I recently gave a talk to a group of undergraduate students about how to identify their goals and the importance of passion during that process. Although most of them agreed with me on the importance of being passionate, the reality is that most people have a hard time identifying what they are...
The term “imposter syndrome” was coined by a couple of clinical psychologists in the late 1970s. This is when high-achieving people have freak-out moments, and think that they’re going to be called out as frauds. I think PhDs coming out of academia often suffer from imposter syndrome.&nbs...
This month, I wanted to tackle a subject I get asked about constantly, and that is the subject of resumes. Normally the question comes in two forms:1) What's the best resume format?2) Is my resume any good?I make the distinction because while they concern the same subject, they are in fact diff...
Congratulations! You applied for and received an interview for a job at a pharma company. It means that the company has a genuine interest in you. Getting ready for an interview can be very difficult. It can especially be difficult for graduate students and postdocs looking g...
One of the most common questions I get from senior students is how to prepare for an interview.
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My challenge began around a ago, when my PI invited me to manage the lab, while at the same time, I was developing my post-doc projects. At first, I said no, but after considerable thought, I decided to accept the new task. Apart from the new routine, it also came with a lot of new responsibili...
Seven dwarves, seven deadly sins, seven Wonders of the World, seven consecutive post-doc positions if you stay in academia… Since seven seems to be a magical number, I stopped my list at seven. But there are so many archetypes to choose from! I’m going to talk about some of the archetypes I...
Let’s start with the basics or the minimal things we should do when preparing for an interview. First, it is important to practice and be prepared for as many general interview questions as you can possibly think. Although we might have a general idea of the questions we are going to be asked...
In my last post, I described seven types of difficult people I’ve encountered since leaving academia. Here, I’ll talk about how I deal with those people.In a previous role, I managed a staff of 15 people. While my staff was generally fantastic, I spent a lot of time addressing personnel issues. ...
Presenting your research well is critical to being a successful scientist. If you’re a good presenter, you’ll be able to get people excited about your research, which may lead to collaborations, funding, awards, and jobs. Now that you know how to prepare your presentation from my pre...