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Charlene Milliken

01.22.2016 |    3,376 |   reply |
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I travel a lot for work.   When I interviewed for my current job, I was informed that there would be a lot of travel.  “How much?”  I asked.  “A couple times a month or so.  It depends,” they said.  I love travelling!  Awesome!   But what’s the reality?  If you get to go to a place you haven’t been or an exotic place…awesome!  But most of the time…not awesome!   When I tell people I travel a lot, I almost always get the response, “You’re so lucky!  I wish I could travel for my job!”  You know what?  The first couple of...


Clement Weinberger

01.20.2016 |    3,342 |   reply |
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Well, this time, it’s about “information flow” and more about publications.  Actually, good, readable, interesting, quickly published, frequently cited articles begin long before the writing. They start with “a good idea at the time,” which then becomes “your problem,” i.e., an idea that you take ownership of – as opposed to...


Holly Brevig

01.18.2016 |    3,088 |   reply |
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When I was nearing the end of my graduate degree, I visited the career center on campus.   Yes, the career center, which many PhD students don’t use.  I heard that there was a particular individual at the career center who had experience improving the resumes of PhD students.   I wasn’t sure...


Charlene Milliken

01.15.2016 |    3,506 |   reply |
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I’ve asked myself this question a lot over the past couple of years.   I spent years in graduate school, focused on becoming an expert in a subject matter that I was passionate about…only to leave it behind as soon as my Ph.D. was in hand.  Did I just waste 8-1/2...


Judy Lytle

01.13.2016 |    3,152 |   reply |
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I’ve been really fortunate my entire professional career.  I’ve had mentors at every stage. The interesting thing is, my mentors weren’t actively sought. Each time, the relationship was organic, and only in retrospect have I realized that these people served the role of mentor, and that their impacts on my career...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

01.11.2016 |    3,730 |   reply |
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I recently gave a talk to a group of undergraduate students about how to identify their goals and the importance of passion during that process.  Although most of them agreed with me on the importance of being passionate, the reality is that most people have a hard time identifying what they...


Melanie Smith

01.06.2016 |    3,149 |   reply |
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Back in the 80’s and early 90’s, many hiring managers, recruiters/Human Resources staff, CEO’s and other management folks relied on their “gut feeling” when it came to interviewing prospective new hires.  Some people even decided in the first 5 minutes of the interview, based on their gut feeling, if they would...


Judy Lytle

01.04.2016 |    3,207 |   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...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

01.01.2016 |    3,208 |   reply |
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The dreamer believes the road will someday get easier. The doubter wonders what disasters are waiting down the road. The doer never takes their foot off the gas pedal.  Hello Everyone!  This is that magical time of year when everyone focuses on the idea of new things, and fresh starts.  The holidays are done, and...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

12.30.2015 |    3,505 |   reply |
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Finding that first job after we finish our academic training is not as easy as it sounds.  These days, we all know that the amount of individuals qualified for a job is very high while the amount of available jobs is very low. To make things worse, when we do find...


Andrea Habura

12.28.2015 |    3,310 |   reply |
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When I meet people at cocktail parties, I tell them I build robots for a living. Which is the truth, but not the whole truth.  As you know, if you’ve been reading my blog posts, I'm a microbiologist who moved into the scientific instrument industry after about 20 years in academic...


Lamar Blackwell

12.25.2015 |    3,556 |   reply |
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In the introduction to this series, I mentioned that we need to understand the reality of the process of achieving our career goals.   We also need to assess our strengths and weaknesses.  We need to think about why we are chasing this goal and why it is important to us....


Sandlin Seguin

12.23.2015 |    3,757 |   reply |
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A fun buzzword I am seeing in job descriptions is agile. You will be part of an Agile team..., or ...using Agile methodology.  It’s very common in the software industry, but certainly getting some usage in other industries that have projects where the goals or scope may change during the development...


Tom Ruginis

12.21.2015 |    3,547 |   reply |
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As a CEO at HappiLabs, I have to manage the growth of the company, which includes hiring.  We are only a 5-person company, but we’re growing and, currently, I receive about one resume or inquiry per day. Each resume is guaranteed about 5 seconds of my time, as I do a...


Charlene Milliken

12.18.2015 |    4,962 |   reply |
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Since it’s on my mind now, I’d like to talk about the job interview.   It’s taken me a long time to come to a few realizations about job interviews.  I’ve been on a lot of interviews over the decades, but I know there are still a lot of things I...


Sandlin Seguin

12.16.2015 |    4,315 |   reply |
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When I was working with a career coach to find my current job, I was in a networking rut.  I had already been through the basics of networking: learning about the major employers, the major professional groups and the general needs of the industry in my location. I did this by...


Holly Brevig

12.14.2015 |    3,334 |   reply |
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In one of my blogs, I briefly wrote about career options and provided a table with various career types and organizations to find these careers.   I wanted to focus on what I thought were unique opportunities that I did not know about when I was in graduate school.  Just as...


Renda Hawwa

12.11.2015 |    3,273 |   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...


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