220: Debunking Private Sector Myths And Creating Impact In Non Academic Roles with Sandra Torres
In this episode, we cover the topic of debunking private sector myths and creating impact in non-academic roles with Sandra Torres.
Sandra is a STEM career coach and entrepreneur. With over a decade of experience, she empowers PhD graduate students and postdocs to seamlessly transition from academia to the private sector, while honoring their values. Drawing from her own successful transition 12 years ago, Sandra offers unique insights into the challenges faced by academics. Sandra is committed to guiding STEM professionals towards fulfilling, value-driven careers.
On the show, Sandra addresses misconceptions about the private sector, including beliefs that it is less flexible or fulfilling than academic work. She acknowledges the common challenges for academics entering the private sector include imposter syndrome, not knowing how to articulate transferable skills, struggling with corporate culture transitions, and feeling like a “sellout.” She also encourages listeners to carefully consider what success, fulfillment, and impact means for them personally instead of just following a predetermined path. Tune in to this episode to hear all her tips for academics seeking to make the transition to industry!
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