Skill Building


Thomas Patrick

Don't be your own worst enemy

Hello everyone! This month, I wanted to focus on something that “SHOULD” go without saying, but I see it enough that I am moved to make it my topic this time around. 



Soft Skills

One can argue that those of us who go into neuroscience do so because we're fascinated with our own neuroses. In fact, several folks have expressed just that to me specifically. So... I guess I should figure out what my neuroses are! My mother was a passionate, fiery individual, and my father is qui...



First year on the job: Making a good impression

It has been said that the first 90 days are particularly important in making a good impression on your manager.  The closer your skill set matches the job tasks, the easier this will be.  However, there are other things that you can do to get your new job off to a good start.



When transitioning from academia to pharma, academic scientists need their C.R.E.A.M!

Every day, young academic scientists are motivated to start careers in pharma.  A few years ago, I was one of them.  After working for over a year in pharma, I would like to share some of my thoughts about this transition.  In this post, I will discuss some helpful qualities that I co...



Ensure that your first job meets these two criteria

I often encounter two types of graduate students and postdocs who are on the job market. The first type is looking for the perfect job.  Students in this category want their first job to meet all of their career requirements such as responsibilities, salary, location, growth opportunities,...



Teaching: A Resource for Future Science Writers

If you’re having trouble finding a job or just looking to get some more experience, don’t be afraid to take a short-term position. While I was looking for a job in science writing, I also started looking for something temporary that I could do to beef up my resume (and bring in some money)....



Expert consulting—Deploying expertise where it’s needed

Hello Bio Careers community!To introduce myself, my name is Dave Galgoczy. I work in a few roles, such as an independent technology consultant with startup industrial biotech companies, and as an expert consultant for financial firms. Consulting fits my skills, interests, and need for variety, and a...



What You Can Do Now To Prepare For Medical Writing Career

To become a competent and successful medical writer, there are skills you must acquire. If you are a life scientist, you likely have some of these under your belt. This includes an in-depth knowledge of science and research. This background is vital in industry, where you are expected to combin...



What's Your Side Hustle?

There are two kinds of people in the world: people who think the world can be divided into two kinds of people, and those who don't. However, I rather like the metaphor of "foxes" versus "hedgehogs." It was coined by the ancient Greek playwright Archilochus, but it's famous thanks to an essay by Isa...



The Skills Great Leaders use to Successfully Navigate Change

Leaders are constantly navigating decisions and actions that are critical to the well-being of a project, situation, and/or organization. The importance of these decisions and actions becomes even greater when significant change is occurring, or must occur. In addition, the way in which leaders navi...