I recently quit a job (involving web development) working for a company associated with the online Travel industry to join a university as a Web Developer. Right now I had to make the move as it better suits my needs (for the next 2 to 3 yrs). My question is if I want to comeback into the commercial world later(not necessarily the Travel industry) would my experience(assuming that the requirements of the new job = the work at the university) as a Web Developer in the university still count? The reason I might want to come back into the commercial world (as an employee/consultant) is to earn more as we all know that university's pay "lesser" than what we can make in a commercial world. Any input (especially from people who have personally hired employees/consultants) would be appreciated.
My question is if I want to comeback into the commercial world later(not necessarily the Travel industry) would my experience(assuming that the requirements of the new job = the work at the university) as a Web Developer in the university still count?
I think Yes, it will count based on your assumption. And I guess it also depends on the project you will be working on at the university. Is it a real world project or is it purely academic in nature? I know that the projects in the univeristy are research projects but then it is also possible that the solutions being developed is for an external company. Just to give you some information, here in Germany it is very common for university departments and research labs to hire graduates for say one/two years during which they will be working on some research project and I am sure this can be counted as experience to enter into the commercial world. You may also have a look at this post HTH. Regards [ March 21, 2004: Message edited by: shankar vembu ] [ March 21, 2004: Message edited by: shankar vembu ]
It most definately will. I say this both as an employer (having hired some people who worked in academia) and having worked two jobs there myself (including my last one before my current one). Work is work. It's a question of what the job is, not who the employer is. Now research positions might be slightly different than a job per se, but again, it's a matter of actual activity. WRT salary, I always argue that you should rarely, if ever, provide a potential employer with previous salaries. However, even if you do, any rational employer understands that academic pay is lower than commercial. --Mark