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Don’t Wait To Launch Your Health Science Startup

Posted by Guest Blogger on Aug 25, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Being an entrepreneur is difficult; it requires an immense amount of self-knowledge and an unwavering devotion to seeing your ideas become something tangible.  When you think of entrepreneurship in the 21st century, who do you think of?  Your mind is likely drawn to the Mark Zuckerbergs and Evan Spiegels of the world – individuals in their 20’s who’ve built multibillion dollar tech companies using only laptops and some server space.

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Topics: Career, Networking, Career Readiness

A Career in Grants: How To Become a Grant Professional

Posted by Guest Blogger on Aug 20, 2015 10:30:00 AM

This post was contributed by Jo Miller, founder and principal of J. Miller & Associates, Inc., a national grant consulting firm, and Smartegrants, a grant professional development firm

The path to a career as a Grant Professional has been a long and winding path for many in the field. The vast majority of grant professionals didn’t plan on becoming grant writers. When we asked others about how they became grant professionals, mid- to late-career grant professionals have similar stories about a time when their passion for an organization or a program and a funding opportunity coincided, and they stepped up to apply for a grant which lead to their new career path.  A part of the career path story for most established grant professionals is learning to succeed in grants through trial and error, through winning and losing funding, and by finding our individual niches within the field of grants.

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Topics: Career

Gaining Leadership Skills Volunteering at a Professional Organization

Posted by Guest Blogger on Aug 6, 2015 10:30:00 AM

The follow post was contributed by guest blogger Juliet Moncaster

Leadership skills are amongst the professional abilities we often hear that scientists should acquire during their PhD and postdoctoral training. Addgene executive director Joanne Kamens has written a 5-part blog on the topic:  http://blog.addgene.org/management-for-scientists-managing-vs-leading.

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Topics: Career, Career Readiness

IDP and your PI: A Roadmap for Career Planning and Personal Development

Posted by Mary Gearing on Jul 21, 2015 10:30:00 AM

As we get closer to the start of another academic year, graduate students and post-docs alike are wondering where the time has gone. Are we any closer to graduating, publishing that key paper, or figuring out a career path? Many trainees are developing Individual Development Plans (IDP's) through Science Careers’ myIDP tool. Using myIDP, you can identify suitable careers based on your current interests and skillset. With this information in hand, you can then formulate a plan to further develop your transferable skills and reach your career goals.     

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Topics: Career, Lab Tips, Career Readiness

6 Steps to Submitting a Resume That Gets Seen

Posted by Joanne Kamens on Jul 9, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Expanding your network of relationships early and often is the most effective tactic a scientist in training can adopt to ensure opportunities in the future. Studies show that the majority of job offers arise as a result of existing professional (and personal) relationships. However, most job seekers will and should apply for jobs posted online as one part of their job search. This is especially true of scientists seeking a first job after the academic bench. Utilizing existing relationships as part of the job application process can dramatically increase the chances of being seriously considered for an open position. 

Check out Joanne's Reddit AMA

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Topics: Career

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