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Tony Fox

09.09.2015 |    4,353 |   reply |
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This is the first in a series of blog entries geared towards all the science folk out there yearning for passion within their work.  Admittedly, many are simply looking for work.  That is entirely beside the point because there is always work to be done.  After years of education or comfortable jobs, it can be difficult to change gears in order to pursue certain professional interests.  One can become complacent and downright fearful of the unknown.  But relying on safe or ritualized behavior is no way to reach those lofty aspirations.  In this present economic state you must be willing...

Andrea Habura

09.07.2015 |    4,579 |   reply |
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You’ve probably seen it; millions of people have. One of the first videos done by the animation company Animusic, Pipe Dream is a fun computer animation of a mechanical percussion orchestra, with little balls caroming off of drums and xylophone keys and cowbells before tucking themselves neatly back into funnels...

Kate Sleeth

09.04.2015 |    3,954 |   reply |
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One of my mentors once told me, that to be a productive scientist, the key was to avoid any participation in committees and organizations.  This individual is a well respected scientist and a leader in their field so I listened although I fundamentally disagree with this idea.  How are you to improve anything if you...

Michael Salgaller

08.26.2015 |    4,906 |   reply |
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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...
Tags: why networking is important

Thomas Patrick Chuna

08.24.2015 |    5,490 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone!  Our topic this time is how to avoid making the hiring authority think you are an unreliable flake.  If you give that impression, all the latest fads in job search won't help you. Job search is difficult enough, without putting roadblocks in your own way. You have to remember that...
Tags: job hunting etiquette

Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

08.19.2015 |    5,465 |   reply |
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We all know that we have many more job responsibilities than the ones originally stated on the job description.  It is more and more common to see “other responsibilities” listed as a responsibility in many advertised jobs, and these can be anything that your supervisors can think of that might be...
Tags: job responsibilities

Shu Chin Ma

08.17.2015 |    5,118 |   reply |
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I will be the first one to admit that I am mighty talented when it comes to finding ways to procrastinate or frivolously waste time on a daily basis. You’d think it was an Olympic sport.  So, past the half way mark of 2015, I am finally getting around to my...

Sandlin Seguin

08.12.2015 |    5,783 |   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

Andrea Habura

08.10.2015 |    5,232 |   reply |
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Nature recently published an opinion piece about the things budding 21st century scientists need in their training (  Of the seven people who contributed to the article, four emphasized the need for scientists to learn non-scientific professional and leadership skills, the sort that are not often seen in a traditional academic-research...
Tags: internships for life science

Thomas Patrick Chuna

08.05.2015 |    8,828 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone!  This time we're going to take a look at three foundational principles that will keep you organized and focused on your job search.  Anyone who has read my blogs for a long time knows that I am a firm believer in not spinning your wheels. Spinning your wheels causes anxiety,...
Tags: how to do proper job search, job search process

Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

08.03.2015 |    6,201 |   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

Renda Hawwa

07.31.2015 |    5,720 |   reply |
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Two words that can evoke either feelings of pure excitement or pure fear: Startup Company.  Startups are common in the biotechnology world, as there are many brilliant scientists and business savvy people with innovative ideas and plans of how to implement them. After finishing my PhD in medicinal chemistry/structural biology, I was...
Tags: is start up a good option, working for startup companies

Thomas Patrick Chuna

07.28.2015 |    5,160 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone!  As you might imagine, I spend a lot of time perusing what is hot, new and happening as far as job search trends, and what the new school “thought leaders” are putting out there.  One thing I keep seeing is how print resumes and CV's are going (or should go)...
Tags: are resumes important, should I make a resume

Ron Hunter

06.29.2015 |    4,314 |   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 |    6,097 |   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

Sandlin Seguin

06.22.2015 |    6,969 |   reply |
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Once you decide that you are going to make a career transition, you are going to have to answer the question Why, “why make the transition?” And sometimes that will be worded as a skeptical “Why not stay?”  Having an answer to this question matters because it helps others understand where...

Robert Cory Bernhards

06.17.2015 |    7,367 |   reply |
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The major question almost all graduating PhDs face is whether to pursue a career in academia, industry, or government.  I’ll discuss pros and cons of each along with some common misconceptions. Many graduate students are under the false impression that most PhDs go into academia.  This is because our mentors are...
Tags: alternative careers to academia, how to get to industry as a fresh grad

Ron Hunter

06.08.2015 |    6,165 |   reply |
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At my desk, I have a sign that reads, “The most dangerous phrase in the language is ‘we’ve always done it this way’ by Rear Admiral Grace Hopper.”  Growing up as a child of a military serviceman can be seen as the ultimate training in becoming comfortable with change. We moved...
Tags: how to grasp change, is change good

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