When I Owned My Own Business

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In the year after I earned my PhD, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out who I am as a professional. I would introduce myself as “Sandlin, I recently earned by Ph.D. in Molecular Virology,” to people at networking events and meet with something between silence and panic. Someone gave me the advice to present myself in a way that allows people to help and connect with me.  For example, I had a much easier time convincing people that I could be a top notch writer than that they wanted to hire the world’s leading expert in native SV40 large T antigen purification.