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...
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...
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...
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...
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. ...
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...
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...
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.
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...
Hello everyone!There is one piece of conventional job search wisdom that I hear constantly that drives me crazy, especially when it comes from “job search professionals” who should know better.Specifically, I am talking about the conventional wisdom that says: in job search, “you gotta sell yo...