Exploring My Options



Choosing your career carefully

Believe it or not, but being a scientist leaves you with quite a few career choices in both science-related and unrelated fields. You do want to choose carefully, because moving back into a field that you previously left definitely has some challenges. However, in some cases, it can work to your advantage as well, since you will likely have acquired skills that are both valuable and rare, once you return. When I accepted a position as a scientific recruiter after I completed my postdoc, it was for a few different reasons. 



Hello again (back after some time away from blogging)

My name is Clement Weinberger, and I am a freelance medical writer. I retired as Director of Medical Communications in the Medical Affairs Department of a biopharma company about 6 years ago, and started a freelance business.  Of course, my professional life didn't start there. In this, and in forthcoming blogs, I'll tell you how, and why my career path led from postdoc to where I am now,  hoping that you will find some of my experiences both interesting and useful. 



Starting out in a Startup

Two words that can evoke either feelings of pure excitement or pure fear: Startup Company. Startups are common in the biotechnology world, as there are many brilliant scientists and business savvy people with innovative ideas and plans of how to implement them.



The path to quitting my PhD

It was summer of 2005, the beginning of a PhD program at the University of IL-Chicago. I was grateful for my Student Mentor, Aaron Place, as he taught me the ropes. I was comfortable. Then classes started and I couldn’t stay awake. A dark auditorium and 8am classes?! Doubts began. Will I survive a PhD?



Scientist or Businessperson??

My name is Hamilton Lenox, and welcome to my first blog on Bio Careers.  When I was first approached and asked to contribute to the site, I readily agreed, in the hopes that I could potentially offer some insights that will help others who are just starting their careers, or those looking for a career change, so that they may avoid some of the many mistakes that I personally have made over 15 years in the pharmaceutical / biotech industry.  



Alternative Careers, Away from the Bench

Ok, so the luster of the ivory tower has worn off. But you spent at least five years getting that degree, and maybe have struggled through your 4th and 5th post-doctoral positions. Now what? Is it time to rock it like a hobo, traveling across the U.S. in search of your next great adventure?  Is it time to pack it all in and open a bar instead? Something with kitchy happy hour cocktails like “Cold Fusion” or the hangover cure “Dihydrogen Monoxide?” Maybe, but you could also consider some of these other jobs. 



Top 10 Biotech Jobs (#10-7) – Positioning Yourself

Recently, Genetic Engineering News published a list of what they believe will be the top 10 biotech jobs most in demand over the next decade. For those looking for moving beyond the bench, starting their science career, or just looking for a change, the list proposes where the likeliest landing spots are located. I’ve provided a little taste of what such positions do, so that you can do an initial assessment on whether it might be of interest.#10 – Epidemiologist



Listening to your inner-self to find your professional calling

Have you ever wondered what you would’ve done if you hadn’t gone into science and gotten a PhD? When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a vet or an interior designer. More recently, I wondered if I’d have made a good urban planner or human resources manager! Over the past year, I’ve been pondering my next career move and, while I always planned to go back to industry after my postdoc, lately I’ve been considering whether I could steer myself in a new direction.



US Diversity Visa Lottery – An Easy Green Card, But One That Requires Careful Reading and a Bit of Luck

Even foreign nationals with hard science or advanced degrees can vouch that obtaining a US nonimmigrant working visa and legal permanent residence, also known as the green card, is getting harder and harder. Most foreign nationals who wish to live and work in the US must have either an employer who will petition them, or a close relative who is already a US citizen or legal permanent resident. 



Business Planning for a Freelance Career

This month, I thought I’d share with you some of the administrative things I’ve had to learn and complete when it comes to starting my freelance science writing business.