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My career has spanned different company stages (small/startup biotech and mid-sized pharma), roles (science and business development), and countries (Japan, the US, and France), all starting with a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University. I’m also the founder and owner of a (profitable!) small business that performs solutions services (medical writing and editing) for non-native English speakers, with global clients in more than 10 countries. Below I share some strategies on how I made decisions at each transition point. Tip #1. For career advice, principles are good, and anecdotes may be good, but collect sufficient data by listening to lots of people. My career progression questions started as an undergrad in the mid-90’s when trying to decide between medical school and graduate school. I knew science would be a part of my future, but also had ...