In 1925, Sinclair Lewis published Arrowsmith (a novel for which he later won a Pulitzer Prize), the story of a young medical researcher. Martin Arrowsmith, the protagonist, served as a role model for scores of medical students intent on devoting their lives to medical science. The portra...
I am sitting in an auditorium at Georgetown University attending a symposium on the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on scientific publications and continuing medical education. This is a decidedly hostile crowd. The crusaders are all here, including Arnold Relman, MD, professor ...
What consulting firms look for in a candidate: How to transition from your Ph.D./postdoc into consulting?
Consulting firms provide Ph.D. and post-doctoral fellows with a wonderful opportunity to apply their scientific, analytical, and problem solving skills to solve real world problems. Individuals hired as consultants obtain exposure to many different aspects of business which can greatly acceler...
If you read my previous post you know I’m a big fan of plans and being flexible about them too. As I see many trainees prioritizing another experiment over spending an hour to plan for their career, I thought of writing a post about how to create your plan instead of waitin...
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, t...
With the start of the fall semester at Penn, On-Campus Recruiting has also now swung into action. Various large firms come out here, giving informational talks (i.e. propaganda sessions) about their work and how to become one of the ‘elite’ who join them. The university also hosts a number of Ca...
A big thank you to all of you who participated in our second Virtual Job Summit in early April. You made it a big success! Our participating employers were pleased with the quality of the scientists they met.Thanks also to Coach Tom and Lauren Celano, who devoted their time to giving one...
For the past two months, Bio Careers members have been gearing up for the Spring 2012 Virtual Job Summit. As one of the most effective and creative resources Bio Careers provides, this biannual event brings together employers in academia, industry and other fields with life science postgraduate jobs...
One of the problems with last fall’s Job Summit that we heard back from you about was that some booths were terribly overcrowded, and it was hard to reach a recruiter even during their Office Hours.We heard you!For the Spring Summit, there will be a link at each booth to a sign up sheet. You...