Why would an employer pay me the ‘big bucks’?

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When I faced the prospect of transitioning from academia to industry, I was worried about many of the stories I heard on the grapevine. First, I was concerned about trying to find a foothold in a sector where I did not have any experience. Why would an employer pay me the ‘big bucks’ when I didn’t have experience and would not be able to meet expectations? Second, coming out of a graduate school and post-doctorate research experience, my aspirations and expectations were all research-centered.