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February 17, 2006

Tooling Up: Worklife Crises and Scientific Career Stages, Part 2

During the first several years of their (independent) professional lives, scientists move past the uncomfortable transition into a stable and solid permanent position.

January 20, 2006

Tooling Up: Worklife Crises and Scientific Career Stages

November 18, 2005

Developing Resilience

Often as not, resilience ends up being the difference between success and failure.

September 16, 2005

Tooling Up: The Real Deal vs. Well-Oiled: Who Gets the Offer?

The preparation may be facilitated by a book, magazine article, or online career advice column, but the response itself isn't programmed. It is the result of a serious self-assessment and the advance knowledge of what typically happens in an interview.

July 29, 2005

Training and Transitions

Despite a smattering of specialized coursework, company and university officials admit that the traditional science degree isn't focused on the skills that employers really look for.

May 20, 2005

Tooling Up: Managing Your Advisor

"You don't have to like or admire your boss, nor do you have to hate him. You do have to manage him, however, so that he becomes your resource for achievement, accomplishment, and personal success." –Peter Drucker

January 21, 2005

Tooling Up: An Ethical Conundrum?

Whether it's ethics or collegiality, decisions like this can have very real consequences, especially for people who are early in their careers and therefore vulnerable.

December 17, 2004

Tooling Up: Big Decision

Can you manage your way through a career in industry?

September 17, 2004

Tooling Up: Career Success Factors, Part 3: Creativity in the Job Search

The daily stimulation of the mind, which he likened in our meeting to "putting on the thinking cap," is both a pleasure and a necessary tool for personal growth.

July 16, 2004

Tooling Up: Career Success Factors, Part 2--Ten Habits of Successful Scientists

"The most successful people realize that counting on perfection at all times is impractical." --Michael Zigmond

June 18, 2004

Tooling Up: Career Success Factors, Part 1--Believability

Most of us have no idea how those on the receiving end make their decisions about our believability.

May 21, 2004

Tooling Up: Pick a Peck of Postdocs

Are you following the path of least resistance?

April 16, 2004

Raising the Start-up, Part 2: Finding and Joining the Club

Start-up company employers are fun and plentiful, but they're often hard to find.

March 19, 2004

Raising the Start-up: Growing Drug Discovery Careers on the Fast Track

"Our first few hires were people who could do a wide variety of tasks. It is invaluable to have team members who can roll up their sleeves and dig in to any task to get it done." --Jennie Mather

February 20, 2004

The Locus of Control: Five Reminders That You Are the Boss

"Our company's future is assured when people here take responsibility for their own success or failure."

January 23, 2004

Having a Life--And a Job Search Too!

"After feeding Danny and spending some quality time with him, the day is just about over."

December 19, 2003

The Times They Are A'Changin'

In R&D centers worldwide, molecular biologists are working with mechanical engineers. Physicists are engaged in problem-solving with their colleagues in chemistry and fluid engineering. Materials scientists and software engineers are huddled, working on common ground. ... Gradually, the
independence of the ivory tower is moving to the
interdependence seen most often in entrepreneurial companies.

November 21, 2003

Communication With Conviction

Today's workplace is entirely different from that of our parents. It poses a cross-cultural and cross-gender communication challenge, but there is much more potential for productivity.

October 17, 2003

Nineteen Ways to Get Lucky

"Attracting luck and coincidence to your side could make the difference between a painless, rewarding 3-month project and a year-long (or more) marathon!"

September 19, 2003

Networking, Part Two: More Networking Scenarios

Companies are asking their employees for leads on potential new employees, and sometimes they're even paying them for the trouble!