Industry vs. academic research, what have your experiences in either been like and which do you prefer?

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Industry research has been my preferred avenue of research thus far. I have found it to be more practical and applicable to what I am studying. Additionally, industry research often provides opportunities for collaboration with professionals in the field, which can be beneficial for networking and future career prospects.

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Academia can be very painful if all you care about is research, since you'll be bogged down by endless tasks that have little or nothing to do with your main priority. Really comes down to your tolerance or enjoyment for the duties of a faculty member

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I've had great experiences in both industry and academic research, and I really don't think I could choose one over the other. In industry, I've been able to work on some really cutting-edge projects and learn new techniques really quickly. But in academia, I've been able to have more control over my research agenda and really focus on the questions that I'm most interested in.

I think both have their advantages and it really depends on what you're looking for in a research career. I have chosen the path of academia because something I enjoy a lot is being able to do scientific research, it's always been my passion.

Academic all the way, but to be fair I just love being a professor and being in this environment and that's obviously not what everyone is looking fir

In industry, I have been able to work on real-world problems and see my work applied in the real world. This has been really satisfying and has helped me learn a lot. It's the path I'm in.

I greatly prefer the industry, because you have more tools and usually what you investigate is done in order to use and test it.

If it is about doctoral studies, I prefer to research in the industrial field, that way you will have more resources and your research topic will surely be accepted by the jury you have for the presentation of your thesis since it comes from a company.

In my personal opinion, I like freedom more, therefore I opted for academic research, you choose the form and method of research, you direct everything and basically, you are your own boss.

I worked in the industrial sector for a long time and I really enjoyed it a lot, now I am in academic research and now I feel that I am in the right place, that is, everything has its time and I think that this should be the way, in the industrial sector. to the academic

If you are in a serious university that supports research, you will have a beautiful path with academic research. I recently resigned from a job as an academic researcher because I spent more than 5 months waiting for minimal resources to continue my research.

I enjoy academic because I'm afforded more leeway as to what kind of inquiries to pursue, but there's certainly a case to be made for the potential unlocked by receving industry-level funding for a project. Both very rewarding in the own ways

I love teaching and I love working on research projects. Students are always so eager to help out and most of them really put in their all to learn as much as they can. It's always been a rewarding experience for me and I don't think any industry offer would persuade me to give that up at this point

I switched to industry research just over a year ago after 5+ years in academia. If your interest lies solely in the research and answering your own questions, academia is great. If you are more focused on career progression especially with a lower degree, I have found industry the way to go. In my opinion, the end goal of academia is having your own lab, which to me felt like a lot of begging for money to stay afloat. Most academic labs dissolve after their first 5 years due to an inability to receive second grants. You have to be likable, have a good, relevant question, and be successful in your research. That is asking a lot sometimes.

There’s some really interesting Industry PhD programs starting to be offered by some universities. I’m interested in seeing how these programs grow and develop. Might be the best of both worlds?

If you want to see returns in a short term, going to industry will make you feel that way and it’s more applicable. If you want to think big and you don’t care about profits and returns in short term, academia is your right dish. Academic research will probably not make you feel accomplished because you can’t see the returns on human in a short term and you probably don’t know what influences could happen on human later. But in a long term, it’s possible to become big based on your research.

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