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PHOTONICS CEO, IN-DEPTH: Learn a Lot of New Things

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Ram is a Photonics CEO for his own company. Ram describes the qualifications necessary to get a job in this industry, key career decisions he's made and his current work-life balance.

School: University of California Irvine
Degree: MBA - PhD'
Job Title: CEO

Job Summary: Operations Research Analysts

Job Description

Operations research analysts use advanced methods of analysis to help organizations solve problems and make better decisions.

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Many operations research analysts who work with the military are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Average salary
Average salary
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$40,000 - $125,000
Projected job growth
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15 to 25 percent
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Full-time, Long hours
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Office, Home, Travel, Indoor, Military
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Analytical skills, Mathematical skills, People skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented
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m='16410'>make</span> <span m='16690'>sure--</span> <span m='17060'>and</span> <span m='17190'>also</span> <span m='17420'>the</span> <span m='17550'>clinician</span> <span m='18040'>I</span> <span m='18110'>should</span> <span m='18360'>add.</span> <span m='19900'>That's</span> <span m='20220'>the</span> <span m='20300'>most</span> <span m='20550'>challenging</span> <span m='21040'>part.</span> </p><p><span m='22020'>I</span> <span m='22210'>believe</span> <span m='22590'>it's</span> <span m='22840'>the</span> <span m='23610'>most</span> <span m='23890'>enjoyable</span> <span m='24440'>part</span> <span m='24660'>as</span> <span m='24800'>well.</span> <span m='25090'>Because</span> <span m='25360'>you</span> <span m='26390'>come</span> <span m='26610'>to</span> <span m='27020'>learn</span> <span m='27440'>a</span> <span m='27520'>lot</span> <span m='27800'>of</span> <span m='27890'>new</span> <span m='28090'>things</span> <span m='29190'>which</span> <span m='29450'>you</span> <span m='29530'>never</span> <span m='29780'>thought</span> <span m='30050'>about</span> <span m='30310'>before.</span> <span m='31460'>That</span> <span m='31700'>is</span> <span m='31830'>the</span> <span m='31930'>best</span> <span m='32270'>part</span> <span m='32450'>of</span> <span m='32580'>the</span> <span m='33590'>whole</span> <span m='33790'>interaction</span> <span m='34670'>and</span> <span m='35150'>the</span> <span m='36110'>meetings</span> <span m='36680'>that</span> <span m='36860'>I</span> <span m='36970'>had</span> <span m='38140'>engineers,</span> <span m='38730'>clinicians,</span> <span m='39760'>and</span> <span m='40145'>businesspeople.</span> </p><p><span m='41320'>I</span> <span m='41390'>actually</span> <span m='43030'>never</span> <span m='43340'>thought</span> <span m='43700'>even</span> <span m='44090'>remotely</span> <span m='44920'>that</span> <span m='45080'>I</span> <span m='45140'>wanted</span> <span m='45310'>to</span> <span m='45480'>be</span> <span m='46190'>starting</span> <span m='46600'>a</span> <span m='46640'>company.</span> <span m='48750'>I</span> <span m='48920'>went</span> <span m='49080'>to</span> <span m='49160'>the</span> <span m='49660'>California</span> <span m='50170'>Institute</span> <span m='50510'>of</span> <span m='50640'>Technology</span> <span m='51720'>and</span> <span m='52240'>Johns</span> <span m='52520'>Hopkins</span> <span m='52900'>University,</span> <span m='53830'>which</span> <span m='53980'>are</span> <span m='54070'>the</span> <span m='54200'>two</span> <span m='54380'>top-notch</span> <span m='54880'>institutions</span> <span m='55470'>in</span> <span m='55570'>this</span> <span m='55790'>country.