent Biomed Eng PhD trying to break into industry

PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 9:45 pm
by JKC
I've come across this old thread discussing a similar situation to me: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5907

Specifically, the thread got into a discussion about the merits of forcefully relocating to a biotech hub area (SF and Boston are obvious ones). I'm a fairly recent PhD graduate in biomedical engineering, and my old dream since I started my college education was to eventually end up doing industry research. Along the way I got side-tracked a bit by exploring a possible academic career. My time in graduate school definitely answered that question with a "no". Now I find myself located in a non-hub city with zero industry connections and a background in a very non-translatable research field.

I've done a handful of informational interviews exploring alternative career options, such as science writing and management consulting, but I fear pursuing those will permanently close the door on a career doing research. I've read enough and talked to enough people that I get the sense there is no real potential here in my current city if I want to do industry research, so I'm seriously considering just picking myself up and moving to the SF Bay Area. The key difference here is that I'm actually from there, and I have significant personal and family connections there. Unfortunately I don't have any professional connections I could leverage.

So should I do it? Is it still a terrible idea? Do I even have a future in research? I know moving to another location with no network is bad, but I don't feel like it's any better where I am now.

I appreciate any advice on this. I just have to say this is an amazing forum with great career advice.