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Nathan Vanderford

04.22.2014 |    84 |   reply |
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Imagine if a start-up company in an emerging market called you today and offered you your dream job with all your dream benefits and in your dream geographic location. Would you take the job without reservation? Or would you immediately envision the risks involved in a start-up company in an unproven market? Maybe you would worry that this dream job may turn into a nightmare within 6 months, when the start-up shuts its doors. Would such thoughts cause you to respectfully decline the opportunity? Apply this scenario to your real life situations. What professional and personal opportunities are you dismissing...
Tags: taking a big leap, taking risks

Michael Salgaller

04.22.2014 |    98 |   reply |
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So, how is the New year treating you? Are your resolutions still in place, or have you joined the humbled masses who will swear once again to never make New Year’s resolutions? I know Spiderman (in the 2012 reboot) said that the best kind of promises are those you can’t...
Tags: changing jobs, complacency with work, getting out of comfort zone

Charlotte Mitchell

04.21.2014 |    64 |   reply |
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I am very excited to be writing blog posts for the Bio Careers community and hope that my experiences can help other PhD scientists discover their own career path. In this first introductory blog, I want to tell you all a little bit about myself and also address an issue...
Tags: benefits of recruiter in life science, how to become a recruiter

Shu Chin Ma

04.17.2014 |    213 |   reply |
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First things first: Maybe you’re wondering how I can make that claim? Let me tell you a story about a girl and her inability to swallow her pride. My younger brother and I are exactly 21 months apart, so technically we should be 2 grades apart in our climb of the...
Tags: how to get out of competitive relationship, why pride is bad

Lauren Celano

04.16.2014 |    193 |   reply |
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A mentor is someone who shares both wisdom and knowledge. Most often a person that is more senior in a role or specific area of expertise. A mentor can be extremely valuable for advice, insight, and professional and personal development. The importance of having a good mentor cannot be overstated;...
Tags: how to find mentors, mentors for life science

Kristine Hennessy

04.14.2014 |    744 |   reply |
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When I last wrote, I had been offered a position as a teacher, and jumped at the chance.  It has been the most fulfilling job I have ever had.  I have the chance every day to make a lasting impact on my students. As I began to tell friends and family...
Tags: Satisfaction of teaching, teaching as alternative career

Amber O’Connor

04.11.2014 |    758 |   reply |
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One of the hardest parts of writing a compelling document is cohesiveness or flow.  When people sit down to write a manuscript or grant, they have a pretty good idea in their head about all of the pieces of information they need to provide to the reader so that he...
Tags: how to write cohesively

Andrea Habura

04.10.2014 |    946 |   reply |
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“Val, I could build one of these. A better one.” Val’s colleague expertly placed the next mouse on the horizontal spindle of the Rotarod and pressed a button to start the run. The spindle rotated slowly at first, and then faster, and the mouse log-rolled to keep its balance on top...
Tags: bioinstrumentation business, understanding devices

Smita Mukherjee

04.09.2014 |    2,344 |   reply |
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My husband and I chose to be pregnant during my time as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Pittsburgh Medical School. A lot of women in scientific lab-based research make this choice during their time as a graduate student or postdoc. Pregnancy in itself is a unique and eventful...
Tags: working as a pregnant scientist, working while pregnant

Akua Roach

04.07.2014 |    913 |   reply |
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Looking for a job in this competitive market can at times be frustrating.  It is difficult to discern what a potential employer is looking for in your application packet and, if you are looking for positions outside the bench, it can be nearly impossible to detail how your previous experience...
Tags: essentials of a cover letter, how to write a cover letter

Terrell Brotherton

04.01.2014 |    2,004 |   reply |
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On my first blog for Bio Careers®, I would like to tell you a little bit about myself, my career path up to this point, and what I would like to share with you in future posts.  My career path has been anything but straight, with frequent detours to both...
Tags: what are my career options, what career is for me

Alice Gruber

03.24.2014 |    2,549 |   reply |
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Lauren Celano

03.21.2014 |    1,038 |   reply |
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At the recent “How do you know if you are a CEO” Google Plus webinar on January 7th as part of The Capital Network and Founders Workbench series, a question was raised regarding whether a technical founder is a good candidate for the CEO role. Specifically, the audience member asked...
Tags: how to be a CEO, how to know if you are made to be a CEO

Lu Huang

03.20.2014 |    1,719 |   reply |
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Many people have heard of “regulatory affairs,” but do not know what exactly that means. In my understanding, regulatory affairs is a field where you write, review, edit and submit all kinds of documents required in the process of drug development and clinical trials. The ultimate purpose is to gain...
Tags: how to get into regulatory affairs, regulatory affairs

Scott Jeffers

03.18.2014 |    2,420 |   reply |
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In my last post, I told you to buy the experience you need by hiring experts. In this post, I’m going to tell you, even if you have the experts, you still need to know the basics.  What does this mean? As scientists, we are not trained in business. We don’t...
Tags: how to build entrepreneurial skills, skills of an entrepreneur

Shraddha Desai

03.17.2014 |    1,910 |   reply |
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Hello Bio Careers® Readers! I am grateful for being invited to write blog posts for this community. I have been following the blogs on Bio Careers® for quite some time and now, so getting an opportunity to share my experiences with others on Bio Careers® is quite amazing.  When I started with...
Tags: career transition advice, changing careers in science

Fabian Zanella

03.14.2014 |    1,754 |   reply |
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Hello Bio Careers community! I am excited to have joined the rest of the bloggers in this little endeavor. Just to give a little perspective, I am a cell biologist at heart, and my training has been focused in the biomedical sciences. I am one of those crazy people who believe...
Tags: changing of labs, lab interview

Dora Farkas

03.13.2014 |    1,619 |   reply |
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It is hard to believe how much job searching has changed in the last 20 years. A good education alone does not guarantee you a job anymore. In the mid 90’s, for example, most people got their jobs the traditional way: in-person networking, on-campus interviews and responding to job ads....

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