Career Development

When life gives you a little more than you can handle…Time Management

When life gives you a little more than you can handle…Time Management

time managementphoto cred: Sykes

Unlike academia, where you have frequent meetings with peers and guiding professors, it’s easy to get caught up with individual responsibilities in the corporate world. Do you…Ever have questions on your mind that are left unanswered? Do you feel alone and without guidance? Or do you feel like you don’t really know who you’re working with? Although it’s not the Holy Grail, groups like The SearchLite’s Innovator-In-Residence Focus Group can be a great source of information. TSL recently launched our first session on October 5th and we had a blast! We focused on the topic of Time Management as it is a very common struggle for anyone – whether in Academia or Industry. Courses from reliable sources including: Coursera, Lynda, and Alison, do exist with suggestions and guidance on how to best manage time, but the best ideas can come from casual conversation.

Read more

Transitioning From Academia to Startup

“If you can’t get excited about your own work and convey that, no one else will either.”: Transitioning from Academia to Startup.

Insights from two academic researchers who have made the leap



So you want to transition from academia to startup? Don’t think you can handle this or does this sound a little too ambitious for you? We’ve found a couple of these ambitious people to tell you from first hand experience that with hard work, aspiration, and drive it is indeed possible! Qi Zhang, co-founder of Rational Bananas, is one of our own Innovators-in-Residence at The SearchLite. He is a PhD candidate in life science at the University of Michigan and is currently studying how a circadian clock regulates daily feeding patterns by looking into the feeding behavior the genetically modified fruit flies. Daniel Johnson founded Exo Dynamics and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and is currently working on his post-doctorate while teaching engineering design as part of the multidisciplinary design program (MDP) at U of M.

Read more

Linkedin, A Customer Discovery Tool

cheap trick lyrics Linkedin, A Customer Discovery Tool


LinkedIn is becoming the hottest place to connect with others on a professional scale as more than 313 million users all over the world are using this platform. Many come because of the lure of potentially meeting a future employer or employee, while others come for the social aspect of staying connected with close ties and making them closer. Regardless of the motive, every professional should have a linkedin profile.

Sure, it’s easy to blindly start a LinkedIn profile because you are being told to do so, but why should you start one?

Read more

15 things that may catch you off guard when transitioning from Academia to Non-Academic Careers…

15 things that may catch you off guard when transitioning from Academia to Non-Academic Careers…


go here Surprises come in many forms and can be your best and worst friend, but the worst type of surprise is when it catches you off guard and you’re not prepared to handle what it has to offer. Have no fear! To alleviate much of this anxiety, The SearchLite went on a quest to find out what surprised people the most upon entering an industry after an arduous academic experience and boy are you in for a treat. Devon Triplett, Diane Bouis, and Bhramara Tirupati are three successful cases of people who have already made the transition from academia to industry, but it certainly wasn’t a walk in the park. Here are the top lists of what they considered to be the most surprising through first-hand experience.

Read more

How to make the move: Academia to a non-academic career

academia-nonacademia image

Ever wonder what it may be like outside of research, textbooks, and prestigious institutions? Transitioning from academia to non-academia is not easy…but not to worry – you’re not alone.

Often times people think that shifting from academia to non-academia is a black and white change, but it doesn’t have to be (most likely it will not be) so abrupt or clearly divided.

Maybe there are many things holding you back from taking the first step: lack of support, lack of resources, lack of information, fear. But, the most important steps to alleviate much stress are to take a breath, plan, and take small steps forward. There’s a reason it’s called a transition and not teleportation.

Read more

“Graduate Level Careers in Industry: Job-Searching, Interviewing and Careers”

 Are you considering a career outside of academia?

The SearchLite’s Innovators-in-Residence program presents:

“Graduate Level Careers in Industry:  Job-Searching, Interviewing and Careers”

Tuesday, December 2, 2014,  Chittenden Hall, Michigan State University Campus

Link to the presentation deck – Seminar 12-02-2014

Link  to the presentation audio recording – Audio Recording

Read more

Webinar: CV to Resume Workshop

Are you considering working in the private sector?

The SearchLite’s Innovators-in-Residence program presents:

The CV to Resume workshop!

October 7, 2014

5:30- 6:30 PM EDT

Free Webinar- Registration Required

Read more

Show Buttons
Hide Buttons