P. Lues wrote:If you know what you want to do, I would pursue that instead of a postdoc. I would ask other PhDs who are in tech transfer about their career path and see if their postdoc was helpful, and if so, why/why not. I'd be really surprised if it did help them in their daily responsibilities beyond just knowing more science.
I have spoken to a few PhDs in tech transfer (well just 3) but it wasn't very helpful. The 2 that did postdocs seem to think that postdoc is essential and the one that skipped it told me it would be a waste of time. And their decisions were based on how quickly they wanted out of the lab. I didn't want that to be the deciding factor. I enjoy lab work and I'm willing to put in another couple of years of training, but only if it will help with my career. I don't want to do a postdoc if it's not going to be useful to my future. I already feel like my PhD was somewhat overkill. A month in on the job and everything I've done so far has had nothing to do with my PhD training. I've only used what I learned during my BSc. Of course I probably lacked the maturity to do this back then. I didn't even know what tech transfer was at that age.
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