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Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

06.30.2017 |    1,134 |   reply |
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Having a job is an essential part of our adult life, and it is definitely something we need in order to survive. It is something we depend on.  If we think about it, most of us will spend most of our productive life working, so looking for a job or staying at a job that we are unhappy about might not be the smartest idea.  Finding a job, whether it is in our field of training or completely unrelated to it, is not an easy task, and once we have a job, holding on to it doesn't come any easier. In an...


Judy Lytle

06.21.2017 |    802 |   reply |
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I recently gave a talk at a luncheon hosted by my research institute. In the days since, I’ve had a few experiences that have brought me to this blog. I’d like to talk about how to engage an audience, whether it’s an actual audience, or an interviewer, or new colleagues...


Caroline Ceniza-Levine

06.06.2017 |    763 |   reply |
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Information overload carries a negative connotation but sometimes it comes from a happy place. This past weekend, I was in Seattle leading a career change workshop for the Lean In Seattle and Lean In Women’s Veterans chapters. This all-day event featured speakers from around the country, and with the quantity...


Judy Lytle

09.21.2016 |    4,506 |   reply |
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One can argue that those of us who go into neuroscience do so because we're fascinated with our own neuroses. In fact, several folks have expressed just that to me specifically. So... I guess I should figure out what my neuroses are! My mother was a passionate, fiery individual, and...


Lamar Blackwell

09.05.2016 |    4,299 |   reply |
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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...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

06.17.2016 |    4,647 |   reply |
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Hello everyone!  This month, I wanted to focus on something that “SHOULD” go without saying, but I see it enough that I am moved to make it my topic this time around.  I don't know what job seekers are thinking when they do this, but I see everyone from life science gurus...


Judy Lytle

05.17.2016 |    4,229 |   reply |
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When thinking about how to translate your lab skills to skills that your next boss might find useful, look at the big picture.  You’re taking steps toward becoming a generalist, most likely. So your knowledge base is going from an-inch-wide-and-a-mile-deep, to a-mile-wide-and-an-inch-deep. Let’s take a few examples. Wet Lab Skills. Ok, so...


Hamilton Lenox

03.01.2016 |    3,054 |   reply |
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My name is Hamilton Lenox, and welcome to my first blog on Bio Careers.   When I was first approached and asked to contribute to the site, I readily agreed, in the hopes that I could potentially offer some insights that will help others who are just starting their careers, or...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

12.30.2015 |    4,299 |   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...


Michael Salgaller

11.09.2015 |    4,230 |   reply |
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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....


Lamar Blackwell

11.06.2015 |    3,407 |   reply |
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Together, we have learned that there are transferable skills that we can take from our academic space to work in pharma.   I hope that we have learned about the importance of our ability to communicate, be resourceful, have energy, analyze work, and manage the work and expectations.  Understanding how to...


Lamar Blackwell

09.25.2015 |    4,989 |   reply |
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An important thing that we learned to do in academia is manage how we use our time.   We are able to manage the amount of time that we allocate to any one activity.  It was probably something that we learned to do during graduate school or during our postdoctoral work....
Tags: management of time, time management


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

08.03.2015 |    6,406 |   reply |
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Is it appropriate to say no to your boss when he or she asks you to do something, or to take on a new project?  First, let me tell you that it is indeed ok to say no to your boss. However, you have to say it in a specific way...
Tags: how to say no, is it ok to say no, tips on saying no


Ron Hunter

06.29.2015 |    4,512 |   reply |
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The Little League in Georgia selected my six-year-old godson to play in the All-Star team, and I was excited to attend the final game.  Not only did the coach ensure each child had a turn to bat, but he also allowed each child to man a different position on the field...
Tags: how to be a better employee


Lamar Blackwell

06.24.2015 |    6,296 |   reply |
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When transition from academia to pharma industry, you will be hired to solve problems.   There is a reason that they are looking to hire someone.  The company has a problem of some type.  Maybe it’s because that they have more work than can be completed by the staff at hand....
Tags: tips on getting into pharma


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

05.15.2015 |    6,201 |   reply |
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During my undergraduate studies I took more than 18 credits in the Social Sciences from Theories of Personality, to Sociology and Social Problems.  At the time, I wasn't completely clear as to how taking these courses would influence my future, both at the personal and professional level, but that became evident...
Tags: how to develop social skills, socialization with peers


Shu Chin Ma

05.11.2015 |    6,518 |   reply |
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How many of you shiver when you hear “networking”? Or do you jump for joy?  If you are in the latter category, then congratulations and you can stop reading. However, if you are from the first category, here are some tips that might be able to help you to overcome the...
Tags: how to follow up on an employer, how to network


Lamar Blackwell

05.04.2015 |    7,327 |   reply |
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One of the most important things we learn during our Ph.D. training is the ability to do a “needs analysis”.   We learn how to get work done when resources are limited, project goals are shifted, and priorities change for things like grant proposals.  Still, other times, we realize that we...
Tags: skill building for life scientists, transferable skills


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