1. What is your current position?

Senior Medical Writer, AbbVie, Inc.

2. How far in advance of your planned starting date did you begin looking for jobs?

I began looking at my career options about a year before I accepted a position. The actual application process took about 4-6 months. I did not get very many people interested in my applications prior to my defense date. I was able to negotiate a short post-doc (4 months) in my thesis lab to give me time to find a job.

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Friday, 06 September 2013 08:49

Diana Sefic-Svara - Senior Imaging Technician

1. What is your current position?

Senior Imaging Technician

2. How far in advance of your planned starting date did you begin looking for jobs?

3 months

3. How did you learn about your current position?

www.jobs.ac.uk

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1. What is your current position?

PhD in the University of Siena in collaboration with Novartis V&D.

2. How far in advance of your planned starting date did you begin looking for jobs?

6 months in advance.

3. How did you learn about your current position?

Novartis career website.

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1. What is your current position?

Research Scientist for Battelle Memorial Institute.

2. How far in advance of your planned starting date did you begin looking for jobs?

2 years.

3. How did you learn about your current position?

Through a job posting and a friend from graduate school.

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1. What is your current position?

Director of Research Development and Innovation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

2. How did you learn about your current position?

Online posting

3. What was your work or educational background before you were hired?

Ph.D. in biochemistry, worked as an intern in a tech transfer office, then full time for 4 years

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1. What is your current position?

Assistant Director of Science in Society, Northwestern University

2. How far in advance of your planned starting date did you begin looking for jobs?

About a year

3. How did you learn about your current position?

My career story is really about creating your own opportunities because my position didn't exist until I pitched the idea to my current boss.

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Tuesday, 25 June 2013 13:48

Sinead Roberts- Audit Assistant at KPMG

1. What is your current position?

Audit Assistant, KPMG

2. How far in advance of your planned starting date did you begin looking for jobs?

13 months

3. How did you learn about your current position?

Research – when I decided to leave scientific research (I was doing a PhD before my current job), I made lists of what I did like about science research/ academia, what I didn't like, what I wanted from a job that I felt was missing in my current role and a list of things I wanted to avoid in a career. I came up with audit.

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1. What is your current position?

Press and Public Enquiries Officer at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)

2. How far in advance of your planned starting date did you begin looking for jobs?

Approximately 4 months before my PhD was due to end I started looking for jobs. I had two interviews; one for a publishing assistant position and one for a medical writer role. I decided to take the medical writer job and started there as soon as my research contract ended. However, after 3 months of being a medical writer I realised it wasn't for me so I began looking elsewhere and saw an advert about the press officer role at the HFEA.

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Friday, 06 September 2013 00:00

Jacob Corn- Scientist at Genentech

 1. What is your current position?

Scientist (group leader) at Genentech

2. How far in advance of your planned starting date did you begin looking for jobs?

1 year

3. How did you learn about your current position?

Former colleague already employed at Genentech

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