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Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

02.22.2017 |    2,653 |   reply |
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If you are looking for a job, most likely you have many expectations about it. How much money you wish to get paid, how many vacation days you will get and what type of benefits will be included just to mention a few. You might also think about how related the job is to your expertise or experience. What about the culture of the company or the environment among employees, do you have expectations on those too? Most people do have expectations about jobs and more often than not those expectations play a big role on whether they apply or...


Judy Lytle

02.16.2017 |    2,867 |   reply |
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I can proudly say that I’ve accepted jobs even though I knew (and my new manager knew) that I didn’t have a clue how to do some or all of that job. In fact, I seem to have made a career of doing just that. If you attended my webinar...


Christiana Davis

06.13.2016 |    4,776 |   reply |
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Congratulations! Your resume has landed you an interview.  But to authenticate your work history, prospective employers ask for professional references. They want to know the person behind the resume. To help them do this, they either contact the references directly, or they enlist the services of Professional Reference/Background Checking agencies. Some...


Suzane Ramos da Silva

04.11.2016 |    2,887 |   reply |
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My challenge began around a ago, when my PI invited me to manage the lab, while at the same time, I was developing my post-doc projects.  At first, I said no, but after considerable thought, I decided to accept the new task. Apart from the new routine, it also came with...


Charlene Milliken

01.15.2016 |    3,781 |   reply |
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I’ve asked myself this question a lot over the past couple of years.   I spent years in graduate school, focused on becoming an expert in a subject matter that I was passionate about…only to leave it behind as soon as my Ph.D. was in hand.  Did I just waste 8-1/2...


Judy Lytle

01.13.2016 |    3,489 |   reply |
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I’ve been really fortunate my entire professional career.  I’ve had mentors at every stage. The interesting thing is, my mentors weren’t actively sought. Each time, the relationship was organic, and only in retrospect have I realized that these people served the role of mentor, and that their impacts on my career...


Lamar Blackwell

12.25.2015 |    4,000 |   reply |
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In the introduction to this series, I mentioned that we need to understand the reality of the process of achieving our career goals.   We also need to assess our strengths and weaknesses.  We need to think about why we are chasing this goal and why it is important to us....


Lamar Blackwell

11.18.2015 |    4,130 |   reply |
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An introduction to the process A common challenge for professionals is the situation where you having a good sense of the field you want to work in, but lacking clarity in what exactly we want to do in this field or how to get there.  It is difficult for a number of...
Tags: reaching your goals


Lamar Blackwell

11.06.2015 |    3,192 |   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...


Robert Cory Bernhards

10.19.2015 |    3,604 |   reply |
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We all know scientific research is tough and can be extremely frustrating at times…well, most of the time. Due to all of the inherent adversity, it can be difficult to remain passionate about your work. But it’s important to keep your passion alive to be successful, especially if you are...


Lamar Blackwell

09.25.2015 |    4,772 |   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


Donna Kridelbaugh

09.23.2015 |    5,252 |   reply |
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January is National Mentoring Month, which was founded by the Harvard School of Public Health. The National Mentoring Partnership was conceived to raise awareness about mentoring programs, and to recruit people to serve as role models for youth in their communities. Mentors make a positive impact on youth’s lives, and...
Tags: how to become a mentor, resources for mentoring, why is mentoring important


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

08.19.2015 |    5,464 |   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 |    5,114 |   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...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

06.05.2015 |    7,028 |   reply |
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Whether we are starting on a new job or have been in the same job for years, it is always essential to know what I like to call our professional value.  In other words, professional value is defined by how competitive we are or how much people are willing to do...
Tags: maintaining your professional value


Sandlin Seguin

02.27.2015 |    8,687 |   reply |
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Last week, I accepted a new job that I am very excited about.  Of course, anytime you can wrap up a job hunt is deeply gratifying, but this time in particular, I am thrilled with the outcome. I am taking a role as an eLearning Specialist at Tableau Software.  That’s a...
Tags: job coach works, tips for job search


Shu Chin Ma

02.25.2015 |    9,357 |   reply |
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Does your stomach do flips when you hear the word “presentation”? Does your throat get drier than the Sahara desert when you have to speak to more than one person? Do you sweat profusely when you have to “network”? Do your legs wobble if you have to resolve perceived conflicts...
Tags: public speaking tips, speaking with confidence


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

02.23.2015 |    7,593 |   reply |
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Finishing a PhD has been one of the most exciting and fulfilling goals I have achieved so far. However, the path was far from easy.  I believe most of my peers will agree with me when I say that towards the end of our training, the path becomes not only highly...
Tags: life after phd, what to after phd


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