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Biology and Healthcare

The healthcare job market for anyone that has a degree in biology, whether we're talking higher degrees or something as simple as a college degree, is quite abundant. This means that as a professional in the field, one might be tempted at first to follow the academic career and pursue a PhD - but the interesting part is that isn't by far the most interesting one.

Thomas Patrick

Job Fairs – Making the most of them

Hello everyone!Bio Careers® is presenting another Virtual Job search Summit very soon, April 3rd and 4th, 2013.I would urge each of you to attend, and take advantage of the resources available to you. Remember, the thing about job fairs is the limited time you have to get your point across, so in order to help you make the most of your time there, here are some strategies for you: BEFORE YOU GO:Research the companies – Know what they do.Research the key people – Who can hire you.


Networking: Where I have been this month

I have been trying to network…meet other scientists working in the pharmaceutical field.  And the Bay Area (aka Biotech Bay) has an overwhelming number of events each week.  I recently attended two career talks sponsored by the Association of Women in Science (, and wanted to share some highlights with you.The first talk was given by Melissa Starovasnik, PhD, Vice President of Protein Sciences at Genentech, Inc.


Like to write?

If you have followed some of my previous postings here on Bio Careers, then you may know that I am a freelance writer. My career path didn’t start there, however, and it took a few unforeseen twists and turns. I suppose I could say that I may not be where I’d planned to go, but I think I am where I need to be. So how did I get here? How can you get here too, but faster?


Going where no one has gone before!

In my last blog, I spoke about selecting my summer teaching assistant and the various trials and tribulations I had.  Now, I am going to share with you the shining jewel of our time together which was one of the key reasons I hired her over everyone else.

Thomas Patrick

My New Year’s Message to You

Hello everyone!The Chinese have a proverb that I really like, and given that it’s the start of 2013, I wanted to encourage you with it: “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago..the next best time is today” I think we all look back at our lives and say, “if only I had gotten started on this (or done this or that) way back when, I would be so much further ahead than I am now.”

Thomas Patrick

Do things that are helpful, not this.

Hello Everyone!I recently received an email that was personally upsetting to me. It was a resume and cover letter that was generated by one of those resumes “build and blast” sites that are all over the internet.It was upsetting to me, because the job seeker wasn’t getting the value he thought he was getting. If you haven’t noticed, I take you job seekers very seriously, and even if you don’t hire me as a coach, I want you to win. First, let me share what the service says about themselves, from their website: 


Three Post-College Job Search Faux Pas You Should Never Commit

If you've recently graduated or are about to graduate with your advanced degree, chances are you're searching for a job. Ongoing media coverage of a tough economy and an even tougher job market can be extremely disheartening, but here's some good news to soak up: according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate has gone down. As of November 2012, unemployment is at 7.7 percent, which is much more encouraging than last year's 8.7 percent.


It’s not what you know, it’s what you do

Last week I was chatting with some junior graduate students in my lab and the topic of careers outside academia came up. They had heard a vague rumor that a world outside the lab exists, but, being a little science-obsessed, they hadn’t really thought of their lives beyond their theses! Considering the shortage of academic positions, as well as a decline in R&D jobs in the pharma industry, I think students should give this some thought as early as possible in order to have time to try new things and develop additional skills that will be needed to secure a job after their PhD.


Learning about the Disease you Study from a Different Angle

For the past 11 years I have studied cancer in one way or another.  I performed my Ph.D. research on the DNA repair mechanism Base Excision Repair.  I then performed research on Homologous Recombination, targeted radiopharmaceuticals and metastatic breast cancer (all were separate projects, not combined).  I understand cancer at the molecular level.  I marvel at how complex it appears and yet am still hopeful that a cure can be found for each different type relatively soon.