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Sandlin Seguin

12.16.2015 |    5,130 |   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 going to a lot of random events and making small talk with people I just met, most of them I never heard from again.  This is also where I practiced the art of making small talk with strangers, shaking hands, collecting business cards while holding a drink, and all the other...

Holly Brevig

12.14.2015 |    3,860 |   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 |    3,731 |   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...

Shu Chin Ma

12.10.2015 |    4,594 |   reply |
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The Office of Generic Drugs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), of course.  In 2014, generic drugs saved the U.S health care system $254 billion dollars, and with the recent outrageous price hiking of an HIV medication (cough, cough, by a greedy you-know-who), it’s even more crucial that patients...

Charlene Milliken

12.09.2015 |    3,765 |   reply |
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Does this sound familiar?: After several years, the end is finally in sight. The Ph.D. is practically in your hand!   But you want to quit.  Why?  Because you’re sick of academia.  You don’t want a career in teaching, you’re burnt out doing research, or you feel like you’re making absolutely...

Melanie Smith

12.08.2015 |    4,505 |   reply |
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I was at my first biotechnology job fair, managing the company booth, and was the only representative from the company able to attend that day.  After setting up the table with all the marketing materials, company literature, job postings, excited to entice people to the booth, I began talking with the...

Judy Lytle

12.07.2015 |    3,718 |   reply |
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Networking. It’s an anxiety-filled word to some.  But networking doesn’t have to mean showing up to numerous events where you don’t know a single soul, shelling out business cards to anyone who will take them. Of course that sounds awful. Keep in mind that you already have a network. It may be...

Thomas Patrick Chuna

12.04.2015 |    4,919 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone!  There is an old saying, that goes “He who hesitates is lost”.  This is very true in life. If you spend too much time dithering, and calculating what might or might not happen, if you do or don't do something, chances are,the opportunity will be gone before you get off...

Judy Lytle

12.02.2015 |    3,997 |   reply |
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You’re sitting in your third and final interview, and your prospective employer says, “We would like to work up an offer. What is your salary requirement?”  A little bead of perspiration streams down your back. What am I worth? If I ask for too much will they withdraw the offer? If...

Tom Ruginis

11.30.2015 |    4,266 |   reply |
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A continuing blog series of life as an entrepreneur after leaving academia. 5 years ago I dropped out of a PhD program in Pharmacology. It was a difficult decision but a smart one. Once the decision was made, outgoing messages began:  “Hey, just thought I’d let you know, I’m dropping out of...

Holly Brevig

11.27.2015 |    3,445 |   reply |
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So what’s it like working outside of lab?   Let’s start with my experience working in lab as a graduate student.  I stood for long periods of time, and moved around a lot, from working under the hood, to the cell culture room, and maybe then to another building to use...

Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

11.25.2015 |    4,387 |   reply |
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If someone ask me what would be the best piece of advice I can give to a recent graduate who is about to start his/her first job, I would have to say: “make sure your social skills are impeccable”.  I have blogged about this topic in the past but this time...

Melanie Smith

11.24.2015 |    3,583 |   reply |
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For those of us who’ve been in the biotech recruiting game since the early days of the first biotech boom, the world of hiring sure has changed.  Gone are the days of writing newspaper ads, and the mad rush to get your in-column ad to the local newspaper by the deadline....

Judy Lytle

11.23.2015 |    3,838 |   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...
Tags: AAAS fellowship, tips on getting a fellowship

Judy Lytle

11.20.2015 |    4,114 |   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 |    4,394 |   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...
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Thomas Patrick Chuna

11.16.2015 |    4,648 |   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 |    4,042 |   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;...

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