Career Paths

paulwmcd

Paul
McDonald

Welcome to Consulting….

I feel like this is my first day at some strange group counseling session.  As everyone looks around nervously, I stand up and finally say, “My name is Paul, and I left academics to become a consultant.”  Phew, that feels better.   More and more academics are deciding that t...


marina

Marina
Enachi

9 New Webinars: Transitioning to Industry Jobs and Beyond

We would like to let you know about the free webinars coming soon on Bio Careers.  All you need is your computer and internet access to attend. On the day of the webinar, we'll open the room twenty minutes prior to the start so you'll have plenty of time to get your spot and check that you...


gaia.shamis

Gaia
Vasiliver-Shamis

Taking the leap of faith – saying goodbye to the bench

Humans are creatures of habit, and since scientists are mostly humans too (pending on their exposure level to ethidium bromide) they get comfortable at their little benches.  And even if they really want to do something else they tend to stick with what’s familiar and rather keep their pipett...


katesleeth

Kate
Sleeth

The Ethics of Repetition: Replicates vs. Repeats

How many of us have read a paper or listened to a presentation and wondered exactly how many times an experiment had been repeated?  In an ideal world the writer or presenter will have clearly noted this detail as n= (insert number between 2- x) and it helps you have confidence in their work. &...


stitchick

Dr
27

My reasons to move elsewhere in academia

In my last entry, I discussed how I got started in what I call the epic job search of 2011. The epic job search spanned the late fall of 2010 to May of 2011, but it wasn’t until January of 2011 that I got full force on the job applications/interviewing cycle. It wasn’t an easy decision, but once...


ms.wennylin

Wenny
Lin

Retirement benefits in the federal government

Recently, The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that on average, federal government employees are underpaid by 26.3% compared with similar non-federal jobs. This “pay gap” has widened over the last couple years while federal salaries were frozen.With such a large difference in pay, I wondered,...


virginie.adam

Virginie
Adam

Feed my mind!

As a goodbye present after my PhD defense, a friend of mine gave me a very interesting book: Science, a history. It’s a fascinating account of the birth of the scientific method, with a portrayal of the charismatic protagonists who made scientific discoveries that advanced human knowledge.


katesleeth

Kate
Sleeth

Following Directions

I was recently involved in the review process of the Summer Academy applications for my institution.  We accept around 50 scholars each summer for 10-12 week programs which consist of both high school and undergraduate students.  This is the first time I have been involved with this proces...


katesleeth

Kate
Sleeth

Letter to my Younger Self

I submitted an article to the Science club for girls website earlier this year.  The website states “Women who share a love of science, engineering and technology, who are in different stages of their careers, share with their “young selves” words of encouragement, glimpses into the futur...


ceweinber

Clement
Weinberger

To postdoc - or not?

OK, I've made "postdoc" into a verb. Sorry about that, but the question remains "does one need to do one?”  The key to considering a postdoc as an optional first step rather than a logical or expected first step is in deciding what your long term goals are before you decide on a postdoc. I’...