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Exploring paths outside academia & which skills are good to have
06. Juni 2023 | 16:00 | online
Dr. Arildo Dias is an ecologist and current Biodiversity Team Lead at the startup Single.Earth. I studied Biology and hold a Ph.D. in Plant Biology at Campinas State University (Brazil). My main research experience is at the interface of biodiversity and ecosystem services monitoring focused on the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. I have had the opportunity to work as a lecturer and postdoc researcher in different institutions in Brazil and the Netherlands.
For family reasons, I have to move to Germany, and throughout three years, including the Covid pandemic in between, I found it quite difficult to get a job in academia. After so many rejections for postdoc positions, I decided to explore a path outside of academia. In this talk, I will provide a mix of information about my career path and also share insights into key skills (e.g., problem-solving, and project management) that we normally don’t pay attention to developing in large part because publication-driven science dominates academia, but that are general and essential skills for the job market outside academia.