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The Value of Professional Mentorship

I’ve been really fortunate my entire professional career. I’ve had mentors at every stage. The interesting thing is, my mentors weren’t actively sought. Each time, the relationship was organic, and only in retrospect have I realized that these people served the role of mentor, and that th...



Did I Just Waste All Those Years in Graduate School?!

I’ve asked myself this question a lot over the past couple of years.  I spent years in graduate school, focused on becoming an expert in a subject matter that I was passionate about…only to leave it behind as soon as my Ph.D. was in hand.  Did I just waste 8-1/2 years of my life?! &nbs...



Resume Writing Services

When I was nearing the end of my graduate degree, I visited the career center on campus.  Yes, the career center, which many PhD students don’t use.  I heard that there was a particular individual at the career center who had experience improving the resumes of PhD students.  



Searching for our career north: The Process- Step 1: The Actions

After we have made an honest assessment of what our values are and how our choices aligns with our values, we can think about how we should go about this change.  It is important that this is personalized because this is your path.  Then we can take inventory of where we are and where we w...


Robert Cory

Preparing Your Research Presentation

Research presentations are a vital part of science.  Your preparation process for an oral presentation will depend on how experienced you are and how well you understand your research, however, here is a tried and true method that can work for you at any level.



Job-Hunting: Riding the Emotional Roller Coaster

Looking for a position – even voluntarily – is stressful. If the job-hunt is discretionary, if you can stay where you are long-term and perhaps are simply bored, it’s comparatively less stressful. But even then, there’s something unsatisfying about where you are that’s making you look...

Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo


Networking, networking and more networking

If I ask you what is the single most important thing you can do to find a job or advance your career, what would be your answer? Some people might say get a college degree, others could say stay current within your field or maybe get trained in something that can complement your formal educatio...


Thomas Patrick

What do I really need to know?

Hello Everyone! This month I wanted to address the barrage of articles out there that have to do with “the top trends for job seekers in 2016”, or “things every job seeker should know” and the like. While you may find some useful nuggets amongst the clutter, the articles all seem t...



Planning a Career

In the third and final interview for my current position, my soon-to-be-boss (who happens to be the CEO and President of the Institute) asked me what my aspirations were. I told him that I didn’t have any. You read it right. I told my potential boss that I didn’t have professional aspiratio...



Writing an Application that is Meant to be Read

My team is hiring a bunch of open positions right now, so I am finally getting a sense for what it's like on the other side of the table.