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Sandlin Seguin

02.11.2014 |    13,257 |   reply |
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Sometimes the science career track can feel like a track you are stuck on. If you are starting to feel like your career options are limited to being faculty or failure, or that you just want to give up and go back to school to learn a trade, you might not be aware of some of the really interesting career resources that are out there. Since I’ve been working in career education, I’m in touch with a number of interesting resources that might be useful to people who need some inspiration looking outside the tenure track box for their career. One...
Tags: how to look for jobs, what is the right job for me

Nathan Vanderford

01.22.2014 |    8,207 |   reply |
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I’m not a New Year’s resolution practitioner, but what I do like to do at the end of the year/beginning of a new year is to think about my goals. Goal setting is a best practice for all professionals and especially those who are looking to make personal and professional...
Tags: accomplishing things, Goal setting, new years resolution for setting goals

Mandy Kendrick

12.02.2011 |    15,346 |   1 reply |
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Done with the bench…or do you just need a change of scenery instead? At the end of graduate school, I remember thinking, “I am tired of doing research; can I really handle a postdoc?”  My graduate work entailed using the model plant Arabidopsis to investigate the molecular cascade of events that...
Tags: deadline, PhD

Mandy Kendrick

10.26.2011 |    20,129 |   reply |
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Unless you are like my friend Sunny, who does not usually care for the taste of chocolate, then perhaps you can agree with me that it would be nice to save the cacao plant, which produces the cacao bean required for the production of chocolate.  The cacao crop in South...
Tags: Agro Research, biology, crops

Mandy Kendrick

10.11.2011 |    14,473 |   1 reply |
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At the end of your work day, what motivates you to set up that extra experiment, type one more paragraph, or stay alert and active in that late-afternoon meeting?  If you are wired similarly to my husband, then it is probably the paycheck.  Salary, bonuses, and pay increases are means...
Tags: agriculture research, motivation

Mandy Kendrick

09.08.2011 |    12,779 |   reply |
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Postdoc positions within the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, like many other jobs, have taken a hit with the latest budget news.  The option to extend USDA postdocs past their two-year appointments is no longer available—at least for now.  So, as I draw near the end of my second year, I...
Tags: Agriculture, CV, industry, postdoc, resume

Mandy Kendrick

08.08.2011 |    12,948 |   reply |
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As I finished typing up my Ph.D. dissertation in the spring of 2009, I began exploring non-academic job prospects.  My boyfriend and I had been dating for a couple of years and were looking forward to getting married and starting a life together—a life that included balance.  From my observations...
Tags: Academia, Agriculture, Government, grad school, postdoc, USDA

Mandy Kendrick

08.03.2011 |    10,984 |   reply |
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Last month, I attended the Postdoc Conference & Career Fair in Bethesda, Maryland.  There were many talks regarding the transition out of academia into technology transfer, communications, and industry.  Going into the day I was not enthused about attending the industry talks.  I just did not see myself as thriving...
Tags: career fair, communication, industry, LinkedIn, network, postdoc

Mandy Kendrick

06.22.2011 |    14,712 |   reply |
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“Mandy, I still remember the first time we got to know each other,” my friend said during a four-hour road trip a couple of weeks ago.  “We were riding a bus to New York City, and I really wanted to get to know you and to understand what you work...

Cynthia Lawley

06.17.2011 |    11,192 |   reply |
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I had a long conversation yesterday about the things I wish I knew straight out of graduate school with a friend who was struggling communicating with his boss.  He was caught up in needing to be right and feeling criticized in a way he perceived as unfair.  After our talk,...
Tags: communication, Skill Building, transitioning

Mandy Kendrick

05.20.2011 |    14,712 |   1 reply |
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Hey everyone!  I’m Mandy, a Missouri farm girl transplanted to the Washington D.C. metro area and a research scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Research Service.  I am excited and thankful for the opportunity to blog for Bio Careers about my work in agriculture. The summer after earning my Bachelor’s...
Tags: communication, Government, Research, Skill Building

Cynthia Lawley

05.16.2011 |    23,114 |   3 reply |
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I want to rebel against this statement, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.”  I have been noticing it lately, and it has gotten me thinking.  My sense is that this is a martyr¹s statement about self - sufficiency, the sentiment being lauded in a research environment. However,...
Tags: advice, Leadership, self-improvement, Skill Building

Cynthia Lawley

04.04.2011 |    18,912 |   5 reply |
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The end of the year and beginning of the next is always a very crazy time for me.  I have to admit that once I went a month without a blog it was so difficult to come back to it.  Inertia is a very powerful thing. Inertia is what I am...
Tags: advice, communication, self- improvement

Cynthia Lawley

12.01.2010 |    15,904 |   3 reply |
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I was listening to Freakonomics Radio a few days ago, and there was a story about "faking it." The premise was the following:  for the purpose of streamlining communication, "greasing the wheels" of social interaction, we all fake it.  We may imply we are more spiritual or religious than we truly are (especially when visiting...
Tags: Biopharma, Changing careers

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