Search Action Plan


Managing a Planned Departure

My contract is ending, and I need a new job. I was going to write an article about how to gracefully exit a position, particularly for those of us who are exiting into the “unknown” of the job market. Since I know that scheduled departures like mine are fairly common in both academic and industry roles, I wanted to record my thoughts on the process.


Where do you fit?

“Cursed is the man who has found some other man's work and cannot lose it.” – Mark TwainWhat is your work, anyway? Not your research project, but your work. The sort of job you’re really suited for.


Working with a Career Coach

It’s that time again, my contract is ending and I am back on the job market. I’m fairly optimistic this time, despite the fact that this is my third job hunt in as many years. I’ve developed a lot professionally, and built a stronger network. I am also able to learn from my past mistakes, and one of the things I have done to help myself this time is employ a career coach.


New year, new goals?

At the start of a new year, many of us like to set new goals. Most of them are geared towards exercising more, eating healthier, or other things in our personal life, but how about setting a goal to improve yourself professionally this year? Whether your goals are personal or professional, they can really help give a sense of direction. Don't make them lightly. - it is important to really sit down and think through what you really want to achieve and what the steps are to get there.


Thanks to My Coach - I got a new job!

Last week, I accepted a new job that I am very excited about. Of course, anytime you can wrap up a job hunt is deeply gratifying, but this time in particular, I am thrilled with the outcome. I am taking a role as an eLearning Specialist at Tableau Software.  That’s a job title I’ve never heard of as a grad student, with a company I’ve never imagined would hire someone like me.


Try to get your weekends back: A tale of stem cells and their intensity

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.


When transitioning from academia to pharma, academic scientists need their C.R.E.A.M! - Energy

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 speaking with them.  In this article, I will explain how bringing your energy and passion, can help the transition to work in the pharma industry.

Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo


What is your professional value?

Whether we are starting on a new job or have been in the same job for years, it is always essential to know what I like to call our professional value. In other words, professional value is defined by how competitive we are or how much people are willing to do (or pay) to make us part of their company, academic institution, or research group.


Field Your Position

The Little League in Georgia selected my six-year-old godson to play in the All-Star team, and I was excited to attend the final game. Not only did the coach ensure each child had a turn to bat, but he also allowed each child to man a different position on the field throughout the course of the game. A few days later, while watching the local news, Ron Gant, former Braves All-Star player, discussed the importance of fielding your position. While hitting the ball and scoring runs are seen as more fun, fielding your position is just as important to winning games, too.

Thomas Patrick

How to not waste valuable job search time

Hello Everyone! This time we're going to take a look at three foundational principles that will keep you organized and focused on your job search. Anyone who has read my blogs for a long time knows that I am a firm believer in not spinning your wheels. Spinning your wheels causes anxiety, frustration, and hopelessness, and you as a job seeker cannot afford such things.