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Old 05.06.2020, 10:23
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Re: Transitioning from academia to industry

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A company I worked for hired an ex academic (about 20 years professor) who was a stress specialist. He was a horror to work with due to his attitude of perfection before timelines. Every typo, every piece of information referenced in depth, every calculation down to the smallest decimal place. Often where a back of the napkin calculation would suffice he'd insist on a full FEM model.

The company kept him for his ability to talk to other academics for grants and uni based research. Any work with a timeline was kept away from him and we used to joke about his "Doctorarbeit" timelines. It didn't matter when it was finished as long as it was to a publishable standard.

That's my experience, it may have been down to his attitude more than his background but I think they were related.
While perfection is a prerequisite for scientific research, you do get people like that in industry who weren't academics.

Sometimes the going with the hunch will get thinks quickly back on track rather than weeks of painstaking testing.
To be honest, I think a mix of personality types can be most productive in getting things done.
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