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If you want to work in biotech, you have to get work experience. But, how do you find it? One way to find work experience is to do an internship. When do I look? If you’re a college student, and you’re planning to wait until spring to apply for a summer internship, you’re waiting too…

If all the information you had about scientific careers came from newspapers or TV, it would be easy to think that everyone who works in life sciences / biotechnology is either a Ph.D. scientist, post-doc, or graduate student.  In reality, the life sciences are more like an iceberg.  The public sees the people at the…

Disclaimers – just so you know… This information is cross-posted at www.bio-link.org All the data and graphs in this post were obtained from Simplyhired.com.  I do not have any kind of commercial affiliation with this company I found their site via GenomeWeb. Having worked around biotechnology for several years, I thought I was pretty familiar…

When I was a post-doc, I spent a few months seriously thinking about changing careers and teaching high school. I might have followed through on that plan, too, but I didn’t know how to pay for it. Today, if you have a background in science, technology, math, or engineering, you can retrain to become a…

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet” – Juliet, from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare I realized from the comments on my previous post and from Mike’s post that more explanations were in order. It seems we have two topics – why do…

What do you call a biologist who uses bioinformatics tools to do research, but doesn’t program? You don’t know? Neither does anyone else.

I’ve just returned from two conferences that focused on educating students for careers in science and technology and what do I find here at the home fort? There’s Chad writing a very nice series on science careers! I was a little puzzled by PNAS acryonym in his titles since to me, PNAS stands for “Proceedings…

A friend of mine; serial entrepreneur, and former president of Genetic Systems; Joe Ashley, told me once that starting a business is an unnatural act. Now that I’ve done it, I agree. Even with my multiple back-up plans, possible grants, and part-time activities, my stomach still hurts and my mind is racing. My new company…

My husband brought this fantastic book home from the ASHG* that I think many of you will find interesting. The book is: Making the Right Moves A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty, published in 2006 by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. You can download the…

The first lab mouse I touched had soft white fur and a light pink tail. It looked cute enough to snuggle and take home as a pet and I was smitten. I slipped my hand into the cage, thinking the mouse would respond like my pet gerbils or my brother’s pet rat. As my hand…