Research Consultancy: Taking the Plunge?

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SIKS Carrieredag, Utrecht, the Netherlands, February 18, 2009

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Research Consultancy: Taking the Plunge?

  1. 1. Research consultancy: Taking the plunge? Aldo de Moor CommunitySense the Netherlands WWW.COMMUNITYSENSE.NL
  2. 2. Linking pin between science and society Ideas Applications YOU!
  3. 3. Pros and cons <ul><li>+ More freedom & control - More risk </li></ul><ul><li>+ More relevant research - Less (rigorous) </li></ul><ul><li>+ More own research research </li></ul><ul><li>agenda - More goodbyes </li></ul><ul><li>+ More diversity - Less beaches </li></ul><ul><li>+ More satisfaction </li></ul>
  4. 4. Do’s and don’ts <ul><li>Be ready: PhD + postdoc is ideal </li></ul><ul><li>Have (and keep!) a financial buffer (>1 yr) </li></ul><ul><li>Logo, website, blog </li></ul><ul><li>Network, network (and network!) </li></ul><ul><li>Be pro-active </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t underestimate acquisition </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t set rates too low </li></ul><ul><li>Plan and track time </li></ul><ul><li>Stay connected to research community </li></ul><ul><li>Invest in research time and places </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy it! </li></ul>

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