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 mind.
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 might not be the smartest idea.
Several years ago, I was doing field research in a remote and extremely cold site, and I had to take a multi-day survival training course before they would let me out on the ice unsupervised. On our first day of “Happy Camper School,” my classmates and I were given a list: “Bring: Extreme Cold Weather gear, extra clothes of choice, sunglasses, full water bottle, camera, pee bottle, sense of humor. Leave behind: Cotton, alcohol, pets, worldly troubles, self-pity.”
Admit it: you have a “lucky” PCR machine, don’t you? As any experimental biologist can tell you, working at the bench has a strong element of tradition and muscle knowledge. If I’m running a Western blot or pouring a gel, I’ll probably do it a certain way, because that’s the way I was taught, back when I was a fresh-faced young undergraduate, and it’s always worked for me. If the reviewers are happy, I’m happy. But is this the best a scientist can do? Could bench practice be more rational?
Every idea has its place under the sun. Two industries, pharmaceuticals and aviation which are known to be ‘high risk – high gain’ business are strikingly employing similar practices in order to maximize productivity and profits.Everyone would agree that both aviation and pharmaceutical businesses require ‘deep pockets’ to start and sustain. Both have long periods of gestation but if run properly, then returns can be huge eg. Pfizer, Merck, Emirates etc.
How to set yourself apart from the rest? The importance of your social skills and attitude in the job
For every job available out there, no matter the discipline, we can find hundreds of applicants equally qualified who can fill that position.
I read this very interesting article in Forbes, and saw many take always and good advice. So I decided to share it, combined with my own experience.
One of the best things about a science education is that it teaches you to see the bones beneath the skin. In some cases, literally (hello there, anatomy people!), but mostly in the sense that we learn to see the hidden processes that drive the physical world. Being a scientist means you’ll never look at a seashell or a mai tai quite the same way again.
There is something very attractive about a listening to a person excited about what they are saying. Many times, the conversation is more interesting and enjoyable because there is an energy that is associated with the person talking. You want to leave this type of impression with pharma professionals when speaking with them. In this article, I will explain how bringing your energy and passion, can help the transition to work in the pharma industry.
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 professors, and academia is what they know, so in turn, that’s all you learn from them.