</span> <span m='57000'>Which</span> <span m='57370'>allowed,</span> <span m='58080'>especially in</span> <span m='58550'>Caltech,</span> <span m='59590'>where</span> <span m='59790'>it's</span> <span m='60250'>a</span> <span m='60300'>small</span> <span m='60680'>institution,</span> <span m='61300'>where</span> <span m='62430'>every</span> <span m='62580'>other</span> <span m='62740'>lab</span> <span m='63180'>was</span> <span m='63580'>starting</span> <span m='63940'>a</span> <span m='63980'>company,</span> <span m='66320'>not</span> <span m='66620'>only</span> <span m='67450'>creating</span> <span m='67810'>a</span> <span m='67830'>new</span> <span m='68000'>technology,</span> <span m='68750'>but</span> <span m='68890'>taking</span> <span m='69190'>the</span> <span m='69300'>technology</span> <span m='69830'>to</span> <span m='69930'>the</span> <span m='70010'>next</span> <span m='70420'>level</span> <span m='70870'>to</span> <span m='71250'>commercialize</span> <span m='72090'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='73490'>That</span> <span m='73890'>idea,</span> <span m='74350'>that</span> <span m='74700'>pops</span> <span m='75080'>into</span> <span m='75330'>my</span> <span m='75510'>mind</span> <span m='76370'>when</span> <span m='76480'>I</span> <span m='76860'>visited</span> <span m='77140'>Caltech.</span> <span m='77720'>So</span> <span m='77940'>that</span> <span m='78140'>was</span> <span m='78600'>a</span> <span m='78930'>unique</span> <span m='79230'>experience</span> <span m='81250'>where</span> <span m='81990'>it</span> <span m='82510'>created</span> <span m='82870'>an</span> <span m='83070'>environment.</span> </p><p><span m='83860'>That's</span> <span m='84070'>most</span> <span m='84330'>important.</span> <span m='84770'>Create</span> <span m='85030'>an</span> <span m='85140'>environment</span> <span m='85730'>which</span> <span m='85920'>is</span> <span m='86080'>very</span> <span m='86350'>entrepreneurial.</span> <span m='87630'>Allow</span> <span m='88070'>people</span> <span m='88360'>to</span> <span m='88740'>translate</span> <span m='89410'>technologies</span> <span m='90080'>into</span> <span m='90220'>the</span> <span m='90310'>next</span> <span m='90590'>level.</span> </p><p><span m='91500'>If</span> <span m='91770'>you</span> <span m='91940'>are</span> <span m='92280'>rightly</span> <span m='92740'>qualified,</span> <span m='94140'>and</span> <span m='94440'>if</span> <span m='94630'>you</span> <span m='94780'>have</span> <span m='94950'>the</span> <span m='95050'>right</span> <span m='96360'>technical</span> <span m='96930'>know-how,</span> <span m='98320'>that's</span> <span m='98630'>very</span> <span m='98840'>critical.</span> <span m='99590'>Because</span> <span m='99770'>the</span> <span m='99860'>companies</span> <span m='100320'>mostly</span> <span m='100780'>look</span> <span m='101000'>for</span> <span m='102170'>what</span> <span m='102650'>their</span> <span m='102870'>technology</span> <span m='103260'>is</span> <span m='103650'>and</span> <span m='103810'>if</span> <span m='104460'>your</span> <span m='104640'>talent</span> <span m='105260'>matches</span> <span m='105790'>the</span> <span m='106420'>need</span> <span m='106790'>of</span> <span m='106920'>the</span> <span m='107050'>company.</span> <span m='108150'>As</span> <span m='108350'>long</span> <span m='108520'>as</span> <span m='108600'>you</span> <span m='108730'>have</span> <span m='109070'>that,</span> <span m='112870'>it'll</span> <span m='113100'>be</span> <span m='113230'>easy</span> <span m='113550'>to</span> <span m='114000'>find</span> <span m='114320'>a</span> <span m='114370'>job.</span> <span m='115440'>That's</span> <span m='116460'>my</span> <span m='116600'>view.</span> </p><p><span m='116970'>It's</span> <span m='117170'>all</span> <span m='117860'>demand</span> <span m='118280'>and</span> <span m='118420'>supply,</span> <span m='118980'>what</span> <span m='119300'>the</span> <span m='119450'>industry</span> <span m='119920'>needs</span> <span m='120300'>and</span> <span m='120490'>what</span> <span m='120680'>you</span> <span m='120860'>have</span> <span m='121310'>to</span> <span m='121500'>offer</span> <span m='121860'>to</span> <span m='121940'>the</span> <span m='122040'>industry.</span> <span m='122670'>If</span> <span m='123120'>they</span> <span m='123520'>can</span> <span m='123830'>be</span> <span m='124480'>matched,</span> <span m='125130'>then</span> <span m='125580'>it</span> <span m='125720'>is</span> <span m='125820'>very</span> <span m='126140'>easy</span> <span m='126380'>to</span> <span m='126460'>find</span> <span m='126700'>a</span> <span m='126750'>job.</span> <span m='127520'>Most</span> <span m='127860'>of</span> <span m='128020'>the</span> <span m='128139'>times</span> <span m='128580'>in</span> <span m='128710'>my</span> <span m='129000'>personal</span> <span m='129380'>experience,</span> <span m='131260'>it</span> <span m='131510'>was</span> <span m='131780'>very</span> <span m='132010'>difficult</span> <span m='132310'>to</span> <span m='132380'>find</span> <span m='132720'>people</span> <span m='133030'>have</span> <span m='133260'>the</span> <span m='133430'>right</span> <span m='133890'>background</span> <span m='134200'>and</span> <span m='134460'>experience</span> <span m='137850'>to</span> <span m='138080'>employ.