Science to Data Science: PhDs moving to industry & startups


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The Drivery

Mariendorfer Damm 1

12099 Berlin


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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:

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

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 only choice.


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 host

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

10.00 Welcome & 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.

10.10 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

10.45 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)

12.00 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)

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The Drivery

Mariendorfer Damm 1

12099 Berlin


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