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Judy Lytle

04.22.2016 |    5,124 |   reply |
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In my last post, I described seven types of difficult people I’ve encountered since leaving academia. Here, I’ll talk about how I deal with those people. In a previous role, I managed a staff of 15 people. While my staff was generally fantastic, I spent a lot of time addressing personnel issues. Mostly I had to deal with how a particular client base addressed my people, but I had a few “snowflakes” on my staff as well. So I’ve been in a manager’s shoes and I’ve been on the other side, dealing with difficult managers.  Full disclosure – I am ridiculously Type...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

04.20.2016 |    3,594 |   reply |
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Let’s start with the basics or the minimal things we should do when preparing for an interview.  First, it is important to practice and be prepared for as many general interview questions as you can possibly think. Although we might have a general idea of the questions we are going to...


Michael Salgaller

04.18.2016 |    3,500 |   reply |
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Funding is essential to maintain and grow one’s career.  Since few of us are independently wealthy, and since medical research is expensive, most of us pursue funding by asking outside entities for support. But what if I were to ask you to give me some money for work-related expenses? Chances are...


Judy Lytle

04.15.2016 |    3,527 |   reply |
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Seven dwarves, seven deadly sins, seven Wonders of the World, seven consecutive post-doc positions if you stay in academia…  Since seven seems to be a magical number, I stopped my list at seven. But there are so many archetypes to choose from! I’m going to talk about some of the archetypes...


Hamilton Lenox

04.13.2016 |    3,271 |   reply |
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While my background is as a chemist, and my first role in industry was as a bench chemist, for the past 13 years, I’ve been handling business development, sales and marketing for a number of different organizations.   I am often asked what I think the most difficult part of the...


Suzane Ramos da Silva

04.11.2016 |    3,037 |   reply |
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My challenge began around a ago, when my PI invited me to manage the lab, while at the same time, I was developing my post-doc projects.  At first, I said no, but after considerable thought, I decided to accept the new task. Apart from the new routine, it also came with...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

04.08.2016 |    3,589 |   reply |
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One of the most common questions I get from senior students is how to prepare for an interview.  In most cases, they are preparing to go to either a professional school or to a graduate school. Occasionally, some of them are also job hunting and preparing for a job interview. What...


Lamar Blackwell

04.06.2016 |    3,861 |   reply |
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Congratulations!  You applied for and received an interview for a job at a pharma company.   It means that the company has a genuine interest in you.  Getting ready for an interview can be very difficult.  It can especially be difficult for graduate students and postdocs looking get their first job...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

04.04.2016 |    4,601 |   reply |
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This month, I wanted to tackle a subject I get asked about constantly, and that is the subject of resumes.  Normally the question comes in two forms:1) What's the best resume format?2) Is my resume any good? I make the distinction because while they concern the same subject, they are in fact different questions...


Holly Brevig

04.01.2016 |    3,040 |   reply |
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There are a number of fellowships and internships out there for PhDs to explore career options.   There are teaching fellowships (e.g., Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship), science policy fellowships (e.g., Research American Science Policy), regulatory and medical writing (e.g., Cato Research Fellows), science writing (e.g., Richard Casement Internship at the Economist)...


Clement Weinberger

03.30.2016 |    3,068 |   reply |
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A blank computer screen might be one of the scariest things on your bench or desk(top).  You sit in front of one when you have to describe a research project that has become as “my problem”. Maybe the most difficult page is the one where you transform a “good idea at...


Clement Weinberger

03.25.2016 |    3,084 |   reply |
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OK, so you’ve finished your publication manuscript, and all the coauthors agree that it’s ready for submission.  Got a journal? Build a short list of target journals.   Choose carefully. Perhaps the main reason for rejection is not choosing the “right” journal. Take a look at this recent article on journal submission and...


Melanie Smith

03.24.2016 |    2,746 |   reply |
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Losing your job can feel a lot like dealing with a death or other devastating loss (the process can be very similar).  There’s the financial aspect - you had plenty of money to feed your family, pay your mortgage, now you don’t.  The social aspect - you spent 8+ hrs/day with...


Judy Lytle

03.23.2016 |    3,322 |   reply |
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The term “imposter syndrome” was coined by a couple of clinical psychologists in the late 1970s.  This is when high-achieving people have freak-out moments, and think that they’re going to be called out as frauds. I think PhDs coming out of academia often suffer from imposter syndrome.  Think about it. These folks...


Clement Weinberger

03.21.2016 |    2,886 |   reply |
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So, what’s been happening with the manuscript that you uploaded a month or two ago?  You've been logging in to the journal every few days for a while now to follow the status of your article and checking your e-mail carefully. At last, the editor has sent you a decision. What...


Tom Ruginis

03.16.2016 |    3,146 |   reply |
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Three months after leaving the lab and ditching my PhD program, I found a job as a sales rep. I became that person who knocks on your lab door, interrupts your day, and asks you to buy lab supplies.  The first year was great. My income doubled from that of a...


Aarti Turuvekere

03.14.2016 |    2,536 |   reply |
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While completing my masters in public health (MPG) in epidemiology and biostatistics, I was working in clinical research for pharmaceutical companies in HIV and women's health.  I decided to apply for government contracting/consulting jobs in 2008-09. I leveraged my data analysis skills from my MPH program and landed a job as...


Judy Lytle

03.11.2016 |    3,432 |   reply |
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I know what you’re thinking.  Why on earth would I go back to school?! I have a Doctorate! Plenty of us go back – for an MBA, or a graduate certificate, or a Masters in this or that. Almost 10 years after earning my doctorate, I’m back to school, earning a...


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