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Thomas Patrick Chuna

01.01.2016 |    3,572 |   reply |
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The dreamer believes the road will someday get easier. The doubter wonders what disasters are waiting down the road. The doer never takes their foot off the gas pedal.  Hello Everyone!  This is that magical time of year when everyone focuses on the idea of new things, and fresh starts.  The holidays are done, and everyone is ready to get back to work. Depending on who you are, what your mindset is, and what has happened this past year, this idea of new vistas will either energize you, or terrify you. If you are looking forward with trepidation because you got rocked by job loss, or...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

12.30.2015 |    3,994 |   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...


Andrea Habura

12.28.2015 |    3,664 |   reply |
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When I meet people at cocktail parties, I tell them I build robots for a living. Which is the truth, but not the whole truth.  As you know, if you’ve been reading my blog posts, I'm a microbiologist who moved into the scientific instrument industry after about 20 years in academic...


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....


Sandlin Seguin

12.23.2015 |    4,243 |   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...


Tom Ruginis

12.21.2015 |    3,875 |   reply |
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As a CEO at HappiLabs, I have to manage the growth of the company, which includes hiring.  We are only a 5-person company, but we’re growing and, currently, I receive about one resume or inquiry per day. Each resume is guaranteed about 5 seconds of my time, as I do a...


Charlene Milliken

12.18.2015 |    5,268 |   reply |
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Since it’s on my mind now, I’d like to talk about the job interview.   It’s taken me a long time to come to a few realizations about job interviews.  I’ve been on a lot of interviews over the decades, but I know there are still a lot of things I...


Sandlin Seguin

12.16.2015 |    4,773 |   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...


Holly Brevig

12.14.2015 |    3,661 |   reply |
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In one of my blogs, I briefly wrote about career options and provided a table with various career types and organizations to find these careers.   I wanted to focus on what I thought were unique opportunities that I did not know about when I was in graduate school.  Just as...


Renda Hawwa

12.11.2015 |    3,557 |   reply |
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With so many options for PhD scientists these days, it is easy to feel like taking certain career paths means you won’t be “using your PhD”.  As anyone who gets their Doctorate comes to realize, there are many ways it will be used throughout life. Before starting graduate school, I had a...


Shu Chin Ma

12.10.2015 |    4,320 |   reply |
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The Office of Generic Drugs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), of course.  In 2014, generic drugs saved the U.S health care system $254 billion dollars, and with the recent outrageous price hiking of an HIV medication (cough, cough, by a greedy you-know-who), it’s even more crucial that patients...


Charlene Milliken

12.09.2015 |    3,536 |   reply |
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Does this sound familiar?: After several years, the end is finally in sight. The Ph.D. is practically in your hand!   But you want to quit.  Why?  Because you’re sick of academia.  You don’t want a career in teaching, you’re burnt out doing research, or you feel like you’re making absolutely...


Melanie Smith

12.08.2015 |    4,318 |   reply |
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I was at my first biotechnology job fair, managing the company booth, and was the only representative from the company able to attend that day.  After setting up the table with all the marketing materials, company literature, job postings, excited to entice people to the booth, I began talking with the...


Judy Lytle

12.07.2015 |    3,562 |   reply |
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Networking. It’s an anxiety-filled word to some.  But networking doesn’t have to mean showing up to numerous events where you don’t know a single soul, shelling out business cards to anyone who will take them. Of course that sounds awful. Keep in mind that you already have a network. It may be...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

12.04.2015 |    4,699 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone!  There is an old saying, that goes “He who hesitates is lost”.  This is very true in life. If you spend too much time dithering, and calculating what might or might not happen, if you do or don't do something, chances are,the opportunity will be gone before you get off...


Judy Lytle

12.02.2015 |    3,798 |   reply |
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You’re sitting in your third and final interview, and your prospective employer says, “We would like to work up an offer. What is your salary requirement?”  A little bead of perspiration streams down your back. What am I worth? If I ask for too much will they withdraw the offer? If...


Tom Ruginis

11.30.2015 |    4,052 |   reply |
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A continuing blog series of life as an entrepreneur after leaving academia. 5 years ago I dropped out of a PhD program in Pharmacology. It was a difficult decision but a smart one. Once the decision was made, outgoing messages began:  “Hey, just thought I’d let you know, I’m dropping out of...


Holly Brevig

11.27.2015 |    3,264 |   reply |
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So what’s it like working outside of lab?   Let’s start with my experience working in lab as a graduate student.  I stood for long periods of time, and moved around a lot, from working under the hood, to the cell culture room, and maybe then to another building to use...


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