Careers

ASM’s careers blog focuses on young scientists seeking career advice, professional development and career exploration. Here you’ll find “a day in the life” profiles on working scientists, tips and tricks on how to craft resumes, find a mentor and transition from academia to industry.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 10:21

How to Prioritize Projects in a Corporate Company

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Prioritization is something we all do daily, yet most of us never take time to formally develop the skill. We choose to go with our gut feeling, or what “makes sense” at the time. In the corporate world, your work impacts the effectiveness of the business as a whole and resources can be limited. It’s imperative to align your work with the broader goals of the organization and to learn how to strategically prioritize projects so that you achieve the best results and tackle the most important projects first. We give you tips on how to start prioritizing your projects…
For beginner researchers, you want to do every experiment and work on many projects, and that can lead to long work days and early fatigue in graduate school. We describe four tips on how to manage your time in the research lab so you can achieve a work-life balance and be more productive.
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:55

Presentation Tips: A Page From Teaching

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Presenting at a conference has many challenges. As a presenter, you need to succinctly deliver a presentation that touches on 1 or 2 takeaways and covers the diverse viewpoints in the room. The audience chose to attend your presentation with the intention to learn about--and use--the information you share. So how do you increase learning for your audience when presenting at a conference? We discuss 4 ways.  
Tuesday, 29 May 2018 12:26

Redefined by Academia and Parenthood

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We share insights from someone who was a mom and transitioning out of academia. She shares her story on how she found her career passion and what being a mom while pursuing her career goals was like. She hopes her story can inspire others to redefine their own identities and to share their experiences towards increasing transparency about academia and parenthood.
ASM was at the 2018 USA Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF) to capitalize on the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) buzz and raise awareness of the microbial sciences. Our volunteers were at the ASM exhibit booth, workshops and career sessions. We talk about the activities at the booth and how you can do science outreach.
Thursday, 10 May 2018 09:56

The Experience Needed for Graduate School

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With ASM Microbe 2018 and the Microbe Academy for Professional Development (MAPD) around the corner, we cover a session from last year on tips for improving your graduate school application. Some advice included getting research experience, doing well in your major subject courses, and scoring high on your GRE exam. Read more to learn additional tips.
Friday, 04 May 2018 12:08

Get Started: 5 Tips for Your Resume

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Most people in science are familiar with a curriculum vitae (CV), which is very different from a resume. A resume is an essential component of a job application in industry, non-profit, and non-research jobs. It contains relevant experiences and information that match the job posting. We discuss 5 tips on how to get started on writing your resume.
Wednesday, 25 April 2018 14:59

Networking in Microbiology

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You’ve heard it several times - the graduate student in Dr. Krebs’s lab who made a significant finding with a newly acquired collaborator. Or Lisa who started a blog after she met Steve, a program coordinator in science communication, while in cross-fit class. Networking creates new opportunities and therefore it’s very important to your research and your overall career. So, how does one network in the field of microbiology? To learn more about this, we reached out to microbiologists to ask for their one piece of advice for networking. The main take-away: do not limit your network to the people in…
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 14:56

A Microbiology Career in the United States Army

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There are many options for newly graduated Ph.D.s and postdoctoral fellows like the lesser-known career as a Research Microbiologist in the United States Army. Dr. Gina Griffith did a postdoc at the United States Army Institute for Surgical Research and then was commissioned directly into the Army. She likes the growth potential and varied projects that come with being in the Army.
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:39

Making the Most When Starting a New Job

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The 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.
Thursday, 22 March 2018 13:40

Rules for Negotiating Job Benefits

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We give you tips on how to negotiate not just your salary, but other benefits too.  
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 11:10

The Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing

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Do you have an interview lined up? We share what to do and not do on interview day!
Oftentimes employers want a candidate that can fill their hiring needs, make the company look good to others, and fit in with the company’s staff. We provide advice on how you can prepare for the interview. First, determine your goals, understand your true value, research your employer, and practice interviewing.  
We share tips on how to prepare for your career early in graduate school.
Dr. Kenneth Gibbs is director of the Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) Program and program director in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity at NIH’s NIGMS. He was previously a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow. His impressive career has been guided by the desire to change the culture of science to enhance opportunities for all -- with a particular focus on people from historically underrepresented groups. In this interview with Dr. Gibbs, we learn how he made the transition to science policy.
Some you may want to oversee all of the functions of a clinical laboratory by becoming a clinical microbiology laboratory director. This not only requires knowledge of the clinical laboratory but also skills in analysis, problem-solving, personnel management and more. We provide tips on what you can do to become competitive for clinical microbiology lab director positions.
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 10:04

The Would Haves and Should Haves of Graduate School

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Research suggests that one of the best ways to find out how you’d experience something is to see how others experienced it. So that’s why in this article, we asked postdocs and senior graduate students, “If you could go back in time and do one thing differently in graduate school, what would it be?” Some mentioned researching mentors before doing rotations, and others talked about taking care of themselves. Hear what others said.  
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 10:00

Working in Industry After Academia

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Dr. David Henderson is a Scientist in the Clinical Affairs Department at Biofire Diagnostics. He shares his thoughts on transitioning from academia to industry, the differences he sees between the two worlds, and offers advice for students and postdocs who are interested in industry.
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 14:59

12 Tips to Finding Postdoctoral Mentors and Labs

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If you are considering a postdoc after graduate school, then read about the do’s and don’ts of picking a postdoctoral mentor and lab.
Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS) who work in a clinical laboratory have many transferable research skills that make them attractive to science graduate school programs. The key is marketing these talents in your essays and interviews and to the admissions committee. We highlight some uniquely MLS skills sure to dazzle any graduate admissions committee.
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