</span> <span m='139030'>That</span> <span m='139330'>is</span> <span m='139430'>the</span> <span m='139550'>challenging</span> <span m='140050'>part.</span> <span m='140790'>And</span> <span m='141270'>as</span> <span m='141460'>long</span> <span m='141640'>as</span> <span m='142360'>you</span> <span m='142630'>understand</span> <span m='143180'>these</span> <span m='143400'>two</span> <span m='143580'>needs--</span> <span m='144490'>the</span> <span m='144630'>demand</span> <span m='144950'>and</span> <span m='145080'>supply</span> <span m='145470'>needs--</span> <span m='146460'>you</span> <span m='146580'>should</span> <span m='146760'>be</span> <span m='147060'>able</span> <span m='147230'>to</span> <span m='147320'>find</span> <span m='147610'>a</span> <span m='147670'>job</span> <span m='147980'>in</span> <span m='148110'>our</span> <span m='148280'>industry</span> <span m='149180'>very</span> <span m='149470'>easily.</span> </p><p><span m='150310'>In</span> <span m='150470'>fact,</span> <span m='150820'>I</span> <span m='150860'>had</span> <span m='151070'>a</span> <span m='151500'>baby</span> <span m='152370'>just</span> <span m='152690'>a</span> <span m='152850'>few</span> <span m='153250'>months</span> <span m='153490'>ago.</span> <span m='155690'>And</span> <span m='155940'>it</span> <span m='156060'>is</span> <span m='156270'>a</span> <span m='156370'>challenge</span> <span m='157280'>to</span> <span m='157750'>balance</span> <span m='158310'>both</span> <span m='159780'>the</span> <span m='159920'>family</span> <span m='160290'>life</span> <span m='160690'>and</span> <span m='161140'>the</span> <span m='162860'>professional</span> <span m='163620'>life.</span> <span m='166970'>Because</span> <span m='167370'>being</span> <span m='167690'>in</span> <span m='167790'>a</span> <span m='167870'>startup</span> <span m='168270'>company,</span> <span m='168660'>that</span> <span m='168890'>allows</span> <span m='169130'>you</span> <span m='169240'>the</span> <span m='169350'>flexibility.</span> </p><p><span m='170470'>I</span> <span m='170610'>work</span> <span m='170820'>late.</span> <span m='171050'>I</span> <span m='171220'>work</span> <span m='171450'>in</span> <span m='171510'>the</span> <span m='171590'>night.</span> <span m='172310'>Just</span> <span m='172510'>to</span> <span m='172590'>offset,</span> <span m='173060'>I</span> <span m='173190'>come</span> <span m='174000'>late</span> <span m='174340'>in</span> <span m='174420'>the</span> <span m='174500'>morning.</span> <span m='177190'>Which</span> <span m='177390'>is</span> <span m='177530'>possible</span> <span m='178080'>in</span> <span m='178190'>a</span> <span m='178260'>small</span> <span m='178630'>startup</span> <span m='178960'>company</span> <span m='180170'>where</span> <span m='181170'>things</span> <span m='181450'>are</span> <span m='181540'>done,</span> <span m='181860'>where</span> <span m='182100'>we</span> <span m='182270'>are</span> <span m='182570'>goal-oriented.</span> <span m='183480'>As</span> <span m='183740'>opposed</span> <span m='184100'>to</span> <span m='184180'>working</span> <span m='184530'>in</span> <span m='184650'>a</span> <span m='184970'>structured</span> <span m='185620'>company,</span> <span m='186400'>where</span> <span m='187990'>you</span> <span m='188120'>are</span> <span m='188240'>a</span> <span m='188300'>go</span> <span m='188550'>right</span> <span m='188780'>in</span> <span m='188840'>the</span> <span m='188900'>morning</span> <span m='189210'>at</span> <span m='189310'>8:30.</span> <span m='189890'>And</span> <span m='190020'>then</span> <span m='190210'>come</span> <span m='190440'>back</span> <span m='190720'>at</span> <span m='190940'>5</span> <span m='191040'>o'clock.</span> <span m='191330'>Which will</span> <span m='191620'>be</span> <span m='191740'>very</span> <span m='191960'>challenging.</span> </p><p><span m='193160'>That's</span> <span m='193480'>the</span> <span m='193580'>part</span> <span m='193920'>I</span> <span m='194030'>enjoy.</span> <span m='194450'>And</span> <span m='194570'>I</span> <span m='195040'>think</span> <span m='195240'>that's</span> <span m='195460'>the</span> <span m='195530'>uniqueness</span> <span m='196110'>of</span> <span m='196660'>our</span> <span m='198580'>industry.</span> </p>","file":{"id":599123,"video_id":"","name":"2884-Ram - IN DEPTH.mp4","duration":199320,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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