In my last post, I wrote about the NatureJobs salary survey, and how North American women had slightly higher salaries than men at two years post degree, but lower salaries than men at all subsequent career stages. I discussed a few reasons that could explain this data, such as taking time off...
Fear is funny because it makes people do strange things. It is strange to not pursue one’s ultimate goal in life. It is odd to spend one’s time performing a job that yields no satisfaction. Only a funny thing such as fear could result in such absurdity. The most ironic as...
I'm struck by some of the postings in the blogosphere in which postdocs rail against peers who choose to pursue non-academic careers. The reasoning typically goes something like “if you're not going to pursue research, then you shouldn't get a PhD. You shouldn't take up that slot....
I once heard from a professor that post-docs at the NIH have no opportunities to write grants, and therefore, they don’t have a competitive edge in the academic market. However, as a current post-doc at the NIH, not only have I just written a grant to compete for research funding, I even took ...
“Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.” ~Albert Schweitzer With a great background in biology or biomedical research, you landed a great job in consulting, advising, teaching, writing, or advocating! However, you have to admit, in the evenings and on the weeken...
“The flight will be delayed while several of the seats on the plane are replaced. Believe me, we REALLY want this to happen.” It is highly likely that this is about the last thing you want to hear when you are waiting to board a plane. Of course you also might think this is about the last thi...
Today is my birthday! It's really just another day. I don't feel older than I did yesterday. I don't look older than I did yesterday. Sometimes, though, I wonder how work would feel if I visibly aged - just a little - overnight. For the most part, I consider myself lucky in the aging process....
This week I found a great article on work/life balance that actually aligns very well with my philosophy in this area (The 10 secrets of one Unflappable mother). Most people will tell you that to have balance, you must set clear limits between your work and your personal life, yet I belie...
My first step toward freelancing was moonlighting. Actually, it was the unintended result of interviewing for a staff job as a medical writer but being offered a consultant contract instead of a full-time position. Not knowing if it would work out, I kept my “day job” while I completed my fir...