Career Paths



What's Your Side Hustle?

There are two kinds of people in the world: people who think the world can be divided into two kinds of people, and those who don't. However, I rather like the metaphor of "foxes" versus "hedgehogs." It was coined by the ancient Greek playwright Archilochus, but it's famous thanks to an essay by Isa...



A Strategic Postdoc to Help Propel Your Career

Are you unsure of whether to pursue a first or second postdoc? If so, be strategic in choosing your next training opportunity. The most important factor in choosing a postdoc is finding a PI who will support your career aspirations and training. Unfortunately, many scientists choose a postdoc bas...



When Your Advisor Is Not Advising-What Options Do You Have?

As life scientists, you likely know some bad advisors. What options are there if your advisor is just not helping you reach your goals? This post will discuss a few ways that your advisor may be damaging your career, and will offer suggestions that might help you or someone you know. But first,...



Transitioning from Academia to Industry

When I worked as a recruiter, I noticed something quite interesting. I had a lot of candidates who were in academia trying to break into industry and, as many of you may know, making that transition can be very difficult. The interesting part was that I had a handful of candidates that were differen...


Shu Chin

Careers in different fields: a personal prospective: part 2, government

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this blog are those of myself exclusively, and does not reflect or represent the current views and thinking of the FDA. I have heard of a few versions of the acronym for the FDA, including the Federal Drugs Administration and Federal Drugs Association, ...



Writing Tests May Be Part of the Interview – Be Ready!

You’ve decided to become a medical writer. You’ve set up your LinkedIn profile, sent out countless resumes, and networked yourself to death. You finally land the interview and realize, wait for it - they actually want you to write something before they hire you! 



Career Advice for Interns and Early Career Researchers

To fulfill an assignment for school, high school students often enroll in internship programs. Undergrads seeking future career paths complete an internship or two. Graduate students enlist as interns to acquire skills and build their resume. In my case, an internship also ignited the curious and in...



The Importance of Scientists Taking Technology Commercialization Classes

As a graduate student or a postdoctoral research associate, we are so focused on getting the experiment done, or writing a publication-worthy research article, that we often forget that there is always a possibility that our experiments can be used as preliminary data to set-up a company. Yes, ...

Donna Kridelbaugh


Avoid creating a “mini-me”: Train now to become a good mentor

Mentors make a positive impact on youth’s lives, and research shows that “mentoring works.” A mentor can improve a student’s school attendance record, chance of going to college and attitude towards learning. 



Do What you Love, Love What You Do!

A few weeks ago, I went to a national conference for a new association which I am now a member of.  As usual, there was a “newbies” information session which introduces you to the association, their leadership, and hopefully other new individuals who are probably feeling as nervous as you a...