Studies indicate that the broad education provided by the traditional university courses in higher education combined with a specialization into one area through a research-based PhD as provided by the ITN is an ideal preparation for future careers outside of academia.
Fellows deciding to leave academia will therefore be ideally positioned for a career outside of the academic sector:
- International mobility: according to Eurostat, people employed in the European Science and
Technology sector are still highly immobile. Fellows graduating from the network will have a broad international experience, through having worked for almost three years in a foreign country and through further longer secondments in two more countries.
By thus having proven their transnational mobility, they will be ideally suited for internationally oriented positions in European industry.
- Experience in International Research: there is also a general need of experienced researchers and scientists within the European Union, not only in the biophysics, biochemistry and biology sector. Through performing PhD-level research in these fields, fellows have shown their ability to work through a highly complex and interdisciplinary environment and that they are highly efficient in problem solving, good at finding solutions for complex problems. These capabilities are independent from the discipline in which they are applied and ideal skills for industrial R&D and management positions.
- Experience at the interface between academic and industrial research: through contacts with industry, both within the network in all the forms considered by the ITN programme, as well as from interactions at the network schools and other network-wide activities, the fellows will have an understanding of the requirements of working at the interface between science and industry.
- Project Management Experience: through performing a PhD, fellows show that they are able to follow through a three year-long research program. Through structured planning of their research and through participation in the organization of the network-wide training events, fellows will have obtained significant project management skills at the end of their PhD.
- Complementary Skills: the training received in complementary skills through the network and at the host institutions has prepared fellows ideally for work inside and outside of academia, as capabilities such as the concise presentation of complex results, the ability of working in more than one language, cross cultural abilities, time management, report writing, grant proposal writing (which is similar to industry’s bidding processes) and other skill are independent of the area where they are used.
- Entrepreneur skills: all three participating SME are offsprings from university research groups. Young researcher had the unique possibility to receive training in one of the global pharmaceutical companies, one in Switzerland and two in US.
In addition to the training of extra-curricular skills, the students have been highly encouraged to participate at challenges such as the JacoBus Challenge, an international business plan competition, http://www.jacobus-challenge.com, run at the private Jacobs University but open to all students and integration of the ITN Fellows as a particular working will be envisaged.