April 5, 2019 Panel: Applying for Jobs in Industry

April 5, 2019
Panel: Applying for Jobs in Industry
Hosts: Janelle Kirsch & Rebecca Watson

Approximately 90 graduate students attended a panel discussion about applying and interviewing to industrial jobs on April 5th.

The topic of this panel was of great interest to students in the department and paired well with the previous CSIEUM panel detailing applications and interviews for academic jobs. The panel comprised of three Michigan students who recently accepted industrial positions; fifth years Rebecca Watson (Pfizer) and Devin Ferguson (Dow) and post-doc Dr. Kirk Shimkin (Janssen).

The event began with a short presentation by the panelists including a timeline for the application process, typical interview questions, and general suggestions. The rest of the time was open to questions from the audience.

Overall, the panel discussion was very well received and gave answers to a wide range of questions from the audience. In the future, it would be beneficial to recruit newly hired students from a range of departmental clusters, but we found this to be difficult this year due to the various start times for the industrial positions.