What have you done for yourself lately? This is not a question about getting a massage or spending a weekend relaxing in the country. It is a question to jolt you into paying attention to your own professional development. With so much thought and energy rightly focused on the global financial crisi...
5 pm, it’s about time to get ready to go home. What did I do today? A long but productive conference call in the morning with an oil field customer in Louisiana and two colleagues from the marketing department about the new product. Then, I participated in the big safety review session with ...
One of the most unsettling aspects of taking the plunge into industry careers is the fear of having to “give up” your science and everything you worked so hard for. I had those same fears when I finally decided to leave my position as a Principle Investigator in the NCI for my first job on...
Hello everyone. My name is Eduardo Perez and before I tell you a little bit about myself, I would like to thank Bio Careers for this opportunity. I look forward to interacting with many fellow members and hope to teach and learn valuable lessons through this blog.
The theme of this posting is ‘cursing and creativity.’ As you know, there is a tremendous amount of creativity needed in the sciences. Of course, professional practitioners can (and have gotten by for years) with minimal displays of creativity. This is true in any profession. But the real ...
Let’s face it, most scientists are not known for their social skills. We may be recognized for our brilliant minds, our resourcefulness in problem solving, and our obstinate dedication to lab work. Yet, rarely are scientists the life of the party. While I recognize that this is a...
During the last few months, I have heard postdoc fellows at the NIH discuss the financial realities of working in the government. The fiscal year started on October 1, 2010, and here we are, six months into the fiscal year still without a federal budget. “My project is on hold because we don’t k...
Recently I was contacted by a job recruiter about a position. They were looking for someone with an environmental catalysis background Masters or Ph.D. but they wanted someone with industrial experience that was not heavy on research and development. That struck me as somewhat odd becaus...