The Great Wall of Experience

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Author : Todd Pihl

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As a number of the bloggers here have noticed, one of the biggest obstacles that postdocs face in moving into the commercial world is the dreaded “3-5 years of business experience” requirement seen in so many ads.  Many times, it seems as if there are no entry-level positions at all!  Just like the Great Wall of China was built to keep enemies out, it seems like companies use experience to keep away potentially great employees.  So how do you get around this obstacle?  Well, I'll use my own transition as an example of what NOT to do.