I think that I am pretty good at presenting my work during my PhD, and I am still being invited to conferences for the some papers I did 2 years ago.

Now, I am working in industry. My manager always complains about my presentations and my reports.

I tried my best to follow his guidelines, but still he does not understand my presentations.

What might be the expectations in the industry different than the academia in terms of presenting some work?

I am excellent at presenting work I did in my Ph.D., and still being invited to conferences for the some papers I did 2 years ago.
But, as I am working in industry, my manager claims he does not understand my presentations neither my reports. My presentations are always beside the point in his opinion. I tried my best to follow his guidelines, but still he does not understand my presentations. What would you recommend in such a case?

I am a few months away from completing my PhD (nanotech/chemistry), I’m “just” writing my thesis. But I somehow feel like I have lost my motivation and I am confused about my future. I began the PhD with great enthusiasm, as I was going to do organic synthesis again after a short break.
As the project (together with a company) progressed, I felt the pressure from the company to just deliver something. So, I felt like being pushed to cut some corners in the academic work, just to present something for my boss and the company, eager to get some products launched.
Later the project changed focus in a direction a little far from my skill set and I got a new supervisor in the company. But my frustrations increased during the last year, not only because I had little progress, but also because I never felt my boss appreciated my work. Actually, they didn’t really bother listening to what I have learned and continued doing things their way (why was I hired in the first place?). My supervisor at the university is a really nice person and really skilled in organic chemistry, but he has little experience in my project and is always way too busy to give proper advice.
Sometimes, I just feel like a useful idiot, working many hours (sacrificing time with my kids) without much appreciation in the other end.

Alright, that was the background. Basically, I love developing new stuff and doing research, but I don’t feel at home in the industry. At the university I am at right now, they can’t really use a guy like me with my broad but vague skill set. Another university (actually my alma mater) would really like me to work there, but they lack the funding. Adding to this, I cannot readily identify what I am passionate about – other than working in the lab.

So, I guess I am stuck in a dilemma. I feel like I’m not skilled enough (despite I made my first publication just after getting the BSc) to be interesting for the universities. But going to the industry, the little hope left for an academic position will vanish after short time. Maybe things will work out just fine if I just work with the things I love doing – whatever they are.

Any suggestions? I had a passion for organic chemistry once, particularly medicinal chemistry, but I’m not sure if I’ve been working for too long away from hardcore organic chemistry to be considered at i.e. drug companies.

I’m a 28 year old Ph.D. student in CS (databases), in my first year of study – I have completed a research-based Master’s program and published a couple of papers as well.

I love research, and my current school + supervisor. However, I’m under severe financial pressures, and the stipend isn’t cutting it (I’m unable to take up part-time work, since I’m on a visa). I have standing offers from great companies. The logical step is for me to take up a job at one of these places, since my plan was to work in industry after a Ph.D. anyway.

However, I wish to return to academia (as a professor) at some point, perhaps in my 40s. My choices are:

  1. Continue in my current program (very stressful personally)
  2. Re-apply (after I’m financially settled) to a Ph.D. program, in my mid-late thirties.
  3. Try and publish from industry (collaborate with my current advisor) and apply for a position in academia later on (as a researcher/tenure-track professor).

Questions for you guys:

  • General advice on any other options I don’t know about?
  • Is (2) worthwhile, will I get into a good program (mainly concerned by the age factor)

  • Is (3) even possible? If so, how rare is it that academic positions are offered to non-Ph.D.’s? My field is closely tied to industry, so there will be chances for me to work and publish research, but I’m not sure how pedantic academia is as far as requiring the terminal Ph.D. degree.

Like What is exactly meant by “research experience” in grad application? but situation-specific:

  • Between graduating master’s in 2016 and applying now for PhD admissions for 2018-9, I started teaching maths at a branch of a company that is something like Kumon.

  • During this time, I looked up Google Sheets and SQL programming to learn on my own supplemented by my experience with Excel in master’s and then created paperless spreadsheet templates.

  • I wasn’t guided, instructed, requested or paid to do this, but I did improve processes at work.

Could said looking up count as “research” ? If so, how? If not, why?

From other post:

As a rule of thumb, the more that what you did was something other people could not have done

Additional comments based on aforementioned:

  • Well I think what I did would’ve been pretty simple for a/an CS/Engineering/IT/ICT person but not just any employee in my company could’ve developed the paperless systems I made.

  • Also, the IT department in my company didn’t for reasons I guess I’m not allowed to disclose.

There are a number of questions on this site about lacking (good) references from people who know your work, but none seem to address a situation where you lack references because there never were any people who know your work: Due to the nature of the department and especially the projects my supervisor is responsible for, I work entirely alone. This means that after one year I have no one whom I can say “knows” what I can do. Whom do I turn to for references in the case that I work entirely alone and I’m too new for anyone to be familiar with me?

On a given job application site, for example, I have to provide not just one but three references. In my case, even getting one is uncertain because my relationship with my supervisor has deteriorated. Even so, he is only aware of my work on a superficial level. My previous degree was finished 5 years ago, so I doubt that my supervisor from back then could provide much of a reference, either. The job I held before starting was also for only a very short period, as was the one before that…

Addendum 29/10/2017: I am leaving the PhD program, so I do not have much time to cultivate any possible sources of recommendation letters; I have to make due with the relationships I currently have, which are very few.

I’ve finished my PhD in pure mathematics in late 2013 in the US (2 published papers, 1 preprint), and after almost 4 years of postdoc in the subjects of pure math (1 year-unproductive), medical imaging and computer vision (3 years- 3 papers), I’m joining a research position in industry in France. I’ve done 3 years of postdoc in France (and currently here) and 1 in the US.

I’ll be working alongside a professor of statistics in France who’s a consultant for my company, and the company also encourages publications (after they get patent etc.). Besides, I’m collaborating with two people from academia and industry, and in 2-3 years or so, I hope to have 2-3 more publications.

My goal is to defend my habilitation in statistics/machine learning (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habilitation) in 3-4 years from now, as I’m very interested to have a joint academic-industrial position in the future. To elaborate, I’d like to hold a professor position in academia and also a researcher/research consultant position in industry. I’m happy to indirectly supervise PhD students alongside someone else but not directly. And somewhat shamelessly, I’d like to have a second income from academia on top of industry. I’m not a EU or US citizen, by the way.

My question is: is it possible for me to defend my habilitation in France when I’m not a part of French academia? Normally, I’ve seen only academics do that.

Thanks in advance!