Informational interviews: Four ways to transform weak ties into a strong network

Early on in my graduate career, I did a few informational interviews to learn more about different career options. I also helped design a “protocol” for conducting informational interviews, which we published at Science Careers (check it out for sample emails and lists of questions).  … Read more

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Establish an official postdoctoral association in five easy steps

Transitions to new career stages are always critical steps in one’s life. Whether you are moving on to be an undergraduate, graduate student, or postdoc, it is always comforting to have a group of people you can identify with. Joining a postdoctoral association (PDA) at  … Read more

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You’re not alone: postdoctoral associations as a way to create a supportive network

The world “postdoc” simply means “after doctorate,” which does not define the job, but rather simply states that one got a PhD. For me, it is like being a frog in the tadpole with legs stage: I don’t look like a tadpole anymore, but I  … Read more

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Five ways to make the most of your conference experience

Attending conferences is one of the most important parts of being a scientist. You get to connect with other researchers from all over the world and share your work with them, gaining precious feedback and hopefully returning home full of new ideas. It’s a chance  … Read more

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Volunteering in your scientific society: six lessons from a COMPASS alum

Compared with all other ASCB committees, membership in the Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) fluctuates with a fast tempo, since students graduate and postdocs are not permanent positions. Since its formation in 2013, COMPASS has already “graduated” 23 alumni – some of whom were  … Read more

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Networking through LinkedIn and in Person: Tips on Getting Started

Most of us have heard some version of the age old adage “it’s not always what you know, it’s who you know.” In today’s competitive scientific climate, this saying couldn’t be more true. As a graduate student, I knew how critical networking would be to  … Read more

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Networking

Who should network? You should only network if you’re interested in a new job. Oh, and if you’re interested in finding out about exciting new science. And, if you want to share your science. Also if you want to talk to people with a wealth  … Read more

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DIY career guidance: Tips and tricks on organizing a career seminar series

During your graduate education, you acquired many intangible skills, such as grant writing, scientific presentation, critical thinking, and experimental troubleshooting. Armed with all these skills and with a brand-new PhD in your pocket, you excitedly start a postdoc, an elusive training position in which you  … Read more

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Social and Outreach Events at the 2014 ASCB/IFCB Meeting

The 2014 ASCB/IFCB meeting is the place to expand your scientific knowledge, present your research, and explore career options. Additionally, the meeting is a great place to meet scientists from all walks of life. The Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) Social and Outreach subcommittees  … Read more

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How to Prepare for and Take Advantage of the Upcoming Conference Season

ASCB PhotoAn academic year is over, and a new one has begun. For us in the lab, it may seem like nothing has changed as our daily load of experiments continues. But the way I see it, a new academic year ushers in new conferences  … Read more

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