After looking over many of these blog posts, one important area to discuss is the scientist as an inventor, adventurer, and entrepreneur. My career has had a long, winding path. Sometimes the terrain was sufficiently tortuous that I dreamt of being reincarnated as a Land Rover. I’ve been promoted ...
Why bother? Should I join the American Association of blah-dy-blah-blah of blahs? This is a question I asked myself while I was in graduate school, and it was the subject of a conversation I had with my other grad school friends. I remember in particular a society that offered joint memb...
Two weeks after my contract at Edgenuity officially ended, I have a new job offer in hand. I don’t want to be laying down platitudes about the right way to look for a job, because:-this job offer was 4 months in the making.-I never actually applied for this job.-I got this job because my old manag...
DID YOU “AGE-OUT” OF YOUR CHANCE FOR A GREEN CARD BY TURNING 21 YEARS OLD? YOU MAY BE ABLE TO TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME!Most foreign national students and recent graduates will obtain legal permanent residence through an employer-based immigrant petition. For a few, there soon may ...
With many graduate students and postdocs looking for career opportunities outside the laboratory, science policy is becoming an increasingly popular field. I won’t go in to the basic details of what the field entails and the different types of organizations and jobs involved (there are plenty of p...
A well developed network is one of your most important assets. The quality and strength of your network significantly impacts career opportunities, your career trajectory, and overall success. It can take years, sometimes decades, to develop a robust professional network, and it often do...
This past week was the annual Society for Neuroscience (SFN) conference in San Diego, CA. Over 30,000 neuroscience researchers attended the four-day conference held in the San Diego Convention Center. Needless to say, this flow of people can create vast opportunities in terms of meeting fellow...
Over the past 10 years, I have talked with numerous graduate students that are in the process of selecting a laboratory to conduct their research. One thing that has stood out during those conversations is the lack of homework that students do when selecting a laboratory. With the average time to a ...
In my previous instalment, I talked about the process of getting an interview for my position as a lab manager, my interactions with prospective bosses, and the offer I got. Today, I'll talk about when the offer was made, how and when I told my former lab, and how I got to where I am after the inter...