Career Story by Jeffrey Harder, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow at The Jackson Laboratory
In 2006, I made a big career change. I left a great job, where I helped run a small business, to become a graduate student in biomedical research. In truth, the job had been a detour. After undergrad I was to be a research assistant in a biology lab. The summer before I started in the lab, I wrote custom software for a friend’s business. By summer’s end, I went all-in with the business. The job wasn’t for me and five years later I needed a career change. After this unusual start, I have really enjoyed my career in biomedical research. However, working outside of academia I learned a couple things about my work life that are important to my happiness and career development.