What is the biggest piece of advice you would give to young scientists to increase their chances of getting a job in today’s job market?

There is only one universal answer: Plan seriously for your Plan B. It’s as simple as that. Not planning for the (very likely chance) that you may not end up with a faculty track career in academia today is like buying a home by a lake that is known to flood more and more every

“I’m a Scientist”: Advice on Changing Careers

By Laura Mariani, Ph.D. Dr. Mariani moved from mice and brains in the lab to identifying the next generation of academic and institutional leaders. Check out one of our very own Advisor's career transition wisdom from the real world. ======================== “I’m a scientist.” It’s a title that packs a punch. In summer blockbusters, there’s guaranteed

Breaking Up with Academia

It takes time to change your mindset. If you're a PhD grad student or postdoc, and this is the first time you're really thinking hard about a future that doesn’t involve an academic career, you're not going to rewrite your dreams tomorrow. You won’t get past all of your concerns in a week. It was probably

What’s the timeline for shifting from academia to industry?

What should you be thinking about, depending on what stage of your research training that you're in?  Let's take a look! Best Case Scenario Early in your PhD career, yrs 2–4 Get to know, or explore some organizations or groups doing something you find interesting (non research related) and contribute in a tangible way.  If

Should I get a PhD if I’m Not Sure I Want an Academic Job?

Here's the thing: a degree is not a career. We get that rude awakening at different stages of our scientific training, but that no matter when you realize this, it can come as something of a shock. You mean my PhD doesn't automatically get me in the running for a great career?  In fact, it

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How can I position myself for working in biotech or startups while in the lab?

As someone who entered a biotechnology startup out of grad school and have coached and interviewed PhDs for different positions within and outside startups, it's clear to me that scientists can thrive in the breakneck, uncertain environment of startup companies. Since science can be frustrating, ambiguous and in need of independent thinking and execution, academic

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The Lab Notebook Comic – Science vs Science Writing

Here are some of my favorite observations about the realities of science and science writing! Science Writing Science Meaning De-jargonized Best stories are right in front of you Sometimes negative results are positive results Learn to make anything sound important and you are set for life Counterintuitive news gets the most attention Counterintuitive results get

PhDs vs Imposter Syndrome – Looking at the Big Picture

One of the biggest problems I know that PhDs have when thinking about taking the leap into a new job, whether directly from academia or from an existing “real world” position, is: What if I’m not happy? What if it’s the wrong decision? What if I hate the work? "The constant fears and

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Should I continue to pursue my PhD? I need help.

A quora user who had went to the trouble of applying for PhD programs realized upon visiting the campuses that they actually may not want to pursue research as a career anymore. Although they had thought they wanted to be a professor, actually talking to the graduate students put new doubts in their mind.  They wondered if

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