Career Paths



Manage Yourself To Achieve Your Career Goals in Industry

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...



On the First Day in College, What Did You Think Your Future Job Would Be?

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 ...


Reineke Pohlhaus

Reading About Yourself is Weird

I’m sure many of you have written articles that have been published in journals.  That’s not weird – that’s what most of us strive for.  We are generally happy that our work is publicly acknowledged as meritorious research by our peers.



Scientific Applications Specialist: A Great Transition Job from Academia to Industry

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...



The Beginning of a Beautiful Network

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.  


Reineke Pohlhaus

What Can You Expect In Your First Three Months?

I’ve received a request from a reader to chat about the first three months of my job, so here it is.



Cursing and Creativity

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 ...



Networking, Networking, Networking

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...



Government Shutdown

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...



Understand what Employers look for

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...