Think Like a Researcher, Act Like a Business (Wo)Man

Have you seen this movie yet? You're missing!

Have you seen this movie yet? You’re missing!

Dear Researcher, if you are considering what life holds for you outside academia, this letter is for you. 

I found this message while fiddling with LinkedIn mobile yesterday morning. I was checking out the different groups I had joined, and this struck me as really interesting. 
The status update was posted in the group “PhD to Consulting”, and it was so good that I decided to share it on Diary of a Media Junkie. 
Some tips – You are more than you think: There will be a time where you will have to sell yourself. Thus you have to be ready and for that, you need to take enough time to identify what are your skills and your real expertise. This is not as easy as it looks. 
First, because we suffer from a cognitive bias. You should try to simplify, reduce to its essence anything that you are doing and translate that into business terms. 
We often think that business and research are two different worlds and we have a tendency to be too humble (or too arrogant, by fear) because we fail to understand what the business really is. 
What we are doing in science is not different to what people in industry are doing. 
Managing people is the same, coordinating their activities, define roles and tasks for your team is not different. 
You are developing strategic plans when you are thinking about all the alternatives to your initial project if it fails. 
See, it is simple, but you need to sit down and think about this. 
By the way it will be super useful to help you define what you really like 
-Dominique B (culled from his LinkedIn post)
Media Junkie
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