Career Paths

Judy.lytle@gmail.com

Judy
Lytle

The Unicorn that is a Great Manager

I have recently had a couple of my interactions with my current manager that have led me to reflect on managers I’ve had over my career. And I admit that I compare every manager I have to the best manager I’ve ever had. And no one before or after has met the high bar that is her legacy in my min...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

Aníbal
Valentín-Acevedo

Switching Paths

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 migh...


sandlin.preecs@gmail.com

Sandlin
Seguin

What goes in a writing portfolio?

Chances are good that if you have considered moving into a communication heavy career, someone has at some point suggested you keep a writing portfolio. If you are like me, you nodded sagely and left confused. What is a writing portfolio? And what do I put in mine, if I am working as a scientis...


Lauren Celano

Lauren
Celano

Building skills for career success while in academia

The topic of career planning is something that I discuss with almost everyone I speak with, regardless of whether they are a graduate student or industry professional.  I emphasize that regardless of where someone is in their career, steps can be taken to develop the hard (e.g. techniques) and ...


Ian Street

Ian
Street

On Being Entrepreneurial to Find Your New Career

There are many paths out of academia, and finding one can be surprisingly difficult. There are a few things I might suggest can do to speed the process, things I wish I’d done earlier.


Donna Kridelbaugh

Donna
Kridelbaugh

#SCICOMM TIP: NEVER CLAIM TO BE THE FIRST TO DO ANYTHING IN SCIENCE

You see it all the time—in a popular news article about a groundbreaking research study to even the primary literature—that so-and-so researcher is the “first” to make some brand new discovery.This claim makes me cringe every time I see it. Why? Well to be honest, it’s highly unlikely to b...


sandlin.preecs@gmail.com

Sandlin
Seguin

Basics of Curriculum Development

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 seminar where you ...


DaveGalgoczy@biocareers.com

Dave
Galgoczy

Beyond the academic herd: how to pursue opportunity

Years ago, during my grad school interviews, the late Seymour Benzer told me that I would be forced to decide in grad school whether I would “run with the herd,” or instead become one of the few scientists who would be comfortable operating more independently. That succinct statement encomp...


charlotte.mitchell@biocareers.com

Charlotte
Mitchell

Choosing your career carefully

Believe it or not, but being a scientist leaves you with quite a few career choices in both science-related and unrelated fields. You do want to choose carefully, because moving back into a field that you previously left definitely has some challenges. However, in some cases, it can work to you...


kia.walcott@biocareers.com

Kia
Walcott

A Day in the Life of a Medical Writer

Before I begin, let me say that there are several types of medical/science writing roles, and the projects one works on within each role, can vary.I work for a healthcare communications agency on the commercial side of an oncology product. Projects I work on can be physician-or patient-facing, for s...