CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 12:10

Making the Most When Starting a New Job

Job blocks CPThe first few months of a new job are critical in building your foundation for future success. But in all the excitement, many people miss the opportunity. If you take it slow, refine your presentation, and build your relationships, your first few months can be a springboard to your career development.

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prepared LPYour first year of graduate school is a very exciting time full of new experiences and opportunities. It may seem like you will be in graduate school forever, but time will pass more quickly than you think. It's important to start thinking beyond graduate school about your career, even in the early stages. We share tips on how to prepare for your career early in graduate school.

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In the lab 1 Career LPThe success of an academic researcher and career progression depends on quantifiable metrics like the number of grants, publications, presentations, posters, etc. However, researchers also engage in many other, less tangible activities that are critical to academic success, such as mentoring people, reviewing papers and grants, serving on committees, etc. However, these activities constitute only a small part of a researcher’s application for career advancement. As a consequence, participating in these activities is not rewarded properly in academia. What general solutions might exist to better value and reward these activities in academia? Read our blog for suggestions.

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Henkin CLPMany trainees are transitioning into non-research careers. Navigating this transition can be tricky, as the available resources are still scarce and fairly inconsistent. Dr. Josh Henkin, founder of STEM Career Services, gave a workshop at the 2017 AAAS meeting titled “Transitioning into a Non-Academic Career.” The workshop explored the skills and best practices for trainees to transition out of academia. We highlight the main points from the session.

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Two people Discussion Career SiteYou are 1-2 years away from graduation and want to switch into a different sector or move away from research altogether. Or you are a postdoc who is actively applying for jobs outside of academia. How do you tell your dissertation/postdoc mentor that you are considering a career different from an academic research position? We discuss hurdles that trainees encounter and provide tips on having a career discussion with your mentor.

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photo 0170461730ighdrhIn today’s world, direct engagement with those outside of science is critical not only to communicating what we’ve discovered, but also to promoting an atmosphere of trust between scientists and the public. Direct engagement can mean many things, but for me, public outreach is a powerful and immediate means of bridging the gap.

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Business Management Crop 2You’ve finally landed a job in research & development or in the clinical research division at a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company. After spending, a few years mastering your job, you might be thinking of moving into the business side of your company and ask yourself “How much business experience/background do I need to be competitive for a management position within industry?” We interviewed Dr. Alita Miller of Entasis Therapeutics and Dr. Sarah McHatton of Novozymes to get their insights on this question.

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Wednesday, 04 January 2017 16:50

How to Pick a Post-Doc Position

Test Tubes Final2One of the challenges for any PhD candidate is to decide if they want to pursue a post-doctoral position after graduation.  This challenge can become more daunting when decisions need to be made about where (and under who) this post-doc should be conducted as well as the post-doctoral research topic.  However, it’s important to know that you are not alone in making these types of decisions. Microbe Mentor reached out to three relatively new post-docs, regarding their post-doc decisions.  Despite different backgrounds, they collectively agreed that it was critical to first determine what was important to them. The factors and their importance played out differently for each of the three interviewed post-docs. 

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RightQuestions ImageYou’ve heard about Medical Science Liaison (MSL) positions and even know alumni from your institution that have entered the field, but what does a MSL actually do?  Is it a sales position?  Is there a lot of travel? When you’re looking for answers to these myriad of questions, who do you turn to? How about someone who is currently in the job in the form of an informational interview? To learn how to do informational interviews and why they are important, check out the article.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 10:45

A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding your Career Goals

The career planning process can start at any time, but the overall rule is the sooner the better. The rule applies to anyone -  whether you’re a junior undergraduate, 1st year graduate student, postdoctoral fellow or somewhere in between. The career planning process includes four steps: 1) Understanding You – What are your interests, values, and skills? 2) Exploration – What are the current career paths in the workforce and which do you find most interesting? 3) Building Yourself and Your Network – What skills, experiences, and people do you need to get to career X, Y, or Z? 4) Job Search – How do you put together a job application and execute the interview successfully? This process is important because it will help you shape your career aspirations and make you more marketable for a particular career. In return, these steps will make it easier for you to put your application materials together, including: cover letters, resumes, CVs, teaching philosophies, etc.

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