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Give It All You’ve Got

Give It All You’ve Got

News Article by Eric Schott, PhD, Principal Scientist, Head of Translational Research and Clinical Development at Solarea Bio, Inc. and UR Alumnus

My journey from graduate school to industry was not easy, but was completely worth the stress and effort because I landed my dream job and a great company. Had I decided that breaking into industry was too tough and that I should settle for something else, which would have been easy to do, I would have greatly delayed my career progression. In this news article, I’d like to share three pieces of advice that were crucial to my success: Do not be afraid to network; If something interests you or will with accelerate your career development, do it; and finally, Be persistent and engage your network for help. 

Scientists Are Storytellers - Or At Least They Should Be

Scientists Are Storytellers - Or At Least They Should Be

Career Story by Natalie Cain, Scientific Editor at Cell Reports

I didn’t always intend to be a scientist. As a kid, I was pretty certain I’d end up in a creative career - an artist, a writer, a photographer; something like that. Those plans changed after the recombinant DNA unit in freshman year biology. Once I held a pipette in my hand and saw bands on a gel, I immediately decided biology was awesome and all I wanted to do. What surprised me in the beginning, though, is that my scientific career has also allowed me to use my creative side.

From PhD to Data Science

From PhD to Data Science

Career Story By Aslihan Ambeskovic, PhD, Head of Cancer Bioinformatics and Research Project Manager 

Before I started my career as a data scientist, what I kept hearing was how it was the "sexiest job of the 21st century". I always thought using the word "sexy" for non-sexy entities just meant that everybody wanted it but nobody knew why. Once in the trenches it was easy to understand why being a data scientist was desirable by many and why almost every company that had an app/web presence needed one.

Sarah Goodwin: From Grad Student to Director and Executive Producer

Sarah Goodwin: From Grad Student to Director and Executive Producer

Sarah Goodwin joined iBiology as the Director in 2011. She has many roles at iBiology, including implementing the strategic vision, leading the team, overseeing video production, and growing the organization. Starting in 2018, her newest role is mom. 

A Secret Cloaked By Stereotype: Sales Is A Great Career

A Secret Cloaked By Stereotype: Sales Is A Great Career

Career Story by Alison Billroth-MacLurg, PhD, Scientific Sales Representative for STEMCELL Technologies

A career in sales has been one of the best choices I could have ever made for myself or my growing family, but oftentimes is overshadowed by a grimy stereotype that hinders people from applying. Whether it was while buying your next car or during an important experiment in the lab, we have all met that bad salesperson that enforces the stereotype: interrupting your day, putting their needs first, acting on enforced assumptions all with big green dollar signs in their irises. This stereotype was laced in warnings when I left six postdoc offers for the job: “it’s a waste of a PhD”, “money isn’t everything” or “I just don’t want you to regret your decision.” In the interest of this career story, freshen your caffeinated beverage, put the stereotype on the shelf next to the papers you have been meaning to read, and focus on a new concept: Scientific Sales is secretly a fantastic career. I'm going to tell you a few reasons why.