Warning: Table './biocaree_db2/cache' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: SELECT data, created, headers, expire, serialized FROM cache WHERE cid = 'variables' in /home/biocaree/public_html/includes/database.mysqli.inc on line 134

Warning: Table './biocaree_db2/cache' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache SET data = 'a:3546:{s:24:\"acquia_agent_verify_peer\";i:0;s:21:\"acquia_dynamic_banner\";i:0;s:17:\"acquia_identifier\";s:10:\"WAMZ-17061\";s:10:\"acquia_key\";s:32:\"656b34a0323d4064a49729d149737b8e\";s:29:\"acquia_search_edismax_default\";s:1:\"1\";s:20:\"acquia_spi_boot_last\";i:1459589247;s:20:\"acquia_spi_cron_last\";i:1403686813;s:24:\"acquia_spi_def_timestamp\";s:10:\"1374783288\";s:19:\"acquia_spi_def_vars\";a:31:{s:21:\"acquia_spi_admin_priv\";a:2:{s:8:\"optional\";s:1:\"0\";s:11:\"description\";s:0:\"\";}s:11:\"error_level\";a:2:{s:8:\"optional\";s:1:\"0\";s:11:\"description\";s:0:\"\";}s:11:\"block_cache\";a:2:{s:8:\"optional\";s:1:\"0\" in /home/biocaree/public_html/includes/database.mysqli.inc on line 134

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/biocaree/public_html/includes/database.mysqli.inc:134) in /home/biocaree/public_html/includes/bootstrap.inc on line 736

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/biocaree/public_html/includes/database.mysqli.inc:134) in /home/biocaree/public_html/includes/bootstrap.inc on line 737

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/biocaree/public_html/includes/database.mysqli.inc:134) in /home/biocaree/public_html/includes/bootstrap.inc on line 738

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/biocaree/public_html/includes/database.mysqli.inc:134) in /home/biocaree/public_html/includes/bootstrap.inc on line 739
Bio Careers Blog | Penn Medicine

Bio Careers Blog


Welcome to the Bio Careers Blog. Opinions expressed on this blog are those of the bloggers, and not necessarily those of Bio Careers. Any registered member of our community is free to post comments on the blog. Postings and comments must conform with the  RULES.
Michael Salgaller

11.09.2015 |    4,220 |   reply |
No votes yet

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. Let’s take a quick look at a few you deal with on a regular basis. Do you ever help write anything at work – a report, manuscript, evaluation, etc.? Written communication skills are very important at most jobs, but especially those at higher levels in science or business. Most people know...


Lamar Blackwell

11.06.2015 |    3,386 |   reply |
No votes yet

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 |    3,767 |   reply |
No votes yet

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

10.16.2015 |    4,315 |   reply |
No votes yet

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 |    4,792 |   reply |
No votes yet

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 |    4,588 |   reply |
No votes yet

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 |    4,975 |   reply |
No votes yet

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 |    5,545 |   reply |
No votes yet

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

09.22.2015 |    5,866 |   reply |
No votes yet

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

09.17.2015 |    4,611 |   reply |
No votes yet

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 |    4,780 |   reply |
No votes yet

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 |    4,564 |   reply |
Your rating: None Average: 4 (1 vote)

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 |    4,852 |   reply |
No votes yet

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...


Kate Sleeth

09.04.2015 |    4,173 |   reply |
No votes yet

One of my mentors once told me, that to be a productive scientist, the key was to avoid any participation in committees and organizations.  This individual is a well respected scientist and a leader in their field so I listened although I fundamentally disagree with this idea.  How are you to improve anything if you...


Michael Salgaller

08.26.2015 |    5,164 |   reply |
No votes yet

Being part of a group that enjoys similar interests and shared experiences is not a recent phenomenon.  When we were younger and in school, we’d gather with those who liked playing the same sports or volunteering for the same cause. It was a chance not just to form bonds, but to...
Tags: why networking is important


Thomas Patrick Chuna

08.24.2015 |    5,665 |   reply |
No votes yet

Hello Everyone!  Our topic this time is how to avoid making the hiring authority think you are an unreliable flake.  If you give that impression, all the latest fads in job search won't help you. Job search is difficult enough, without putting roadblocks in your own way. You have to remember that...
Tags: job hunting etiquette


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

08.19.2015 |    5,681 |   reply |
No votes yet

We all know that we have many more job responsibilities than the ones originally stated on the job description.  It is more and more common to see “other responsibilities” listed as a responsibility in many advertised jobs, and these can be anything that your supervisors can think of that might be...
Tags: job responsibilities


Shu Chin Ma

08.17.2015 |    5,354 |   reply |
No votes yet

I will be the first one to admit that I am mighty talented when it comes to finding ways to procrastinate or frivolously waste time on a daily basis. You’d think it was an Olympic sport.  So, past the half way mark of 2015, I am finally getting around to my...


go to:

Register Now!

Free Membership
for our Partner Institutions
Not in List?
We serve 200+ Institutions with limited Free Accounts or $19.95/1 Yr or $39.95/Lifetime Accounts
Not in List?
  • Search over 1500+ listings for MS, PhD and MD holders
  • Discounted Career Tools customized for life science postgraduates
  • Attend Webinars to expose you to varieties of career paths, experts and peers
  • Be able to join the Bio Careers Blog, where you can ask your career questions and find bloggers going through the same job transitions you are


  • The Bio Careers blog covers a lot of career advice, job search and career transitions stories that are shared by HR experts and life science professionals.
    Get automatic blog updates by email by subscribing to our blog.
    Latest comments
    Victoria on What do you do in Strategic Marketing? Or where is the dart board? said: I want to comment using the author's closing remark:Strategic Marketing is an ar...08.19.2013
    lele on Self-Reflection and a Current CV – Thoughts from a Working Vacation said: this a good articles dude ! i get the new ideas about vacation with your site. v...07.29.2013
    Anonymous Anonymous on MSL: Medical..Science…What? said: Every MSL listing I see requires prior MSL experience. How can inexperienced, bu...07.26.2013