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Sandlin Seguin

07.01.2016 |    5,144 |   reply |
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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 cut because my eLearning experience was limited to writing for asynchronous platforms (ie- materials people access on the web when they have time).If the title had been eLearning Developer, there is no way I would have applied, because that sounds like someone who writes code. To be honest,...

Sandlin Seguin

02.24.2016 |    4,826 |   reply |
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As I mentioned before, my team has been looking to hire a couple technical writers.  While the requirements for any specific role may vary, I find that it is a role that scientists can transition into fairly easily, because so much of what we do hinges on our ability to communicate...

Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

12.30.2015 |    4,274 |   reply |
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Finding that first job after we finish our academic training is not as easy as it sounds.  These days, we all know that the amount of individuals qualified for a job is very high while the amount of available jobs is very low. To make things worse, when we do find...

Sandlin Seguin

12.23.2015 |    4,613 |   reply |
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A fun buzzword I am seeing in job descriptions is agile. You will be part of an Agile team..., or ...using Agile methodology.  It’s very common in the software industry, but certainly getting some usage in other industries that have projects where the goals or scope may change during the development...

Sandlin Seguin

12.16.2015 |    5,131 |   reply |
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When I was working with a career coach to find my current job, I was in a networking rut.  I had already been through the basics of networking: learning about the major employers, the major professional groups and the general needs of the industry in my location. I did this by...

Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

11.25.2015 |    4,387 |   reply |
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If someone ask me what would be the best piece of advice I can give to a recent graduate who is about to start his/her first job, I would have to say: “make sure your social skills are impeccable”.  I have blogged about this topic in the past but this time...

Sandlin Seguin

08.12.2015 |    6,084 |   reply |
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The truth is out there: The number of tenure track faculty positions is shrinking relative to the number of eligible candidates.  Adjuncting may be viewed as a stop gap for departments who need instructors and candidates who are timing the job market, but these positions aren’t meant to be long term....
Tags: alternative careers to academia, teaching alternatives

Debojyoti Dhar

03.18.2015 |    5,989 |   reply |
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Every idea has its place under the sun. Two industries, pharmaceuticals and aviation which are known to be ‘high risk – high gain’ business are strikingly employing similar practices in order to maximize productivity and profits. Everyone would agree that both aviation and pharmaceutical businesses require ‘deep pockets’ to start and...
Tags: ideas for startup

Jane Yang

01.30.2015 |    8,128 |   reply |
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I am new to Bio Careers Blog.  Excited as I am as a first-timer, I will set a rule for my blog: I do not intend to give out specific action items or tips to fellow job seekers.   You see, I am one of you.  After many years of academic...
Tags: changing careers in life science

Clement Weinberger

11.14.2014 |    8,453 |   reply |
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Before you start to read this blog post, please take the time to note that it ends with a question mark.  That’s not to imply that “life” ends after grad school. It’s meant to imply that there are lots of things that a PhD can do.  After spending at least 25 years...
Tags: career path after grad school, job opportunities for grad students

Sandlin Seguin

10.15.2014 |    9,164 |   reply |
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Chances are good that at some point in your career, you will need to teach people something in a formal environment like a classroom or lecture hall.  You might get assigned the entire first year of intro bio (with labs), or you might just give a guest lecture in some graduate...
Tags: effective teaching methods, how to effectively teach students

Kristine Hennessy

10.03.2014 |    5,324 |   reply |
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After choosing to leave the academic track behind, I had to begin focusing on my new career as a high school biology teacher.   I realized that I knew nothing about teaching teenagers, or understanding the complex world that science is.   So I did what any good scientist would do, I...
Tags: teaching high school as a career path, transferable skills of scientists

Kia Walcott

08.29.2014 |    6,323 |   reply |
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If you’re having trouble finding a job or just looking to get some more experience, don’t be afraid to take a short-term position.  While I was looking for a job in science writing, I also started looking for something temporary that I could do to beef up my resume (and bring...
Tags: importance of teaching, is teaching for me, why should I teach

Shu Chin Ma

07.01.2014 |    10,465 |   reply |
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I will admit it, when I was a wee grasshopper, I had a rather naïve view of my future life as a professional. I vacillated between an aspiring, and probably a very hungry artist, a neurosurgeon and going to Africa to feed hungry children.  Needless to say, over the years, my...
Tags: love of teaching, teaching as a career

Kristine Hennessy

04.14.2014 |    11,662 |   reply |
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When I last wrote, I had been offered a position as a teacher, and jumped at the chance.  It has been the most fulfilling job I have ever had.  I have the chance every day to make a lasting impact on my students. As I began to tell friends and family...
Tags: Satisfaction of teaching, teaching as alternative career

Scott Jeffers

02.07.2014 |    19,496 |   reply |
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My friend Liz is a serial entrepreneur, who brings resourcefulness and strength to every project. Recently, she’s brought the same resourcefulness to advocate for her family. I’ve been following her story through Facebook posts. Today, she wrote a quote that fit perfectly with my thoughts on entrepreneurship. “Momentum toward a great...
Tags: lessons in entrepreneurship, working together

Jennifer Reineke Pohlhaus

02.04.2014 |    10,547 |   reply |
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Who cares where you go after graduate school, or after your postdoc?  You may think no one cares, but in fact a lot of people do (see, for example, responses to the PhD Placement Project). There is a huge movement right now in the US to track graduates. There is the...
Tags: Careers after graduate school, what happens after postdoc

Kristine Hennessy

01.06.2014 |    8,225 |   reply |
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Welcome to the first of many blog entries about teaching at the High School level.   I have been a teacher for three years now at a local private high school.  I have taught all levels of difficulty, and have enjoyed my time thus far. I figured that I would begin...
Tags: High School Teacher with a PhD, Teaching High School Biology

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