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Session 110 - Jobs for Astronomers Outside Academia.
Oral session, Thursday, January 16
Is the grass greener on the other side? After graduating from U. Wisconsin-Madison, I chose to leave astronomy and work for Honeywell Loveland Controls, a small-company subsidiary of Honeywell. I'll give some practical advice on what worked for me in finding an industry job (most effective line for the cover letter: "Please ignore my Ph.D."), while also delving into the topic that few people are willing to discuss: the emotional preparation for doing an industry job search. While my talk will be geared toward those considering a job in industry, I will also offer suggestions to faculty on how astronomy departments can assist students in doing an industry job search.
Program listing for Thursday