12. Februar 2019 - 17:30 bis 20:30
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Science to Data Science: PhDs moving to industry & startups | Wissenschaftspark | Dienstag, 12. Februar 2019

At some point, most PhDs wonder whether to continue in academia or leave for a job in the industry. More money, time or impact: Motives will vary, and are equally valid. Data Analytics, Data Science & Artificial Intelligence constitute the fastest growing job market for the very highly qualified.
Workshop outcome:

Guidance: How do I find out if a career in data analytics or data science is right for me?
A customizable roadmap for completing the transition in 6 to 9 months.
Tips and tricks on approaching the labor market and hiring managers 

Graphmasters.net is hosting 10,000 Data Scientists for Europe, and you can use their routing software and app  navigate to the event site Hollerithallee 17, 30419 Hannover. 
Target participants 
Any Ph.D. researcher or Postdoc with a numerate background - e.g. STEM, statistics, econometrics - that is curious about the opportunities in industry or is wondering whether an academic career is a best or the only choice.
Proof-of-concept
The event concept is based on
a)    >500 interviews of aspiring data analysts and data scientists and >100 re-written CVs
b)    >12 successful events in e.g. Berlin, Bonn, Freiburg, Göttingen, Heidelberg, Köln, Stuttgart, Tübingen
c)    Behind-the-scenes cooperation with hiring managers & recruiters
Your moderator
Dr. Chris Armbruster is building the community for the mobility innovators' club The Drivery, Berlin. Earlier, he helped roll out digital infrastructures for the 80 Max Planck Institutes, while also researching postdoc careers.
Workshop structure
17.30 Welcome with snacks & drinks 
18.00 Workshop objective
The objective is to empower workshop participants to make an informed decision among the following alternatives: Academia versus Data industry. For that purpose, a customizable roadmap is offered for a successful switch to the Data professions.
Career change versus continuity
“If I were to cross the bridge from academia to the industry: How much continuity or change will I have in my career?” 
Groups are invited to discuss and agree on key aspects of career change versus continuity. The results are presented to all.

Jam session - Track record or track switching? (Groups of 3-4)
Plenary session - Pro & Con of change and continuity

A roadmap: From career exploration to employment
In an ‘Ask Me Anything’ format we will query the four essential milestones of the career transition to Data Analytics or Data Science in 6 to 9 months: a) exploration of the field; b) domain orientation; c) skills gap analysis and training; d) career start. 

Roadmap for the transition (Handout and Q&A)

Data on employment, startups, and industry trends
Data on job growth, startup funding, and industry trends are presented. Moreover, data on starting and median salaries have also been collected by a variety of independent sources.

Presentation of data and trends (10 min)
Final Q&A (5 min) 


10,000 Data Scientists for Europe
Our mission is finding and empowering Data & AI talent as fast as possible: 10,000 Data Scientists designing and producing the data-driven products of the 21st century. Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter. You will find more events on Eventbrite and Meetup.