Howdy! My name is Yu, I am a PhD candidate in hydrologic modeling. Recently I am considering finding a job in an industry area instead of pursuing a career in research. The reason why I made this choice is that I found myself very interested in applying what I have learned from research to solve realistic industry area problems. But in the process of applying for jobs, I have confronted with several obstacles and questions as below:
1. I know that internship experiences are very important to finding a full time job. So, I am actively looking for intern opportunities. But the problem is that I have sent out lots of my resumes but heard nothing from the companies. I wonder three reasons might explain the situation: 1) my international student identity. 2) most of the companies only need bachelors or masters for the internship. 3) my major for the degree is actually Agricultural Engineering but my actual study area is hydrologic modeling (because of the project I worked on. 4) my own ability (skills, achievements etc) to meet the requirements of the job description. I have tried hard to avoid the last reason by applying only very related (to my study area) positions. But I am still not so sure about the first three reasons. Do you think I am right? And if you agree, what strategies do you think should I make to overcome the difficulties?
2. Based on the difficulties from finding an internship, I doubt that is it really rare for PhD students (specifically for international students) to transfer to industry area in hydrology engineering majors? If so, what should I do to improve the chances of getting hired in this situation?
3. Besides the consultancy, design, construction companies, are there any other institutes or groups that may need combining research part and application part together?
4. If transferring to industry area is not a wise choice for right now, should I continue pursuing a career in research first (e.g. find a postdoc position), and then looking for potential opportunities afterwards?
Thank you so much in advance if you could provide me any suggestions.
Yu Zhang S.M.ASCE
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