| ||Ask HN: Moving from academia to tech?|
9 points by stablemap on Sept 17, 2016 | hide | past | web | favorite | 10 comments |
|Short version: What advice would you give to someone interested in leaving non-applied academic science and getting into tech?|
I wanted to give a very general prompt so that any answers I'm lucky enough to receive might be useful to others, but maybe I should mention that I'll soon have a PhD and live in a major US city. Let me bring up some more specifics in the form of concerns that I don't think are overly personal.
* I read HN every day and have a rough idea of what's going on but haven't had time to program seriously in years. I believe I'm still capable of throwing together a useful web application in a matter of days but I imagine this is true of today's unpaid interns. I've no relevant portfolio or formal experience.
* In the evenings I'm enjoying reading about algorithms again. Given my training I think I could make meaningful contributions here. But again, no real experience and I'm used to thinking about theory for days at a time -- if I even reached an interview I think I'd be a disaster.
In person I would have more to say but this is already very long. You are right to be skeptical of the basic idea. I hope it's at least an interesting question and that I didn't miss anything while searching.
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