Before my friends and I started, the professional network for scientists, I was a scientist myself. One of the best things about this was that by the time I started hiring, I already knew the benefits of hiring scientists. Scientists are passionate, excel at time management, are comfortable failing, can think critically, and are great at testing and iterating.
Our head of people, head of product, most of our product managers and a number of engineers were all scientists before joining ResearchGate. I didn’t hire these people because they were scientists with limited business experience, but I didn’t dismiss them either.
The thing is, the academic job market has been shrinking for years, which now offers other industries an opportunity to tap into a talent pool of amazing, creative and dedicated minds.
It would be a mistake to dismiss this opportunity.