Job Title: Director Of Innovation
Type of Company: I work in a small consulting company that solves technical problems and teaches corporations how to innovate systematically.
Education: BA in Biomedical Engineering, Boston University PhD in Health Sciences and Technology, MIT
Previous Experience: I worked as a post-doc fellow for several years before starting my current job.
Job Tasks: I teach large corporations how to innovate in a systematic manner using our unique proprietary methodology developed by our company. Our classes run are offered at several levels of expertise from Intro to Basic to Advanced to Professional. We allow only 20 people in our class because there is a lot of facilitated problem solving and it is difficult to facilitate too many people even though we have two trainers. All training occurs at the client site which means I have to travel a lot. However, we are trying to start teaching in colleges as well as to offer public training. When I am back at the office, I do a lot of project management.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is teaching because that's what I love doing and I am good at it. Unfortunately, teaching is also the worst part of the job because it means that I have to travel and be away from my family. Another thing I don't like to do is budgets, proposals and other administrative work. Another best thing about my work is interacting with people.
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2. Talk to as many people as possible when you are looking for a job - you will discover many interesting things you never knew about.
3. Think strategically - will this job lead to good things in 10-20 years?
Additional Thoughts: The most surprising thing about my job is how much time and effort one should spend to make sure people around are happy and motivated. Personal skills, ability to make decisions with limited amount of information, understand people with different background are the most important qualities for any profession. If I were to change one thing about my career (and it's not too late even now) it would be to take more business and finance classes when I was in school.
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