Advice for Scientists

Bio Careers


It’s OK to be Selfish!

I have a Type A personality (with a capital A), and so, when I face a big decision, I like to consider all aspects, both good and bad, prior to making it. When it comes to my career, part of that process has included talking to others with expertise or experience in the areas I am considering. Howev...



Cultural Fit: Are You Out of Place @ Your Work Place?

Another blind date.  It started with a call from a recruiter.  One of my former employers gave me name to colleague who was looking for a department head with women’s health experience.  And like (at least, how I imagine to be),  we started the engagement wi...



Increasing your Professional Perception

Ever since I moved away from the bench, I have been reading new books to provide me with tips and tools for my new “Administrator” role.  I have also met with a professionalism coach.  Occasionally, the tips I have heard or seen don’t appear to be pertinent to me.  However, afte...


Planning my career Part II

This is my second installment in 2013 on this site – for a brief introduction and background, please see my initial entry. 

Lauren Celano


“How to develop opening lines” Networking Advice

For many, starting a conversation with someone new at a networking event causes much anxiety. People worry about what to say, how the person will respond, and/or what to do if the person is not interested in talking. Below are a few suggestions to remove the anxiety and enable seamless conversations...



Better the devil you know than the devil you don't

Even though jobs, relationships, and cities make you unhappy or uncomfortable, you stay in them because of loss aversion. Loss aversion keeps you where you are, because the fear of losing what you have is greater than the reward associated with pursuing what you want. Don’t worry– we all do it.&...



The Relevance of Graduate Education

Do you think that the majority of graduate education programs today are providing relevant education and training to their students in relation to the jobs that graduates are actually obtaining? 



How to Stay on Top?

You got into science because you are passionate about understanding how things work or maybe because the white lab coat is totally your style. And so you went to grad school, chose a lab and started working on your super-exciting-this-is-going-to-be-a-Cell-paper project. Then, you get sucked in with...


Thomas Patrick

Just Say No

Hello everyone! This can be a hot topic, so understand that the opinions I am about to lay out are mine and mine alone. I don’t speak for the Five O’Clock Club on this, nor do I speak for Bio Careers. At a recent conference for career professionals where I was teaching a workshop, I wa...



How to Give an Effective Talk

We’ve all been there, sitting through yet another B-O-R-I-N-G seminar that you decided to attend because the title sounded so interesting, your boss told you to go or, let’s be honest, there was free food involved.