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Conversations with Scientists: Non-Research Careers

Giovanna Guerrero-Medina's picture

Your training as a scientist gives you a lot of skills that can be applied to many other sectors. Many life sciences PhDs find fulfilling employment in jobs as varied as science policy, consulting, publishing, law, funding, etc. But how do you make the transition from academia to a new sector? How can you sell the skills you gained as a PhD to work in positions where laboratory research is not involved?

During this Yale Ciencia Academy for Career Development (YCA) Conversation with Scientists, graduate fellows in the program spoke with three scientists who have pursued careers away from the bench. Our speakers included,

Conversations with Scientists: The Postdoc Transition

Giovanna Guerrero-Medina's picture

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.

My time at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Meeting 2016 YCA

Juan Víctor Concepción Cardona's picture
On the Yale Ciencia Academy program 2016 a group of hispanic students were invited to participate at the American Association for the Advancement of Science on Washington, DC. This is my reaction from the moment when I received the invitation e-mail of acceptance to YCA and the week spent at the AAAS meetings and conferences.

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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