Career Paths

Judy.lytle

Judy
Lytle

A Career in Business Development

“Business Development” can mean different things, depending on the position you find yourself in, the company or agency that hires you, the size and mission of the organization, and any number of other factors. As the Director of Business Development for a small non-profit research institute, I ...


Connie Hampton

Connie
Hampton

Job Search Tips from a Senior Recruiter

A few months out of my first assistant attending position, I feel freer to pontificate on the travails of how to search for your first real job. While I am not a golden child with million dollar grants and C-N-S publications, I nonetheless felt wanted during my job search and am able to impart my...


lamar.blackwell

Lamar
Blackwell

First year on the job: Making a good impression

It has been said that the first 90 days are particularly important in making a good impression on your manager.  The closer your skill set matches the job tasks, the easier this will be.  However, there are other things that you can do to get your new job off to a good start.


Michael.Salgaller

Michael
Salgaller

Top 10 Biotech Jobs (#10-7) – Positioning Yourself

Recently, Genetic Engineering News published a list of what they believe will be the top 10 biotech jobs most in demand over the next decade. For those looking for moving beyond the bench, starting their science career, or just looking for a change, the list proposes where the likeliest landing spot...


sandlin.preecs

Sandlin
Seguin

Jobs in Curriculum Development

In the new year, my job title changed from eLearning Specialist to eLearning Developer. My boss delivered this news with some hand waving about internal alignments, and my day to day work hasn’t changed. When I applied for my job as an eLearning Specialist, I wasn’t sure that I would make the cu...


holly.brevig

Holly
Brevig

Fellowships: Making lemonade from lemons

There are a number of fellowships and internships out there for PhDs to explore career options. There are teaching fellowships (e.g., Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship), science policy fellowships (e.g., Research American Science Policy), regulatory and medical writing (e.g., Cato Research Fello...


tom

Tom
Ruginis

Talking to scientists can be painful

Three months after leaving the lab and ditching my PhD program, I found a job as a sales rep. I became that person who knocks on your lab door, interrupts your day, and asks you to buy lab supplies. 


andrea.habura

Andrea
Habura

Literature Review

If you’re trying to make your products better, it’s nice when your customers almost have to fill out a user feedback form. “Publish or perish” is nothing but upside if you want to figure out what scientists are doing in the lab.


Judy.lytle

Judy
Lytle

For-Profit, Non-Profit, & Government Sectors

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 ...


Renda.Hawwa

Renda
Hawwa

Are you using your PhD?

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 BS...