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5 Uncommon Ways to Gain Career Skills During an Uncommon Time

Posted by Joanne Kamens on Oct 20, 2020 9:15:00 AM

Here we are seven months past a worldwide shift to work-from-home and just now realizing that we can’t bide our time and wait for it to be over to work on career skills development. Back in March, we posted these 25 great tips for scientists working at home, and you will still find this useful. Now that we’ve been doing this for almost 6 months, you may be looking for more ways to make sure you are moving forward. Here are a few out-of-the-box ideas that might jump start your learning.

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Topics: Science Careers, Professional Development

Fostering communication in remote collaborations

Posted by Aliyah Weinstein on Apr 21, 2020 9:14:28 AM

Science is a global endeavor, and that can often mean that scientists who live across the country or around the world from each other are collaborating on projects. When I was a graduate student, I led a collaborative project between my lab in Pennsylvania and a team in Paris, France. While efforts like these accelerate the progress of research, they can also present hurdles for the team of researchers involved. Communication is a major challenge when researchers are communicating across disciplines or doing different tasks. But these challenges can be exaggerated when communicating across time zones, digitally, and asynchronously. The best way to keep everyone on the same page is to make communication a non-negotiable part of your collaboration. Luckily, there are techniques and tools that helped make my experience run smoothly and can help other teams successfully overcome these challenges, too.

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Topics: Science Careers, Professional Development

25 Work From Home Tips for Scientists

Posted by Jennifer Tsang on Mar 19, 2020 9:15:00 AM

Are you a grad student, postdoc, or bench scientist who began working remotely recently? Most of us at Addgene began working from home last week to flatten the curve, but working remotely can be more difficult if your work is based in the lab.

If you’re unsure what to do during this period, check out these tips and resources collated by Addgenies to help you keep calm and science on.

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Topics: Science Careers, Professional Development

Transferable Skills Guide: Cross-team Communication

Posted by Eric J. Perkins on Nov 21, 2019 8:53:16 AM

In 2016, I was put in charge of the biggest project I’d seen in my already long tenure at Addgene. I would work with our research team and software engineers to update our Lab Inventory Management System (LIMS) to accommodate our new viral services. After a month or so of meetings, I began to notice something: even though our scientists and engineers were attending the same meetings and hearing the same words, they were leaving these meetings with different interpretations of what we discussed and decided. I needed to a) figure out the sources of miscommunication and b) find practical solutions. 

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Topics: Science Careers, Professional Development

Download Addgene’s Science Career Guide, Plus 8 Career Tips from Addgenies

Posted by Jennifer Tsang on Feb 26, 2019 8:40:53 AM

Career and skills development can happen anywhere, whether you realize it or not. In the lab, you could be managing a team, planning meetings, and finding the best way to organize your time. At a conference, you could be honing your science communications skills and networking. And on social media, you could be sharing your research or finding opportunities to bring science to the community. 

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Topics: Science Careers, Professional Development

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