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NOVA Doctoral School presents David Giltner

22 February 2023
Auditorium A - Rectory


Included in the celebrations of NOVA's 50th anniversary - and 10 years of the NOVA Doctoral School - the session scheduled for February 22, in the auditorium of the Rectory, will be very special since it will feature the prestigious founder of the Turning Science website to talk to us about the transition from academia to the business world   

Created in 2013, the NOVA Doctoral School aims to provide transversal training to doctoral students, mostly short courses also open to teachers and researchers from the entire NOVA community.   

Now, with the support of the American Corner programme, which is promoted by the US Embassy, and within the scope of the celebrations of NOVA's 50th anniversary, NOVA welcomes David Giltner, prestigious motivational speaker, and founder of the Turning Science, who is helping scientists all over the planet to succeed in the business world.     

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Wednesday, Feb 22, 2023

9:30h - 10:30h: Designing Your Own Career Path in the Private Sector 

Academic careers have well-defined paths, but private-sector careers do not. Where does one start? Here's what David Giltner is proposing:

"Learn five important steps toward building an exciting private sector career that fits your strengths! Scientists and engineers often struggle to plan a private sector career. Most of our professors have no experience designing an industry career path and can’t help us. As David Giltner Highlights,  I recall my own advisor telling me “If you go into industry, you are on your own!” But it’s not as hard as it seems to design a career path that is exciting, rewarding, and most of all fits your own personal strengths and interests. In this seminar, I’ll teach you the process I’ve used for my own career and have taught to many others."

Learning Outcomes:
This seminar will teach the participants the following:
1. Five steps for designing an exciting and rewarding career in the private sector
2. How to determine which strengths are most important for an industry career
3. The best way to convince an industry hiring manager that they will be an asset to the company

30 minutes break

11:00h - 12:30h: Telling Better Stories with the Same Facts 

Learn how to talk about your academic research experience in a way that helps an industry hiring manager see you are valuable and industry-ready! 


Short biography

David Giltner has spent more than twenty years developing cutting-edge photonics technologies into commercial products in optical communications, remote sensing, directed energy, and scientific instrumentation. David is the author of the books Turning Science into Things People Need and It’s a Game, not a Formula and is an internationally recognized speaker and mentor on the topics of technology commercialization, product development, and career design.

David has developed the unique ability to function well in both highly technical and business circles and has often functioned as an interpreter to help these two worlds communicate more
productively. In 2017 he started TurningScience to provide training and support for scientists of all disciplines seeking to work in the private sector as employees, collaborators, or entrepreneurs.

David has a BS and PhD in physics and holds seven patents in the fields of laser spectroscopy and optical communications.