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Michael Salgaller

01.28.2015 |    49 |   reply |
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Last fall, I was invited by Bio Careers to present a webinar on pursuing alternative careers.  It dealt most specifically with transitioning from a bench career to one involving finance or business. Interestingly, what strongly resonated with attendees were the slides on how one’s skills could be applied to positions which, at first (and erroneous) glance, seemed a distinct departure from scientific responsibilities and demands.  Many scientists stay affixed in place, hypnotized by the Siren’s Song of Employment, under the misguided belief that their talents are too narrow to go outside their degree-based comfort zone. In this blog post, I’m going to...
Tags: other careers for scientists, transferable skills of scientists

Fabian Zanella

01.26.2015 |    149 |   reply |
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When you are working at the bench and taking on other tasks, time management becomes crucial.  As a postdoc or graduate student, time is an invaluable resource. For me, there are basically three aspects that make time spent in the lab more efficient. I will try to outline them below. 1) Avoid...
Tags: how to manage time better

Clement Weinberger

01.23.2015 |    126 |   reply |
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This doesn’t sound much like the title of a career path blog, does it?  You most likely know it as the title of a song by Paul Simon, but while it may resonate with a lot of people, what specific relevance could it have to science PhDs and postdocs?  Well, it does...
Tags: alternative careers for scientists, changing careers for scientists

Naresh Sunkara

01.19.2015 |    266 |   reply |
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As a continuation to my previous blog on transition from scientist to entrepreneur, I will be going over an important question that every scientist should start thinking about from day one of his or her grad school/postdoc tenure: “Can I productize my research?” or “To which existing product can my...
Tags: productizing my research, tech transfer tips

Randy Ribaudo

01.13.2015 |    359 |   reply |
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Job security is a common concern among academic scientists who are considering transitioning to professional careers outside academia. Presumably, these concerns are based on the horror stories of employees being “pink slipped” for no apparent reason, and the lack of any kind of an “all-protective” tenure system found in academia....
Tags: job security

Dave Galgoczy

12.15.2014 |    879 |   reply |
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“You’re a consultant! Be clear! Make a plan and stick to it! Don’t drone on and on! Back everything up with numbers!”  When I started consulting as a domain expert in energy and biotech, this was, more or less, the feedback I received from a friend of mine who was a...

Andrea Habura

12.12.2014 |    819 |   reply |
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Several years ago, I was doing field research in a remote and extremely cold site, and I had to take a multi-day survival training course before they would let me out on the ice unsupervised.  On our first day of “Happy Camper School,” my classmates and I were given a list:  “Bring:...

Thomas Magaldi

12.10.2014 |    2,717 |   reply |
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Two weeks after I finished graduate school, my father-in-law introduced me to a friend by saying “I want you to meet my son-in-law. He just became a doctor.”  While I forced a grin and politely accepted the ensuing congratulations, I instead wanted to clarify that I just received a PhD, and...
Tags: is my phd worth it

Sandlin Seguin

12.08.2014 |    1,042 |   reply |
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It’s that time again, my contract is ending and I am back on the job market.  I’m fairly optimistic this time, despite the fact that this is my third job hunt in as many years. I’ve developed a lot professionally, and built a stronger network. I am also able to learn...
Tags: are career coaches helpful, using career coaches

Shu Chin Ma

12.01.2014 |    2,684 |   reply |
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Okay, I will admit it, I am writing this with a tight jaw and clenched teeth, and possibly a weird tick with one of my eyelids.  As the title stated, I will explain how you can make sure that people will avoid you like the plague, and pretend they are deaf,...

Charlotte Mitchell

11.26.2014 |    2,123 |   reply |
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Absolutely, you can! But make sure you get all the facts so you can decide if it is acceptable to you before you accept an offer!  When I accepted a job as a scientific recruiter, I had no idea that I would have to sign a non-compete form. This was not...
Tags: problem with non-compete form, what is a non-compete form

Fabian Zanella

11.22.2014 |    1,182 |   reply |
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Let’s face it, it’s hard to do both at the same time, and do them well. I don’t think that scientific writing is my strongest skill, but I understand and respect the importance of it in science. I’m struggling with bench work, although interesting results are coming together. Then here comes...

Naresh Sunkara

11.19.2014 |    2,260 |   reply |
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My street credentials: I’ve been a graduate student, a PhD in Organic chemistry from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, a postdoc from the University of California, Berkeley, and transitioned into a fulltime entrepreneur for over a year now.  I have also founded the Berkeley Postdoc Entrepreneurship Program, to help PhD’s...
Tags: takeaways from being a scientist

Clement Weinberger

11.14.2014 |    2,639 |   reply |
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Before you start to read this blog post, please take the time to note that it ends with a question mark.  That’s not to imply that “life” ends after grad school. It’s meant to imply that there are lots of things that a PhD can do.  After spending at least 25 years...
Tags: career path after grad school, job opportunities for grad students

Christiana Davis

11.12.2014 |    2,633 |   reply |
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There are many nonprofit organizations in your community who continuously seek funds to stay afloat.  As a life scientist, you have acquired most of the skills needed to successfully write a grant for a nonprofit. These include, researching, writing, editing and proofreading skills. But, where do you start? In the next...

Andrea Habura

11.10.2014 |    2,364 |   reply |
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“Cursed is the man who has found some other man's work and cannot lose it.” – Mark Twain What is your work, anyway? Not your research project, but your work. The sort of job you’re really suited for. If you got a traditional biologist’s education, you may not be sure. Academia is...
Tags: bioinstrumentation, what job suits me best

Clement Weinberger

10.31.2014 |    2,413 |   reply |
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My name is Clement Weinberger, and I am a freelance medical writer. I retired as Director of Medical Communications in the Medical Affairs Department of a biopharma company about 6 years ago, and started a freelance business.   Of course, my professional life didn't start there. In this, and in forthcoming...
Tags: what to do with my career, when career plans don’t go my way

Kia Walcott

10.29.2014 |    1,579 |   reply |
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Before I begin, let me say that there are several types of medical/science writing roles, and the projects one works on within each role, can vary. I work for a healthcare communications agency on the commercial side of an oncology product. Projects I work on can be physician-or patient-facing, for sales...
Tags: day in the life of a medical writer, medical writing as a career, what is it like to be a medical writer

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