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?

Friday, 30 May 2014 07:33

Do you have a sponsor?

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As I sat in the middle of the room during another career advancement seminar for graduate students, the speaker posed a question that led me to believe that this seminar was going to be different.

Friday, 23 May 2014 08:10

Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

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Imagine this: The lights are dimmed, your first slide is up on the screen behind you, and you've just stood up to speak at your lab meeting, at a department seminar, or at a conference full of the leaders in your field. Can you give your presentation with confidence? Or does your heart pound and your hands sweat just imagining it?