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Kia Walcott

08.29.2014 |    37 |   reply |
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If you’re having trouble finding a job or just looking to get some more experience, don’t be afraid to take a short-term position.  While I was looking for a job in science writing, I also started looking for something temporary that I could do to beef up my resume (and bring in some money). I eventually came across a job post on, a great job-hunting resource that is very user-friendly. If you haven’t heard about, now consider yourself informed!  The job post was for a position teaching basic scientific concepts to elementary school kids, 2 to 3 times/week. I’ve always...
Tags: importance of teaching, is teaching for me, why should I teach

Dave Galgoczy

08.27.2014 |    69 |   reply |
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Hello Bio Careers community! To introduce myself, my name is Dave Galgoczy. I work in a few roles, such as an independent technology consultant with startup industrial biotech companies, and as an expert consultant for financial firms. Consulting fits my skills, interests, and need for variety, and allows me to lend...
Tags: how to become a consultant, how to start in consulting

Christiana Davis

08.25.2014 |    135 |   reply |
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To become a competent and successful medical writer, there are skills you must acquire.  If you are a life scientist, you likely have some of these under your belt. This includes an in-depth knowledge of science and research. This background is vital in industry, where you are expected to combine your...
Tags: how to be a medical writer, how to write in industry

Sandlin Seguin

08.22.2014 |    182 |   reply |
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“This abstract is awful. Just start over.” “You give bad lectures. You didn’t make sense.” “This manuscript is a mess. It needs organization.” Taking criticism is hard. Giving criticism is hard. Giving criticism in ways that can be taken by the listener, is an art form. I don’t claim to be an expert,...
Tags: how to do constructive criticism, how to give criticism

Christiana Davis

08.20.2014 |    297 |   reply |
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You may have had a successful PhD, with publications in high-impact journals, a great mentor, and peers you got along with. You interviewed for the ideal postdoc position. Your presentation went well. All the people you interacted with during the interview welcomed you. Your personality seemed to be compatible with...
Tags: how to deal with office politics, office politics in postdoc

Kia Walcott

08.18.2014 |    395 |   reply |
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I recently completed my mid-year review at work. I wanted to share one of the comments that I received because when I heard it, it struck me as a bit odd. I was told that I always look very “put together.”  This was definitely a complement, and I interpreted it as...
Tags: dressing appropriately, power dressing

Andrea Habura

08.15.2014 |    474 |   reply |
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There are two kinds of people in the world: people who think the world can be divided into two kinds of people, and those who don't. However, I rather like the metaphor of "foxes" versus "hedgehogs." It was coined by the ancient Greek playwright Archilochus, but it's famous thanks to...
Tags: hobbies for scientists, programming for scientists, side gigs for PhDs

Thomas Magaldi

08.13.2014 |    2,575 |   reply |
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Are you unsure of whether to pursue a first or second postdoc? If so, be strategic in choosing your next training opportunity.  The most important factor in choosing a postdoc is finding a PI who will support your career aspirations and training. Unfortunately, many scientists choose a postdoc based solely on...
Tags: advice for postdoctoral studies, should I proceed to postdoc

Christiana Davis

08.11.2014 |    463 |   reply |
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As life scientists, you likely know some bad advisors. What options are there if your advisor is just not helping you reach your goals?  This post will discuss a few ways that your advisor may be damaging your career, and will offer suggestions that might help you or someone you know....
Tags: change of mentor, problem with mentor

Charlotte Mitchell

08.08.2014 |    2,119 |   reply |
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When I worked as a recruiter, I noticed something quite interesting. I had a lot of candidates who were in academia trying to break into industry and, as many of you may know, making that transition can be very difficult. The interesting part was that I had a handful of...
Tags: getting in industry, industry job for PhD, tips for getting industry job

Shu Chin Ma

08.06.2014 |    806 |   reply |
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Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this blog are those of myself exclusively, and does not reflect or represent the current views and thinking of the FDA.  I have heard of a few versions of the acronym for the FDA, including the Federal Drugs Administration and Federal Drugs Association, and some random...
Tags: perks of working for the government, working for the FDA

Kia Walcott

08.04.2014 |    864 |   reply |
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You’ve decided to become a medical writer. You’ve set up your LinkedIn profile, sent out countless resumes, and networked yourself to death. You finally land the interview and realize, wait for it - they actually want you to write something before they hire you!  When I was applying for science writing...
Tags: changing careers to medical writing, Science writing, tips of science writing

Christiana Davis

08.01.2014 |    1,314 |   reply |
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To fulfill an assignment for school, high school students often enroll in internship programs. Undergrads seeking future career paths complete an internship or two. Graduate students enlist as interns to acquire skills and build their resume. In my case, an internship also ignited the curious and investigative spirit I had...
Tags: choosing a mentor and scientific environment, successful internship

Nathan Vanderford

07.29.2014 |    1,297 |   reply |
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Leaders are constantly navigating decisions and actions that are critical to the well-being of a project, situation, and/or organization. The importance of these decisions and actions becomes even greater when significant change is occurring, or must occur. In addition, the way in which leaders navigate change can mean the difference...
Tags: characteristics of a good leader, how to become an effective leader

Smita Mukherjee

07.28.2014 |    1,158 |   reply |
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As a graduate student or a postdoctoral research associate, we are so focused on getting the experiment done, or writing a publication-worthy research article, that we often forget that there is always a possibility that our experiments can be used as preliminary data to set-up a company.  Yes, the research that...
Tags: patent transfer in university, tech transfer

Reshma Parmar

07.28.2014 |    648 |   reply |
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This article assumes that you have read my prior blog entries, and know the basic EB1 Green Card requirements and terms. On August 18, 2010, the USCIS issued a Policy Memo that permits the application of a very stringent standard to EB1 cases (EB1A Extraordinary Alien and EB1B Outstanding Researcher cases)....
Tags: EB1 cases, foreign scientist with EB1

Suzane Ramos da Silva

07.23.2014 |    3,952 |   reply |
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The decision to go to another country to work in science is based on funding, the job and all the future opportunities that will be open if everything goes well. But the hardest part is that, most of the time, you have to leave everything behind, including family and friends....
Tags: being homesick, filling the gap of homesickness

Donna Kridelbaugh

07.21.2014 |    2,254 |   reply |
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Mentors make a positive impact on youth’s lives, and research shows that “mentoring works.” A mentor can improve a student’s school attendance record, chance of going to college and attitude towards learning.  Mentors are needed at every step, from grade school to college and beyond, to connect individuals with the resources...
Tags: how to become a mentor, mentor volunteer, mentoring

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