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A Quick Guide to a Career in Software Product Management

Posted by Guest Blogger on Nov 24, 2020 9:15:00 AM

This post was contributed by guest blogger, Rachel Rubinstein, a field-based software product manager at Oxford Nanopore Technologies.

If the first thing you hear when someone says they’re a software product manager is “project manager,” you’re not alone. A few years ago when I started my career transition from bench science to software product management, I confess that I had no idea what software product management was either. Coming from a strong background of undergraduate research straight to a lab career at a biotech company, I always assumed I’d work one or two years at the company and then go to grad school.

However, about a year and a half into my role, I realized that actually, I didn’t want to go to grad school. But, I didn’t know what else to do. Fortunately, the head of software product management at my company was open to meeting with me and explaining more of her role, which eventually led me to transfer to her team and begin my product management (PM) career. Had I known about product management earlier on in my career, I’d have realized it was a great fit for my skillset and interests. As such, I want to be able to share more about this nontraditional career path for others who love science, but realize that the bench isn’t where they will be happiest.

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Topics: Science Careers, Science Career Options

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

Finding Your Science Policy Path

Posted by Guest Blogger on Sep 22, 2020 9:15:00 AM

This post was contributed by Steph Guerra, a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Veterans Health Administration.

“But, seriously, what even is science policy?” 

I have been asked this many times throughout my short science policy career and this seemingly simple question is a moving target. There are a multitude of options for achieving success in a science policy career with many opportunities to pivot and grow along the way. That’s what makes it so wonderful.

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Topics: Science Careers, Science Career Options

How to Prepare for an Industry Interview

Posted by Beth Kenkel on Jul 9, 2020 9:15:00 AM

Congratulations, you’ve just landed an interview for an industry job! You’ve worked hard to earn this opportunity and are excited for this next step. But wait, now you feel a little panicked. You’ve never had an industry interview before. What should you do to get ready for this interview?

Maybe the above scenario sounds familiar to you. It was my experience not long ago. I just recently started working in the pharmaceuticals industry after earning my Master’s in 2016 and then working four more years in academia. During my job hunt, I quickly noticed one of the biggest differences between applying for an academic position versus an industry position is the on-site interviewing process.

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Topics: Science Careers, Applying for Jobs, Early Career Researcher

Virtual Science Conference Coming Up? Three Addgenies Share Their Experience

Posted by Jennifer Tsang on Jun 30, 2020 9:15:00 AM

As with many aspects of our lives that have gone virtual, scientific conferences have followed suit. Two Addgenies, Susanna Bachle and Yijun Zhang, recently attended virtual conferences (TAGC and ASGCT, respectively) and Addgenie Angela Abitua hosted a virtual Reproducibility for Everyone workshop at TAGC with the three other organizers. We asked them about their experiences as they navigate the new norm in scientific conferences.

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Topics: Science Careers, Conferences

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