In a recent Science Careers forum thread, contributor ARN, who has a PhD and five years of postdoc experience, is soliciting advice on interviewing at biotech firm — ARN is particularly asking about being interviewed by employees there with undergraduate degrees and several years in industry experience. "Is it common in industry setting to consider [someone with] an undergrad [degree] with 5 years experience as equal to [someone with a] PhD?" ARN asks. In response, contributor Ken says that in industry, "it is very common to be interviewed by people you will be working with at all levels." Commenter Dave Jensen adds that "promotion in industry work [is awarded] according to results and productivity — the pecking order isn't always ranked by degree level." While ARN acknowledges no intention of appearing "arrogant," DJM warns ARN to be wary of trying to break in to the biotech industry with a "degree-driven attitude."
Dangers of a 'Degree-Driven Attitude'
Jul 27, 2011