Imagine a politician receiving hundreds of hand-written letters from his or her constituents all in support of a single goal—an increase in science funding. The impact of this could be remarkable.
When discussing the concerns of the modern biomedical workforce, the growing dissatisfaction of postdocs is invariably one of the first topics to come to mind. Many postdocs feel undervalued by the biological science community. I commonly hear postdocs lament that they are being taken for granted by their mentors and institutions. One oft-cited reason for this sentiment is the striking disparity in the salaries, benefits, and job protection of many postdocs when compared to graduate students and staff in similar academic environments. Now some postdocs are exploring the possibility that unions may help improve their situation.
If you're a graduate student who has been looking at job postings in industry, you've probably been surprised by many of the job descriptions. Most require 2-3 years of previous experience. How does a fresh PhD graduate, with no postdoctoral or previous industry experience, get a foot in the door?