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Going Back to School

I know what you’re thinking. Why on earth would I go back to school?! I have a Doctorate! Plenty of us go back – for an MBA, or a graduate certificate, or a Masters in this or that. Almost 10 years after earning my doctorate, I’m back to school, earning a Master’s of Science degree in R...

Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo


Preparing for an interview (Part 3): Selling yourself during the interview

On the first two parts of this series, I wrote about what to expect from the interview process, and also the things we should consider when preparing for it. In this third entry, I will be focusing on how to sell yourself during the interview process, a topic that is as important as the previou...


Thomas Patrick

The Three C's Of Job Search

Hello everyone!Rather than talk about the nuts and bolts of job search this month, I wanted to touch on the mental game of job search. Let's be real, the mental aspect, or “mindset”, is really the most important part. Without the proper frame of mind, you have nothing. It's like having the ...



First year on the job: Understanding why you are there

This post, and the next couple of posts, will describe some of the things that are important in establishing yourself as a successful scientist in pharma in your first year.  The goal is to provide you a framework to think about how to be successful.As the title describes, it is important that ...



Are you only worth your last drawn salary?

What is talent? How do you judge it? Shouldn’t qualification, experience, useful contribution in the past etc. be the yardstick to measure potential in an individual? There is something called as an ‘inherent’ potential which might not come across directly in the CVs, but to a trained tal...



Transferrable Skills for Your Resume, CV, or Next Job Application

When thinking about how to translate your lab skills to skills that your next boss might find useful, look at the big picture. You’re taking steps toward becoming a generalist, most likely. So your knowledge base is going from an-inch-wide-and-a-mile-deep, to a-mile-wide-and-an-inch-deep. Let...



Meetings and Conferences: Go for the Professional Development, Stay for the Buffet

I’ve always enjoyed attending meetings and conferences, and not because I’m a technology nerd or need to escape my work environment. Whatever field you’re in, here’s hoping you’re really into it, or at least find it provides more than a paycheck. If you at least like what you do, you ...



Your Resume

Back in November, I wrote a blog with tips for writing a cover letter. This blog will focus on the resume. I spent a few years working for a great little start-up that hired me as one of their first 10 or so employees, which meant I wore a lot of hats. One of my hats was “Science and Technolo...



Is all in order?

It started with a good idea that became a testable hypothesis and a research plan. Now all the data has been recorded and analyzed, and you’ve got a research article to write and submit for publication. You know the structure. It’s not quite a recipe, but the ingredients are clear cut....



The Uninvited Guest Syndrome

Over the past several years, the federal government has been moving toward greater collaboration within and between federal programs, departments and agencies as well as with those outside of government from industry, the private sector, academia and nonprofit organizations.