Career Paths



Hard Choices-Bedside or Bench

I am originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa. I completed medical training in Russia, and matriculated to the United States. Now a freelancer, I offer a full range of Regulatory Medical Writing, Project Management, and Career Training (both group and individual) Services. I also help individuals m...



The Leap from the Lion’s Head

In the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, our intrepid hero reluctantly does something completely senseless: he leaps off a cliff “from the lion’s head,” into a bottomless chasm to prove his faith and get to the Grail that he’s been hunting. (If you somehow missed the movie, the scene...


Shu Chin

Careers in Different Fields: A Personal Prospective: Part 1, Academia

I will admit it, when I was a wee grasshopper, I had a rather naïve view of my future life as a professional. I vacillated between an aspiring, and probably a very hungry artist, a neurosurgeon and going to Africa to feed hungry children. Needless to say, over the years, my career has bobbed a...



Your resume - the importance of presentation!

Remember the last time you walked into a fancy restaurant? I know not many of us in the science field have the funds to frequent those places, but try to think about the main differences between an average establishment and a 5-star restaurant. The quality of food should of course be first, or so yo...



New Blogger Kia: Listen and (Hopefully) Learn

Hi there! My name is Kia and I’m very excited to join the Bio Careers family! I thought I’d introduce myself in this first post and let you get to know a little about me. Like anyone else, I have had a bunch of experiences, made more than my fair share of mistakes, and have enjoyed many successe...



Engineers are from Theory, Biologists are from Experiment

As you know from my previous blog entries, I’m a biologist who makes lab equipment for a living. In my new work life as a machine builder, I spend much of my time working with engineers. It’s great fun, and I’m learning tremendous amounts from them. One of the most interesting parts is wh...



Bite Off More Than You Think You Can Chew!

A couple of months ago we decided to put a submission in for an NIH grant.  No big deal, I hear you all say.  Well, we had decided so late that we only have 17 days to do it! I was the main writer for the project, and so it fell to me to do some major blue skies, thinking about what w...


Ramos da Silva

Should I stay or should I go?

In my first blog at Bio Careers, I would like to discuss the options that scientists have when they finish their postdocs. When you are at the limbo phase, you must decide which will be the next move, and for that you need to consider your own natural skills and personality. 



Get Write: How to Prep for a Career in Science Writing NOW

There are no real rules to job hunting or deciding on a career path. Some general principles do exist however, and while I cannot attest to them all, I can tell you what worked for me! 



Managing Your Personal Finances

In the US, the month of April is synonymous with federal and state income tax deadlines. For millions of Americans, Tax Day is a dreaded day. A more positive outlook to take, however, is that tax season is a government-facilitated reminder of the need to focus on your personal finances in gener...