There are many nonprofit organizations in your community who continuously seek funds to stay afloat.
As a life scientist, you have acquired most of the skills needed to successfully write a grant for a nonprofit. These include, researching, writing, editing and proofreading skills. But, where do you start? In the next few paragraphs, I'll share some tips that will help you get started.
Two weeks after I finished graduate school, my father-in-law introduced me to a friend by saying “I want you to meet my son-in-law. He just became a doctor.”
While I forced a grin and politely accepted the ensuing congratulations, I instead wanted to clarify that I just received a PhD, and that I was not a physician. Immediately, after meeting his friend, I asked my father-in-law not to introduce me as a doctor in the future. This encounter also conjured up a memory of explaining to my grandmother that I was not studying to become a medical doctor.
Once I was conferred my doctorate, you could have clocked my departure from academia with a stopwatch.
That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with academia; it’s just not my cup of joe. In considering the “why” of the career decisions I’ve made, I’ve come to the conclusion that culture and pay were my two biggest decision-making factors. So I’d like to touch on some of my experiences in the government, for-profit, non-profit sectors.
Are you starting to think about your career path? Does the prospect of applying for jobs scare you?
If so, please follow the instructions listed below before you read the rest of this blog post.
1. Stand up.
2. Place your right hand over your heart.
3. Recite the following sentence: “I will find an awesome job!”
Are you unsure of whether to pursue a first or second postdoc? If so, be strategic in choosing your next training opportunity.
The most important factor in choosing a postdoc is finding a PI who will support your career aspirations and training. Unfortunately, many scientists choose a postdoc based solely on the science conducted in a particular lab. In addition to asking about the projects that you will work on, you should also ask about:
I am honored to have the privilege of contributing to the Bio Careers blog. In my first post on Bio Careers, I want to start by introducing myself, and my career path. I received a PhD in genetics from Yale University in 2012, where I studied viral oncogenes and infectious entry of tumor viruses.
I then conducted a brief postdoc at the National Cancer Institute. While I love science, I knew in my second year at Yale that I did not want to pursue a career in academic research. Instead, I wanted to influence science more broadly.
Hello, my name is Lisan. Biocareers has asked me to share my experiences and career path with you. My sincere hope is that you will find the lessons that I and others have learned to be helpful as you journey and make your own career decisions. Thank you Biocareers for this opportunity!
Hi, my name is Mike, and I consider myself first and foremost a scientist. I am currently a Senior Systems Analyst at a non-profit institution. Quite a departure from the bench, eh? I was invited to share my career experiences, which haven’t been terribly typical. I hope that sharing my lessons learned will be useful for someone who is trying to plan their career.
How many of us have heard that getting grants is much harder now than it was in the “good old days?” Well, I have only been researching full time since I began my postgraduate research, which was 11 years ago, and I don’t think I see a change. Maybe I am not old enough to really see the difference, but I honestly think getting funding has always been, and will always be, challenging. However, I think most scientists are open to finding alternative sources, and apply for many more grants than previously.
We all know that you can’t do much without money. As the saying goes, “money makes the world go round.” Many of you will never have worked for, or been associated with, a non-profit organisation so you have probably never considered the amount of work necessary to keep them financially afloat.