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May 2018

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.