If you’re in tech transfer and feel it’s time for a change in your employer, don’t begin with a Google search of open jobs. If you do, you may find yourself in a job that provides the same stressors and problems as your current one. Instead, begin with these assessments to help you find the ideal fit. There’s a lot more to discerning the ideal tech transfer job for you than just reading the job description.
Perform a Previous Job Assessment
Ideally, each of your jobs should be better than the last so if you’re considering looking for a new one, it’s time to perform a self-assessment and achieve a better understand of what you’re looking for. You should be able to readily answer:
- What is the best part about my current job?
- What is the worst?
- What did I miss when I took this position that I had in my last role?
- What do I wish this position allowed me to do more of?
- What talent of mine is least utilized in my current role?
Read Between the (Tech Transfer Job Description) Lines
Assuming you have now figured out what you want in your new job, the next logical step is to look at the opportunities in the tech transfer industry. When you find something that looks interesting ask yourself:
- Looking at my career (or personal) goals how does this position move me forward/closer to them?
- Does this take me out of my comfort zone? Is that a positive or a negative?
- Are my fantasies about this job in line with the reality?
Analyze the Extras
The surrounding geographic area of your ideal tech transfer job is just as important as the job itself. If you hate the location, it won’t be long before you begin hating what you do. After all, as much time as we spend at work we still spend quite a lot of time away from it. Ask yourself:
- Do I like big cities or small towns; the beach or the mountains?
- Am I worried about schools in the area (now or in the future)?
- Do I live to drive (commutes vary in cities plus some have better public transportation systems that others)?
- Is the town fitting of my lifestyle (conservative/liberal, environmentally aware, or culturally sensitive)?
- Do I prefer indoor cultural activities or outdoor exploration?
If you’re ready to make the jump to a new position in tech transfer, the Vortechs Group can help. We have been contracted with several large research universities for exclusive, targeted searches. Contact us today and we’ll help you find your ideal placement.
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