Greg Dickens

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Innovation consultant - Innovia Technology


Profile

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Innovation consultant at a glance

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£51-60K. Starts low, gets higher fast. 

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37 per week

 
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5/5

 
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As flexible as needed. Can work from home and work around the school pick up

 
 
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6 trips a year. 4 days each

 
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  • Fundamental science

  • flexibility

  • creativity

 
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computer savvy, interested in everything and people skills

 

 

What were your first career steps and how did that work out?

Internship at Innovia. Worked out *really* well.


So how did you decide to work in innovation consultancy?

I cannot live without improving systems. This didn't seem very welcome in some parts of Vet Med, so I opted out. Today it is much more welcome, I would not have been so quick to jump if I had graduated today.


What did you need to do to get into this career path?

Vet degree was enough, but biomedical summer school closed the deal.

 

No vets had ever done this job in this company before. I related the vet process to other types of engineering/science to convey my utility.


 

Were there any barriers to entry and how did you overcome them?

No vets had ever done this job in this company before. I related the vet process to other types of engineering/science to convey my utility.

 

Greg after his TED style talk VSGD LIVE! Watch a snippet from his talk below

Greg after his TED style talk VSGD LIVE! Watch a snippet from his talk below


 

What are the best bits about your current role and are there any downsides?

Love it all.


Could you give us an overview of a typical day/tasks?

50% thinking of new inventions using new science found in Nature and other journals. 50% talking to people at large companies to find out the sorts of things they need invented and convincing them to pay us to do it.


What sort of person would thrive in this career path?

Anyone who is dissatisfied with non-optimal solutions. Anyone who keeps fixing things around the house. Anyone who wants to improve the world.


What advice would you give to someone becoming an innovation consultant?

Make the job what you want it to be. They've never hired a vet before, they don't know what sort of role you'r going to do. So do what you want and let them decide how to deal with you.

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