Given the current state of the economy and current job market, it's predictable that the pressures and stresses on PhDs finishing their postdocs to find jobs are significant. It's also becoming increasingly clear that opportunities in the traditional academic career path, although availabl...
If you think The Matrix was mind-bending, check out matrix management for an organizational structure that also bends. That is, bends reporting lines. Matrix management is a type of organizational management style where people from different departments are pooled to work on a project.&nb...
Let me start by saying I love my job. I really do, but I have been at my current job for less than four years, and I already cringe at the mere mention of team building exercises. Those in management, or rather consultants, advise us that team building exercises will foster and encourage a team ...
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.
We would like to let you know about the next free webinars coming soon on Bio Careers: 1. Presenter: Jennifer Reineke Pohlhaus, PhD Topic: Career Path: "Science Policy: Making the Switch" Wed, 7/25/12, 1-2PM EST Register to this webinar: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register...
How often is there an opportunity which becomes available and you talk yourself out of it? I know if you are like me that has certainly happened before, but hopefully we can prevent it from happening in the future. It is natural that you are going to judge yourself more harshly than othe...
Hi everyone!When I’m asked, “what’s the hardest part of a job search”? I always say the same thing – “making sure that the jobseeker doesn’t mentally and emotionally ‘check out’ of the process” Here is an example of “checking out”… let’s say you find a pertinent (or ...
I know that I do. Unfortunately, as scientists the medium through which we often present our findings is through either a poster or seminar presentation. Either way, it involves standing in front of a group of people and telling them the story of your research. Easy, right? W...
In “coach speak,” an assessment exercise is a term we use to describe having the job seeker think about themselves, and then write about themselves, and then analyze what they have thought and written, for the purposes of illumination and guidance. The reason they are called “exercises”...
I was post-qualifying exam and officially a third-year. Allegedly the “third year” status means that you have more time to focus on your research projects and that you’re almost done teaching. It also seemed to mean that you were in this “gap” period in grad school: post-qualif...