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Isaiah Hankel

10.04.2016 |    4,378 |   reply |
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The idea that getting a PhD is going to hurt your chances of getting a non-academic job is a misconception. In fact, most PhDs go on to get non-academic jobs and most get paid more than non-PhDs in the same position.  The only way a PhD will hold you back from getting a non-academic job is if you use it as an excuse. Don’t use your PhD as an excuse, use it as leverage. PhD-qualified professionals are in high demand. The problem is that very few PhDs know how to leverage their PhD. Most of them just expect for hiring managers...

Lamar Blackwell

09.05.2016 |    3,576 |   reply |
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It has been said that the first 90 days are particularly important in making a good impression on your manager.   The closer your skill set matches the job tasks, the easier this will be.  However, there are other things that you can do to get your new job off to...

Suzane Ramos da Silva

03.09.2016 |    2,835 |   reply |
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I think, by now, everyone is updated about all the troubles Zika might be causing around the globe, especially in Brazil.  Suddenly, all eyes were tuned to Brazil, not just to understand what is going on, how the virus and if the virus is really causing all the damage reported in...

Andrea Habura

02.01.2016 |    2,895 |   reply |
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If you’re trying to make your products better, it’s nice when your customers almost have to fill out a user feedback form. “Publish or perish” is nothing but upside if you want to figure out what scientists are doing in the lab. One of the things we do here at my...

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...

Renda Hawwa

12.11.2015 |    3,286 |   reply |
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With so many options for PhD scientists these days, it is easy to feel like taking certain career paths means you won’t be “using your PhD”.  As anyone who gets their Doctorate comes to realize, there are many ways it will be used throughout life. Before starting graduate school, I had a...

Shu Chin Ma

12.10.2015 |    3,966 |   reply |
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The Office of Generic Drugs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), of course.  In 2014, generic drugs saved the U.S health care system $254 billion dollars, and with the recent outrageous price hiking of an HIV medication (cough, cough, by a greedy you-know-who), it’s even more crucial that patients...

Holly Brevig

11.27.2015 |    2,992 |   reply |
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So what’s it like working outside of lab?   Let’s start with my experience working in lab as a graduate student.  I stood for long periods of time, and moved around a lot, from working under the hood, to the cell culture room, and maybe then to another building to use...

Andrea Habura

08.10.2015 |    4,874 |   reply |
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Nature recently published an opinion piece about the things budding 21st century scientists need in their training (  Of the seven people who contributed to the article, four emphasized the need for scientists to learn non-scientific professional and leadership skills, the sort that are not often seen in a traditional academic-research...
Tags: internships for life science

Renda Hawwa

07.31.2015 |    5,433 |   reply |
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Two words that can evoke either feelings of pure excitement or pure fear: Startup Company.  Startups are common in the biotechnology world, as there are many brilliant scientists and business savvy people with innovative ideas and plans of how to implement them. After finishing my PhD in medicinal chemistry/structural biology, I was...
Tags: is start up a good option, working for startup companies

Lamar Blackwell

06.24.2015 |    5,764 |   reply |
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When transition from academia to pharma industry, you will be hired to solve problems.   There is a reason that they are looking to hire someone.  The company has a problem of some type.  Maybe it’s because that they have more work than can be completed by the staff at hand....
Tags: tips on getting into pharma

Robert Cory Bernhards

06.17.2015 |    7,022 |   reply |
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The major question almost all graduating PhDs face is whether to pursue a career in academia, industry, or government.  I’ll discuss pros and cons of each along with some common misconceptions. Many graduate students are under the false impression that most PhDs go into academia.  This is because our mentors are...
Tags: alternative careers to academia, how to get to industry as a fresh grad

Lamar Blackwell

06.03.2015 |    5,661 |   reply |
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There is something very attractive about a listening to a person excited about what they are saying.   Many times, the conversation is more interesting and enjoyable because there is an energy that is associated with the person talking.  You want to leave this type of impression with pharma professionals when...
Tags: how to maintain energy during job application, positive outlook

Andrea Habura

05.25.2015 |    7,086 |   reply |
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One of the best things about a science education is that it teaches you to see the bones beneath the skin.  In some cases, literally (hello there, anatomy people!), but mostly in the sense that we learn to see the hidden processes that drive the physical world. Being a scientist means...
Tags: how things work, seeing things what the naked eye can’t see

Andrea Habura

04.22.2015 |    6,890 |   reply |
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It’s a very busy time at my company: one of the kids is about to leave for college.  We’ve been planning this for a while, as you’d expect, but there’s always a last-minute flurry of activity before you get the youngster out the door. And you always worry about the kids...

Fabian Zanella

04.15.2015 |    6,117 |   reply |
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I read this very interesting article in Forbes, and saw many take always and good advice.  So I decided to share it, combined with my own experience. Your postdoc period should be the most intense and productive time of your scientific career. I have heard this phrase many times in the past,...
Tags: work life balance, working in stem cell research

Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

03.30.2015 |    6,320 |   reply |
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For every job available out there, no matter the discipline, we can find hundreds of applicants equally qualified who can fill that position.  A colleague of mine, who worked as Dean of Administration at an academic institution, once told me that no matter how good we are at our job, there...
Tags: better work environment, social skills at work

Debojyoti Dhar

03.18.2015 |    5,391 |   reply |
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Every idea has its place under the sun. Two industries, pharmaceuticals and aviation which are known to be ‘high risk – high gain’ business are strikingly employing similar practices in order to maximize productivity and profits. Everyone would agree that both aviation and pharmaceutical businesses require ‘deep pockets’ to start and...
Tags: ideas for startup

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