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Moving To Industry

  1. 1. Moving to Industry National Cancer Institute 9 th Annual CCR Fellows and Young Investigators Colloquium March 18 th – 20 th , 2009 Hershey, PA Matthew Sammons Recruiter Qiagen, Inc.
  2. 2. QIAGEN Discussion topics <ul><ul><li>Background </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biotech Industry Overview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moving to Industry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Career Opportunities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Industry Specific Skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Development of Skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Application and Interview Process </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. QIAGEN At a glance <ul><li>As the innovative market and technology leader, QIAGEN creates sample and assay technologies that enable access to content from any biological sample. </li></ul><ul><li>Our mission is to enable our customers to achieve outstanding success and breakthroughs in life sciences, applied testing, pharma, and molecular diagnostics. We thereby make improvements in life possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Our commitment to the markets, customers, and patients we serve drives our innovation and leadership in all areas where our sample and assay technologies are required. </li></ul><ul><li>The exceptional talent, skill, and passion of our employees are key to QIAGEN’s excellence, success and value. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Founded: 1984 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employees: Approximately 3,000 employees in 33 countries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Approx. 1,000 employees here in Maryland </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>US Headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corp. Headquarters in Hilden, Germany </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2008 Net Income: $ 893.0 Million </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. QIAGEN Biotechnology industry overview <ul><li>As of Dec. 31, 2006, there were 1,452 biotechnology companies in the United States, of which 336 were publicly held.* </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Washington DC/Montgomery County is the 5 th largest metropolitan area (in terms of employment) for research, testing, and medical laboratory in the US.* </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. QIAGEN Biotechnology industry overview 1998 2000 2002 2006 Year Source: MD Bio, 2007 Report, “Biosciences in Maryland, Taking Care of Business”
  6. 6. QIAGEN Biotechnology industry overview <ul><li>Industry Position Opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bioinformatics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chemical Engineers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chemists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clinical Specialists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clinical Research Professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Field Service Technicians </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manufacturing Engineers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical/Technical Writers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Microbiologists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Molecular Biologists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organic Chemists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pharmacists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Process Scientists/Engineers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Product Support Specialists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Management Associates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality Assurance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality Control </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulatory Affairs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Associates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scientists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service Specialists </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. QIAGEN Industry Specific Skills <ul><ul><li>Work in a regulated environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delivering results in a timely manner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong documentation skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customer focus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Working well in a team atmosphere </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Working within a budget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training or developing new staff </li></ul></ul>The two main differences between academia and industry are TIME and MONEY
  8. 8. QIAGEN Development of Industry Skills <ul><ul><li>Familiarize yourself with the product development life cycle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand the difference between research and development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be prepared for change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be prepared to meet deadlines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Humble yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subscribe to industry newsletters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>,,, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep in touch with colleagues and mentors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internships </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research projects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network with industry organizations and websites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>BIO, MD Tech Council, Women in Bio, LinkedIn </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. QIAGEN Application process <ul><li>Research – Industry & Companies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know the company & know the job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t apply for every job in the company </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Get your resume ready </li></ul><ul><li>Get contact information and follow up </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure the correct people received your resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career fairs, sponsored events, discussions, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Keep a notebook </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Company, job, contact info, date </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. QIAGEN Resume Tips <ul><li>Your Resume and CV are not the same </li></ul><ul><li>Organize </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Summary of qualifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Go into detail </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Include all relevant job experiences and duties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technical abilities, laboratory experience </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Independent research, training seminars, lab work, semester projects & classes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use the job description as a guideline </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Applying for a Technical Writing position: outline your most relevant publications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business position: reference supply and budget management, presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relevant experiences can range from classroom to boardroom </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resume should read like a shopping list </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be afraid of length </li></ul><ul><li>Let your personality come out in an interview, not on a resume </li></ul>
  11. 11. QIAGEN Interviewing tips <ul><li>Interviewing Tips </li></ul><ul><li>Professional appearance </li></ul><ul><li>Arrive 10-15 minutes early </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewing tips: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice explaining yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be straight forward </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make eye contact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay upbeat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t slander past experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have relevant questions prepared </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask to take notes on their answers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have a conversation and let your personality show </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be honest about what you want in a job, career, company, environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask for any suggestions – “Do you think I’m qualified for this position, and if not, what concerns do you have?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This is your interview, you close it! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay positive, think positive, and be proactive. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. QIAGEN Thank you <ul><li>For further information, questions, </li></ul><ul><li>or a copy of this presentation </li></ul><ul><li>please contact; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Matthew Sammons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Qiagen Inc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1201 Clopper Rd. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gaithersburg, MD 20878 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(301) 944-7067 </li></ul></ul>