Tag Archives: career trajectory

Why I stopped faking it

When I was in grad school I felt like I wasn’t good enough and at the same time that I deserved to have it all – perfect grades, grants, awards, fantastic publications, a great social life and a happy family. My … Continue reading

Posted in alternative career, biotech, bosses, broken dreams, confidence, early career scientist, female scientist, graduate school, having it all, industry, job search, Leaving Academia, letting go, new job, no regrets, perfectionism, professional, strengths and weaknesses, trying to please others, uncertainty, vulnerability, women in science | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

To be or not to be the best (and do I care?)

I was having Hanukkah dinner – latkes, homemade applesauce, and local salmon – and chatting with an award-winning poet. She was describing her aborted quest to run an approximately 30 mile trail. The trail is locally famous and home to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | 3 Comments

The benefits of networking – thoughts on what that really means

For years, networking was a terrifying word to me. In the past, it meant going a mile out of my comfort zone to find the biggest bigwigs at a meeting or seminar and getting their attention somehow. And trying to … Continue reading

Posted in advice | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Working Through: Fertility issues in the workplace

My husband and I stopped trying not to get pregnant 6 years ago. About 3 years ago we started trying to get pregnant and just over a year and a half ago I had my first miscarriage. We found out … Continue reading

Posted in biotech, bosses, female scientist, gratitude | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

A woman scientist in love

I am not ashamed to admit it. I am head over heels. I am riding a high. I am optimistic it is going to work out. And guess what!? – it has been the OPPOSITE of distracting. Being in love … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

My (blank) lab alumni page

The other day, I was looking for the proper citation for a publication from my graduate lab. I’ve been working on a manuscript to be published in an educational journal. In the process, I had to resurrect some information from … Continue reading

Posted in alternative career, Leaving Academia | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

The Postdoc’s Guide to the Galaxy– NYC Edition

Today’s guest contributor is currently a postdoctoral fellow in New York City. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience, and her research interests include neuroanatomy and psychiatric disease.  ______________________________________________________________ This past Halloween, I was invited to a costume party at a … Continue reading

Advertisement

Posted in academia, Leaving Academia, NYC, postdoc | Tagged , | Comments Off on The Postdoc’s Guide to the Galaxy– NYC Edition

Why I Left Academia and Chose Biotech

I recently met a young undergrad. who wants to become a professor because she loves research and, “professors have great job security, flexible work schedules and can take summers off if they want to!” It made me totally uncomfortable, probably … Continue reading

Posted in academia, alternative career, biotech, graduate school, industry, pharma | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Decision point

I was 25 – three years out of art school, living in Brooklyn, doing odd jobs – when I found something that looked promising on craigslist. An art space down the street from my Bushwick apartment was looking for interns. … Continue reading

Posted in academia, alternative career, broken dreams, graduate school, postdoc, transitions, women in science | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

My (not at all straightforward) road to teaching

“Are you a teacher?” an earnest looking eighteen year old girl asked me questioningly. I stood before a group of average looking adolescent women in my brand new pencil skirt, jittery from my third cup of coffee that day. I … Continue reading

Posted in alternative career, job search, teaching, transitions | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments