I have a Bachelor degree in physics from University of Montreal as well as a Master degree in condensed matter also from University of Montreal.
During my Master degree, I also took a Relationship Selling class at HEC Montréal in order to get more skills in sales.
I met my current boss during a scientific conference where he was a panellist. We discussed the different job opportunities offered at Photon etc although I still had more than 6 months left at my master degree. When an Application Scientist job opened a few months later, he contacted me. This is how I got my first job in a company in the field of optics and photonics. My studies in physics are essential to my work. It allows me to understand the research projects of our customers and ask them the right questions to determine if our products can answer their scientific needs.
Probably when I gave my first talk at the MRS meeting at Boston. I had the chance to meet passionate scientists from all over the world and discuss about science for hours.
My condensed matter physics courses and my chemistry class of materials characterization are probably the ones that are most useful to me today. Those classes help me understand the different research projects of our clients. All the conferences I have attended are particularly useful to me because they have enabled me to develop a scientific network that is essential when working in sales.
Studying physics was really hard for me. Sometimes (often), the workload was so important, I did not take the time to understand; I hurried into learning. I paid attention to all courses, but I think I did it the wrong way by focusing on the exams and not the theory.