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Ron Hunter

06.29.2015 |    71 |   reply |
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The Little League in Georgia selected my six-year-old godson to play in the All-Star team, and I was excited to attend the final game.  Not only did the coach ensure each child had a turn to bat, but he also allowed each child to man a different position on the field throughout the course of the game. A few days later, while watching the local news, Ron Gant, former Braves All-Star player, discussed the importance of fielding your position. While hitting the ball and scoring runs are seen as more fun, fielding your position is just as important to winning games,...
Tags: how to be a better employee


Lamar Blackwell

06.24.2015 |    304 |   reply |
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When transition from academia to pharma industry, you will be hired to solve problems.   There is a reason that they are looking to hire someone.  The company has a problem of some type.  Maybe it’s because that they have more work than can be completed by the staff at hand....
Tags: tips on getting into pharma


Sandlin Seguin

06.22.2015 |    253 |   reply |
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Once you decide that you are going to make a career transition, you are going to have to answer the question Why, “why make the transition?” And sometimes that will be worded as a skeptical “Why not stay?”  Having an answer to this question matters because it helps others understand where...


Robert Cory Bernhards

06.17.2015 |    1,307 |   reply |
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The major question almost all graduating PhDs face is whether to pursue a career in academia, industry, or government.  I’ll discuss pros and cons of each along with some common misconceptions. Many graduate students are under the false impression that most PhDs go into academia.  This is because our mentors are...
Tags: alternative careers to academia, how to get to industry as a fresh grad


Ron Hunter

06.08.2015 |    526 |   reply |
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At my desk, I have a sign that reads, “The most dangerous phrase in the language is ‘we’ve always done it this way’ by Rear Admiral Grace Hopper.”  Growing up as a child of a military serviceman can be seen as the ultimate training in becoming comfortable with change. We moved...
Tags: how to grasp change, is change good


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

06.05.2015 |    671 |   reply |
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Whether we are starting on a new job or have been in the same job for years, it is always essential to know what I like to call our professional value.  In other words, professional value is defined by how competitive we are or how much people are willing to do...
Tags: maintaining your professional value


Lamar Blackwell

06.03.2015 |    953 |   reply |
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There is something very attractive about a listening to a person excited about what they are saying.   Many times, the conversation is more interesting and enjoyable because there is an energy that is associated with the person talking.  You want to leave this type of impression with pharma professionals when...
Tags: how to maintain energy during job application, positive outlook


Thomas Patrick Chuna

06.01.2015 |    874 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone!  This time, we're going to take a look at how to use that most basic of tools, the telephone.  Seems like these days, we use them to send text messages, as calendars, as cameras, as music players, as social media portals, and seldom for talking to people, which was their...


Donna Kridelbaugh

05.27.2015 |    815 |   reply |
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Sharing regular content with your professional network is a quick and efficient way to increase your online presence.  Stay fresh in the minds of colleagues and establish yourself as a thought leader in your area of expertise. Content can be shared on social media platforms and discussion boards (e.g., LinkedIn), through...
Tags: how to effectively share content, tips on sharing content


Andrea Habura

05.25.2015 |    921 |   reply |
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One of the best things about a science education is that it teaches you to see the bones beneath the skin.  In some cases, literally (hello there, anatomy people!), but mostly in the sense that we learn to see the hidden processes that drive the physical world. Being a scientist means...
Tags: how things work, seeing things what the naked eye can’t see


Ron Hunter

05.18.2015 |    810 |   reply |
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From my viewpoint, this is completely dependent on what you need at each step in your educational and professional careers.  On beginning undergrad, I had narrowed down my choices between going to the University of Miami (11,380 undergrads in 2015) vs. Mercer University (4,419 undergrads in 2015). Since Mercer was the...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

05.15.2015 |    840 |   reply |
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During my undergraduate studies I took more than 18 credits in the Social Sciences from Theories of Personality, to Sociology and Social Problems.  At the time, I wasn't completely clear as to how taking these courses would influence my future, both at the personal and professional level, but that became evident...
Tags: how to develop social skills, socialization with peers


Thomas Patrick Chuna

05.13.2015 |    1,084 |   reply |
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Hello everyone!  The internet is full of “never fail – guaranteed to work” tips and strategies designed to help you get that dream job. Goodness knows I share plenty of them with you here and in the webinars.  Point is, in job search, these techniques are only part of the equation. In...
Tags: how to network better


Shu Chin Ma

05.11.2015 |    1,070 |   reply |
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How many of you shiver when you hear “networking”? Or do you jump for joy?  If you are in the latter category, then congratulations and you can stop reading. However, if you are from the first category, here are some tips that might be able to help you to overcome the...
Tags: how to follow up on an employer, how to network


Ron Hunter

05.06.2015 |    1,445 |   reply |
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Repeatedly, we have heard the maxims, “ask and you shall receive”, “close mouths don’t get fed”, or “knock and the door will be opened” said in one way or another.  I proffer the general point in the form of another adage - if you do not ask, the answer will always...
Tags: asking people, how to get a yes, the art of asking


Lamar Blackwell

05.04.2015 |    1,814 |   reply |
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One of the most important things we learn during our Ph.D. training is the ability to do a “needs analysis”.   We learn how to get work done when resources are limited, project goals are shifted, and priorities change for things like grant proposals.  Still, other times, we realize that we...
Tags: skill building for life scientists, transferable skills


Andrea Habura

04.22.2015 |    1,513 |   reply |
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It’s a very busy time at my company: one of the kids is about to leave for college.  We’ve been planning this for a while, as you’d expect, but there’s always a last-minute flurry of activity before you get the youngster out the door. And you always worry about the kids...


Michael Salgaller

04.20.2015 |    1,868 |   reply |
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Are you diminishing yourself and your accomplishments by using these two words? Science as a discipline and career path is, by its nature, highly hierarchical. That is, chances are strong the organization you work with is structured vertically. There is a clear pecking order, a clear chain of command.  In academia, there...


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