Professional Development Event
Designing Your Own Career Path in the Private Sector
icon_in-person.svgIn person: 2 August 2021 • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM PDT | Marriott Marquis, Balboa 
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Open to those with a paid registration badge.
No advance registration is required. However, seating is limited and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Scientists and engineers often struggle to plan a private sector career. Most of our professors have no experience designing an industry career path and can’t help us. I recall my own advisor telling me “If you go into industry, you are on your own!” But it’s not as hard as it seems to design a career path that is exciting, rewarding, and most of all, fits your own personal strengths and interests. In this webinar I’ll teach you the process I’ve used for my own career and have taught to many others.

Intended Audience
This workshop is intended for graduate and undergraduate students in science and engineering programs who are planning to pursue careers in the private sector. Scientists and engineers who are already working in industry but find themselves unsure where to take the next step in their careers will also find this course very helpful.


David M. Giltner is the author of the book Turning Science into Things People Need, and is an internationally recognized speaker and mentor for early career scientists and engineers seeking careers in industry. He has spent the last 20 years commercializing photonics technologies in a variety of roles for several companies including JDS Uniphase and Ball Aerospace. Through his time in the private sector, David learned how to function well in both highly technical and business circles, and has often functioned as an interpreter to help these two communicate more productively. David has a BS and PhD in physics and holds six patents in the fields of laser spectroscopy and optical communications.