Changing Careers



Leaving the bench to advance public knowledge of current research

Given the current dismal job prospects in tenure-track science academia, it’s no wonder more science PhDs are exploring alternative career options. Although we were groomed to succeed our mentors in the academy, bench life isn’t for everyone. Some of us don’t have the passion for conducting th...



Hello again and lots of changes

Greetings dear readers. I apologize for the lengthy absence. Since we last met, I've switched jobs and states! And got married!! I know. Too many changes in such a short period of time. But all is well. And I'm happy to be back to share what I've learned, especially in the last few months. I would l...


25 Signs Your Job Is Killing You

You might joke about your job sucking the life out of you, but there’s actually truth behind the chuckles;  office life can be deadly. Sitting for hours upon hours, being exposed to fluorescent light, eating lunches out, and dealing with regular stress can take a major toll on your physical a...



Congrats but you are moving to the dark side…..

When the announcement came out, I knew there was no going back.  “I am pleased to announce that Marielena (Maty) Mata will be moving into a new development role in the Oncology Strategic Marketing group on July 1, 2012”.  It was a Friday afternoon and, though many of my colleagues were...


Thomas Patrick

My New Year’s Message to You

Hello everyone!The Chinese have a proverb that I really like, and given that it’s the start of 2013, I wanted to encourage you with it: “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago..the next best time is today” I think we all look back at our lives and say, “if only I had got...


Three Post-College Job Search Faux Pas You Should Never Commit

If you've recently graduated or are about to graduate with your advanced degree, chances are you're searching for a job. Ongoing media coverage of a tough economy and an even tougher job market can be extremely disheartening, but here's some good news to soak up: according to a report from the U.S. ...



Prescription Drug Crimes: True Lies

I want to do a small series on crime and punishment. I have mentioned before that I have a degree in Russian literature. I venture to say that most life science students have not thought about jobs working at the interface between the life sciences and the law.But there are a wide array of fascinati...



Prescription Drug Crimes: True Lies, Part II

Why am I so interested in prescription drug crimes? Well, a long, long time ago in a city far away across the San Francisco Bay, I worked as an undercover narcotics operative. For almost 2 years, I bought prescription drugs from unscrupulous, unprincipled pharmacies and health care practitioners. Th...



The job search – resources for the search part 2

In my previous entry, I talked about the resources I used during my job search and how, for me, sites like Bio Careers® and places targeted to my discipline (a branch of structural biology) yielded better results than all encompassing sites like Monster or Career Builder. 



The Responsibility of Employing Others

When I moved into my administrative role, one of the first things I needed to do was hire a teaching assistant for the summer.  It hadn’t occurred to me that I would play a significant role in the process as other than briefly meeting interviewees I had never previously been involved.  T...