Behind Every Successful Career is a Mentor

A mentor, an experienced and trusted advisor, is critical to creating a successful career, and most influential people will claim to have had the support of at least one mentor. However, as Hashem points out in a recent COMPASS post, mentorship, even for an academic  … Read more

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Behind Every Successful Career is a Mentor

A mentor, an experienced and trusted advisor, is critical to creating a successful career, and most influential people will claim to have had the support of at least one mentor. However, as Hashem points out in a recent COMPASS post, mentorship, even for an academic  … Read more

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Exploring “Alternative” Careers: Are universities doing enough to help?

“Alternative” careers. When did that become a phrase indicating a lack of commitment to a research career? If you want to pursue a non-academic career, why is it an “alternative” career? It’s a phrase commonly used by graduate students, postdocs, and faculty at universities across  … Read more

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A Continuous Cycle of Learning and Mentorship

As my friend Rachel recently put it, the prevailing attitude when it comes to mentorship in science is along the lines of “no one trained me, so my trainees can figure it out by themselves,” with the implication that otherwise they are “not good enough  … Read more

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Postdocs Driving Change: The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Meeting 2015

Attendees of the 2015 National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) meeting at the University of Maryland in Baltimore noted something different compared with past meetings: an overwhelming number of postdocs attended.   This might sound strange for a postdoc conference. However, aside from postdocs, postdoctoral officers, deans  … Read more

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Career Options for Biomedical Scientists—A Book Review

As I wrap up my fifth year in graduate school, the topic of my “future plans” has begun to rear its ugly head with friends and family. Although I’ve wanted to go into science communication since I started my PhD, the need to start thinking  … 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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