Are you diminishing yourself and your accomplishments by using these two words?
Science as a discipline and career path is, by its nature, highly hierarchical. That is, chances are strong the organization you work with is structured vertically. There is a clear pecking order, a clear chain of command.
One of the best things about a science education is that it teaches you to see the bones beneath the skin.
In some cases, literally (hello there, anatomy people!), but mostly in the sense that we learn to see the hidden processes that drive the physical world. Being a scientist means you’ll never look at a seashell or a mai tai quite the same way again.
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 expand our awareness of a small part of the world. What used to be called “clubs” are now termed “meet-ups.” Are you involved? If not, why not? If so, are you using it both for career as well as social development and opportunities?
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.
“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 can tell you that I wear a lot of hats. I thought I’d write a blog about what it is I do on a day-to-day basis – maybe you’ll see something appealing in it, and decide to go that route.
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 spots are located. I’ve provided a little taste of what such positions do, so that you can do an initial assessment on whether it might be of interest.
#10 – Epidemiologist
When you hear the words “working remotely,” does it conjure up an image of someone sloppily dressed in their ratty pajama, hair unkempt, with a huge mug of coffee cradled in one hand, while sitting in front of the television with a computer, haphazardly propped on their lap?
How about someone who uses the company time to run personal errands, or someone doing their job with minimal effort?
Granted that might be true in some cases, however, not for the majority of us who have had the opportunity to work remotely for our company.
I know what you did this summer. You probably worked on your job, but not your career.
That’s okay. It’s hard to connect with people when so many are away on vacation. Weren’t you away part of the time? Please tell me you took a vacation. Please tell me you weren’t one of those who added to the sorry statistics about how little vacations Americans take.
So, how is the New year treating you? Are your resolutions still in place, or have you joined the humbled masses who will swear once again to never make New Year’s resolutions? I know Spiderman (in the 2012 reboot) said that the best kind of promises are those you can’t keep – but are you really going to take advice from someone who goes springing from one place to another in a red bodysuit without any regard to local liability laws?