crossposted to https://academia.stackexchange.com/questions/23644/transition-from-academia-to-industry

I am currently doing a post-doc in pure Math [teaching and research] in the US. The academic year 2014-2015 will be my last postdoc year and I am currently considering my next employment possibilities.

For several reasons, I am considering a job outside academia in Europe [I am an E.U. citizen], for my next employment. As I know about nothing else except for my research in Pure Math and teaching of Math, I could use as much advice as possible regarding this potential transition from academia to a non-academia job. I have read through the many related questions and answers. But I still could not find answers to the following questions.

(1) How early in advance do you have to apply for a job outside academia? Let me provide a bit more details: I really need employment as soon as my current one ends, b/c I need the money to support my living expenses. So I cannot really afford to spend more than one or two months without employment. I am asking this, b/c for academia jobs one typically applies one year ahead of time, things are standard and clear. But not so clear to me are applications outside academia.

(2) Given that I know nothing about programming right now, what would my chances of getting a programming job be? In other words, would I get some sort of PAID training in programming?

(3) Any sort of comments/advice regarding working for a publishing house? [such as: salary?]

Thank you.


closed as off-topic by Will Jagy, Michael Renardy, Lucia, Steven Sam, Dima Pasechnik Jun 19 '14 at 12:29

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    $\begingroup$ I think this is probably more appropriate at academia.stackexchange. $\endgroup$ – Noah Schweber Jun 18 '14 at 22:25
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    $\begingroup$ Posting the same question on more than one forum usually ticks off readers of both forums, which is unfortunately your intended audience. Best is to indicate this with a link to the other question on both copies. For the copy here, something like "crossposted to academia.se" at the top with a link is suggested. $\endgroup$ – The Masked Avenger Jun 18 '14 at 23:06
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks to The Masked Avenger. I have implemented your advice. $\endgroup$ – user1451857 Jun 18 '14 at 23:40
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    $\begingroup$ I'm not even sure it will fit the academia subforum (that would be perfectly fine if one tried to move from industry to academia asking what rules apply here). The common sense advice is that while, in principle, it can be "too early" to start looking for the possibilities, you cannot lose too much erring on this side (if they cannot wait for you now, they'll just not have that position by the time you are ready anyway), but the opposite error may be fatal. So, I would start probing the ground right away. Even if you don't secure a position, you may establish some useful connections. $\endgroup$ – fedja Jun 19 '14 at 0:50
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    $\begingroup$ You say you don't know anything outside of Math, but do you know anyone? The ideal situation is that you have one (or several) contacts in industry, and they can tell you how thing work (and maybe even pull a few strings for you!). $\endgroup$ – Mark Grant Jun 19 '14 at 7:27

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