July 2014

Tim Stöven at the ANALYTICA 2014 trade fair in Munich.



At the final stage of my PhD in the field of chemical analytics, I was yet undecided whether to pursue a scientific career at the university or go into the economic sector. In order to learn more about the world of enterprises, I visited the ANALYTICA trade fair in Munich in the framework of the “Scientific Fair Mentoring Program” at the ISOS.This gave me the opportunity to meet global players as well as medium-size companies while having an experienced mentor at my side.

My mentor, PD Dr. Maiwald, an expert in both worlds from the “Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung” in Berlin, intensively coached me before the event. He said “Searching a job is like searching a flat. At some you stay longer than in others and in some you feel more comfortable than in others, but you always should have a look inside before you compete for it”.

Keeping my mentor’s advice in mind, I approached the companies’ stands and talked to the employees. Mostly, they were very open to sharing their take on company structures and the working atmosphere - information only an insider can have. The fair was a perfect setting for informal networking; I left with new contacts in companies that usually do not advertise their job offerings.

Tim Stöven