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What is important for a job Applied Industry (Biotechnology)

Postby BioCore » Tue Dec 22, 2009 12:10 am

Hi there everyone, and happy holidays.

So I was wondering if we could discuss this or if someone could confirm this. I have heard from quite a few people that when you transition from university into industry a lot of the time people depend on just the general information of what they studied in school. While what they use depends on the topic or project they are assigned. In essence that in industry before doing research you would usually do background readings and checks on the topic.

Is this true? OR if not, Is there some certain information that I should be spending more time on to be better prepared for industry? I know I have to know lab techniques and calculations or processes well, but I am specifically asking about exact mechanisms of certain events. Such things as taught in Cell Biology, would a person ever use all that information at the same time?

Thanks for the discussion.
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Re: What is important for a job Applied Industry (Biotechnology)

Postby jonmoulton » Tue Dec 22, 2009 4:41 pm

You are practicing a kind of learning, the detailed digging into the mechanisms behind observations, that you will need to do if you go into industry. The specific details you are learning may or may not be useful, but the ability to do the kind of learning you are doing will be tremendously useful. You need to be able to find the information you need when you need it. You need to understand biological processes so that you can find paths to reach a commercial goal and determine which path will be reliable and cost-effective. You need to be able to learn the mechanisms behind a process so that when something goes wrong you can troubleshoot. There is always more to learn, challenges like these will be novel. Studying and research make you better at learning.
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