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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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 a specialized piec...