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Judy Lytle

11.02.2016 |    3,045 |   reply |
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Three and a half years ago, I walked into the office of my government client, and said, “I’m done. I’m giving my two weeks’ notice.” I was pretty fed up, and had stayed in that seven-year job for two years too long. I had no plan. I went home that evening and told my husband I’d quit. He was happy for me because he knew how miserable the job had become, but he was also worried. We needed both of our salaries. I then took on the full-time job of finding a job. And it is a full-time job. I...


Michael Salgaller

08.15.2016 |    4,403 |   reply |
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Recently, Genetic Engineering News published a list of what they believe will be the top 10 biotech jobs most in demand over the next decade. For those looking for moving beyond the bench, starting their science career, or just looking for a change, the list proposes where the likeliest landing...


Debojyoti Dhar

05.02.2016 |    2,630 |   reply |
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Getting a PhD is always a very big achievement, more so if one has received that degree from a prestigious institution.  Many who are interested in pursuing a PhD do so mainly because of love for “science”. There is no better happiness but to see or find something novel during the...


Judy Lytle

01.04.2016 |    3,220 |   reply |
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Once I was conferred my doctorate, you could have clocked my departure from academia with a stopwatch.  That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with academia; it’s just not my cup of joe. In considering the “why” of the career decisions I’ve made, I’ve come to the conclusion that culture...


Andrea Habura

11.10.2014 |    7,524 |   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


Sandlin Seguin

11.29.2013 |    15,549 |   reply |
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My contract is ending, and I need a new job. I was going to write an article about how to gracefully exit a position, particularly for those of us who are exiting into the “unknown” of the job market. Since I know that scheduled departures like mine are fairly common...
Tags: how to quit gracefully, how to quit job


Lauren Celano

09.30.2013 |    9,292 |   reply |
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Just like the ocean waves, hiring is a process with peaks (fall and spring) and troughs (summer and winter). Certainly, some hiring occur during the troughs, but fewer than the peaks.  During the slower periods, I advise people to actively set aside time to self-reflect. Consider what you want, need,...
Tags: Hiring process, when do companies hire


Nathan Vanderford

07.31.2013 |    10,494 |   reply |
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Do you think that the majority of graduate education programs today are providing relevant education and training to their students in relation to the jobs that graduates are actually obtaining?  The National Science Foundation’s report titled Science and Engineering Indicators 2012 indicates that only 14% of PhDs in the life sciences...
Tags: Academia, future of PhDs, Graduate education


Virginie Adam

06.24.2013 |    31,626 |   1 reply |
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If you browse job listings on the websites of pharmaceutical companies, it’ll soon become apparent that there are a slew of titles and abbreviations, which often differ between companies…it can get confusing!  Sometimes, at Company X an ‘Associate’ scientist has more experience than a ‘Senior’ scientist. Who knew that a...
Tags: CRA, jobs, MSL, PhD


Maida Taylor

04.16.2013 |    17,265 |   reply |
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BioSpace describes itself as “the leading online community for industry news and  careers for life science professionals…[providing] quality recruitment and job seeking opportunities for professionals in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.   The site offers “a multi-faceted venue for industry professionals with an online job board, daily biotech news feeds,...
Tags: biospace, employment, job market


Kate Sleeth

04.11.2013 |    20,534 |   2 reply |
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One of the things about being a blogger is that sometimes your friends reveal articles you may have missed and deliberately ask you to comment.  That just happened to me.  On a lovely Saturday, my cell phone told me that friend X had mentioned me in a post.  In fact,...
Tags: job, non-stressful, opportunity, professor


Kate Sleeth

12.24.2012 |    30,590 |   2 reply |
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I had no idea that the European Commission had made a video to attract more women to careers in science before I witnessed the reactions of friends and fellow scientists in different social media. Within a few posts, I realized that either something must have gone wrong as scientists, both...
Tags: career, science women, video, women


Lauren Celano

09.23.2012 |    8,121 |   1 reply |
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The Bio Careers® Virtual Summit scheduled on October 3rd and 4th provides graduate students, postdocs, and alumni an opportunity to learn about companies that are hiring and also gain insight from the presenters about job search tips and career strategy.  The summit provides an opportunity for jobseekers to interact with...
Tags: virtual job summit


Maida Taylor

07.31.2012 |    52,439 |   6 reply |
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How long is it now?  How many months of searching Monster, Biospace,  Bio Careers, LinkedIn and other sites looking for a job?  Six months, nine months, a year?  How many screening interviews, HR  conversations,  talks with CEOs, COOs, CFOs,  VPs?  Two interviews, three, perhaps four, and then waiting for a...
Tags: job search, medical affairs, Pharma, recruiter


Maida Taylor

05.16.2012 |    37,551 |   reply |
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It’s the same old song---contaminated drugs from China.  The news was reported by Laurie Burkitt in the Wall Street Journal  on April 17, 2012.  Chinese authorities halted the sale of 13 drugs, because the gelatin capsules used in manufacturing were found to have high levels of the heavy metal chromium....
Tags: FDA, public health


Maida Taylor

05.14.2012 |    32,250 |   reply |
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In a prior post,  I promised to relate my research findings on getting either a certificate or a degree in regulatory affairs.  Here is what I have learned.  Regulatory affairs (RA) personnel function in pharma and device companies to insure compliance  with all of the regulations and laws within their  business. Typically...
Tags: interview, job market, Pharma, regulatory affairs


Maida Taylor

05.09.2012 |    21,319 |   3 reply |
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Mergers and acquisitions are rampant in the pharmaceutical industry.  As companies consolidate and reorganize,   downsizing is the norm and many talented people lose their jobs.  Some will take early retirements.  Some may  take a break if they get  severance.  But most are thrown onto the job market. In my area,...
Tags: interview, job market, Pharma, regulatory affairs


Kate Sleeth

05.06.2012 |    19,470 |   1 reply |
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As I have previously mentioned, I am an individual member of the National Postdoctoral Association ( http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/ ), and I recently attended my third annual NPA meeting in San Francisco.  This year marked the 10th annual meeting and was wonderful due to the attention to detail and efforts of the...
Tags: Academia, NPA, postdoc


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