Job Search Advice


We’ve all heard that first impressions are critical, and the general consensus is that you have less than 30 seconds to make that impression.  Unfortunately, many of us with technical backgrounds don’t put enough thought into what we say in that 30 seconds.  As scientists and engineers we are trained […]

You have 30 seconds. Start with why.










I began my graduate school career much like many other physics majors I knew, thinking that I would follow the traditional career path through earning a PhD, a post-doc or two to build my research and publication portfolio, and ultimately securing the coveted position of a tenured professor. It wasn’t […]

Industry is a Great Place for a Scientist




Absolutely! “If you have a good science education then the world is your oyster, and you can do almost anything.” – Tanja Beshear, physicist working in industry ‘Turning Science into Things People Need,’ is a project exploring scientists who chose a career in industry instead of the ‘traditional’ academic path. […]

Can a Scientist Find a Rewarding Career in Industry?



Last week I spoke with Mary Ann Rafferty, a consultant who specializes in career management for bioscience professionals. Mary Ann has many years of experience as an executive in the bioscience industry and now heads a leadership development practice working with companies in the biotech sector. She has an excellent […]

Working in a company vs. working in a research lab