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Interviewing for a job in the Pharma Industry - Preparation

Congratulations!  You applied for and received an interview for a job at a pharma company.  It means that the company has a genuine interest in you.  Getting ready for an interview can be very difficult.  It can especially be difficult for graduate students and postdocs looking g...

Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo


Preparing for an interview (Part 1): What to expect from the process?

One of the most common questions I get from senior students is how to prepare for an interview. 


Ramos da Silva

How to multi-task?

My challenge began around a ago, when my PI invited me to manage the lab, while at the same time, I was developing my post-doc projects. At first, I said no, but after considerable thought, I decided to accept the new task. Apart from the new routine, it also came with a lot of new responsibili...



The Seven Archetypes of Difficult Co-Workers, Part 1

Seven dwarves, seven deadly sins, seven Wonders of the World, seven consecutive post-doc positions if you stay in academia… Since seven seems to be a magical number, I stopped my list at seven. But there are so many archetypes to choose from! I’m going to talk about some of the archetypes I...

Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo


Preparing for an interview (Part 2): How prepared is being prepared?

Let’s start with the basics or the minimal things we should do when preparing for an interview. First, it is important to practice and be prepared for as many general interview questions as you can possibly think. Although we might have a general idea of the questions we are going to be asked...



The Seven Archetypes of Difficult Co-Workers, Part 2

In my last post, I described seven types of difficult people I’ve encountered since leaving academia. Here, I’ll talk about how I deal with those people.In a previous role, I managed a staff of 15 people. While my staff was generally fantastic, I spent a lot of time addressing personnel issues. ...


Robert Cory

Giving Your Research Presentation

Presenting your research well is critical to being a successful scientist.  If you’re a good presenter, you’ll be able to get people excited about your research, which may lead to collaborations, funding, awards, and jobs.  Now that you know how to prepare your presentation from my pre...



The Value of Professional Mentorship

I’ve been really fortunate my entire professional career. I’ve had mentors at every stage. The interesting thing is, my mentors weren’t actively sought. Each time, the relationship was organic, and only in retrospect have I realized that these people served the role of mentor, and that th...



Did I Just Waste All Those Years in Graduate School?!

I’ve asked myself this question a lot over the past couple of years.  I spent years in graduate school, focused on becoming an expert in a subject matter that I was passionate about…only to leave it behind as soon as my Ph.D. was in hand.  Did I just waste 8-1/2 years of my life?! &nbs...



Resume Writing Services

When I was nearing the end of my graduate degree, I visited the career center on campus.  Yes, the career center, which many PhD students don’t use.  I heard that there was a particular individual at the career center who had experience improving the resumes of PhD students.