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Judy Lytle

11.23.2015 |    3,482 |   reply |
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As my pre-doctoral sentence of four-to-six-years-with-time-off-for-80-hour-work-weeks was coming to a joyful conclusion, I started to look for opportunities.  I could finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Nights and weekends of caring for my research subjects, cup-o-noodle dinners in the med student lounge, and endless hours of counting fluorescently labeled cells and sitting at the electrophys rig would soon be a fond memory. I knew I didn’t want to go the academic route, and had little interest in pursuing a career in bench science.  Don’t get me wrong. I had a pretty successful graduate career. I was awarded a...
Tags: AAAS fellowship, tips on getting a fellowship


Judy Lytle

11.20.2015 |    3,839 |   reply |
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What does my cover letter do for me?  Your cover letter can get you in the door, and maybe land you an interview for that dream job. If it’s written well. The cover letter is your opportunity to say to a prospective employer, “Look at how perfect I am for this...


Lamar Blackwell

11.18.2015 |    3,954 |   reply |
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An introduction to the process A common challenge for professionals is the situation where you having a good sense of the field you want to work in, but lacking clarity in what exactly we want to do in this field or how to get there.  It is difficult for a number of...
Tags: reaching your goals


Thomas Patrick Chuna

11.16.2015 |    4,366 |   reply |
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One of the problems of conventional wisdom is that it's not always wise. In fact, it can put unnecessary obstacles in your way. This time of year, the conventional wisdom is:  1) Nobody does any hiring over the holidays…2) …So it's pointless to job hunt…3) Until after the first of the year, when things pick...


Andrea Habura

11.11.2015 |    3,676 |   reply |
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“What is it that confers the noblest delight? What is that which swells a man's breast with pride above that which any other experience can bring to him? Discovery!  To know that you are walking where none others have walked; that you are beholding what human eye has not seen before;...


Michael Salgaller

11.09.2015 |    3,825 |   reply |
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It’s a common misconception that acquiring the skills and talents necessary to move beyond the bench, or any position you find mundane, requires formal training or first leaving said bench.  There are skills many of you are developing in your current role. There are skills many of you could develop further....


Lamar Blackwell

11.06.2015 |    3,050 |   reply |
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Together, we have learned that there are transferable skills that we can take from our academic space to work in pharma.   I hope that we have learned about the importance of our ability to communicate, be resourceful, have energy, analyze work, and manage the work and expectations.  Understanding how to...


Robert Cory Bernhards

10.19.2015 |    3,487 |   reply |
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We all know scientific research is tough and can be extremely frustrating at times…well, most of the time. Due to all of the inherent adversity, it can be difficult to remain passionate about your work. But it’s important to keep your passion alive to be successful, especially if you are...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

10.15.2015 |    4,010 |   reply |
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Finish degree —> find perfect job —> live happily ever after Generally speaking this is how most of us think our professional life will go after we graduate (I know I did). Although this idea could be true, finding the path that can lead us to our dream job or to...


Tom Ruginis

10.05.2015 |    4,365 |   reply |
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Life changing decisions do not happen often. They are difficult and will require you to dig deeper into your brain, gut, and soul to find the best path towards your happiness.  I was 28 years old in 2008 when I decided that a PhD and a life as a scientist, wasn’t...
Tags: academia to entrepreneurship, from bench to entrepreneurship


Charlotte Mitchell

09.28.2015 |    4,247 |   reply |
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People are generally very happy to work with recruiters during their job search, but less happy to take a recruiter call when they are not looking for a job.  While it can be very annoying and awkward to be solicited at work for another job, many times, this is the only...
Tags: how to deal with recruiters, recruiter calling


Lamar Blackwell

09.25.2015 |    4,632 |   reply |
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An important thing that we learned to do in academia is manage how we use our time.   We are able to manage the amount of time that we allocate to any one activity.  It was probably something that we learned to do during graduate school or during our postdoctoral work....
Tags: management of time, time management


Donna Kridelbaugh

09.23.2015 |    5,074 |   reply |
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January is National Mentoring Month, which was founded by the Harvard School of Public Health. The National Mentoring Partnership was conceived to raise awareness about mentoring programs, and to recruit people to serve as role models for youth in their communities. Mentors make a positive impact on youth’s lives, and...
Tags: how to become a mentor, resources for mentoring, why is mentoring important


Thomas Patrick Chuna

09.21.2015 |    5,518 |   reply |
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The word “networking” terrifies a lot of people..jobseekers “know” they need to do it, but the prospect can be very overwhelming, especially if you think you don’t know anyone..if that’s you, here’s how to get started.  You might think my premise is silly, but I assure you, the number one excuse...
Tags: Facebook, job search, LinkedIn, networking


Maida Taylor

09.16.2015 |    4,208 |   reply |
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The pharmaceutical supply and distribution chain is increasing vulnerable to business and criminal abuses. On the micro level, there is a need to police abuse of prescription drugs through prescribing “pill mills.” On a macro level, counterfeit drugs jeopardize our ability to provide treatment to critical ill persons. On Jul...
Tags: counterfeit, crime, drugs, FDA, illegal, job


Virginie Adam

09.14.2015 |    4,374 |   reply |
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Have you ever wondered what you would’ve done if you hadn’t gone into science and gotten a PhD? When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a vet or an interior designer. More recently, I wondered if I’d have made a good urban planner or human resources manager! Over...
Tags: career, personality, skill, strength, test


Tony Fox

09.09.2015 |    4,225 |   reply |
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This is the first in a series of blog entries geared towards all the science folk out there yearning for passion within their work.  Admittedly, many are simply looking for work.  That is entirely beside the point because there is always work to be done.  After years of education or...


Andrea Habura

09.07.2015 |    4,451 |   reply |
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You’ve probably seen it; millions of people have. One of the first videos done by the animation company Animusic, Pipe Dream is a fun computer animation of a mechanical percussion orchestra, with little balls caroming off of drums and xylophone keys and cowbells before tucking themselves neatly back into funnels...


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