Conversations with Scientists

Conversations with Scientists: Marketing Yourself

Mónica Ivelisse Feliú-Mójer's picture

During this conversation, panelists in a variety of careers shared practical advice on how you can effectively market yourself to be competitive for your next career move. Panelists also shared strategies for personal branding to help graduate students establish themselves as leaders or experts in their field.

Below is some reading material about marketing yourself and personal branding:

Conversations with Scientists: Funding & Fellowships

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During this conversation, panelists with experience obtaining grants, fellowships and other funds shared practical strategies to get funding from diverse sources (federal and state government, foundations, private industry, etc.), particularly graduate and postdoctoral fellowships. Panelists also provided general advice for successful fundraising in or outside academia, for example, making sure you have an organized, solid narrative; reading the call for proposals carefully; seeking feedback from mentors and peers; anticipating reviewer questions, etc.  

Conversations with Scientists: Careers in Industry

Mónica Ivelisse Feliú-Mójer's picture

The biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry offers diverse opportunities for PhDs in the life sciences. You can pursue careers in research and development (R&D), management, business, operations and manufacturing, among many others. But, how do you enter a career in industry? How does a PhD prepare you? What skills are important?

Conversations with Scientists: The Postdoc Transition

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A postdoctoral position is the expected next step for many graduate students. If you are interested in an academic career, then a postdoc is definitely a necessary rung on the ladder towards academia. Choosing the right postdoc will then be one of the most important decisions for your career and you will need to think about it carefully and with advance time before making the switch. If you are still not sure about your career goals, then a postdoc might afford you additional time to make a decision, but this can come at a cost of time and salary. For these reasons, it is important to inform yourself as soon as possible about what it means to do a postdoc and what to consider when searching for one.

Conversations with Scientists: Success in Academic Careers

Mónica Ivelisse Feliú-Mójer's picture

Not all academic jobs are created equal. Some focus primarily on research, some on teaching and many are a combination of both research and teaching. How does one decide which academic career to pursue? What are the perks and challenges of each?

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