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Careers Away From the Bench

On June 4, 2009, we held two events in the Seattle area. In the morning, we presented Planning Your Next Steps: Thinking about Careers Away from Research and Your Job Search to postdocs at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. In the afternoon, we presented Careers Away from the Bench to the Careers in Chemistry Seminar at the University of Washington.

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Planning Your Next Steps: Thinking about Careers Away from Research and Your Job Search

This workshop combined two important topics: career opportunities for scientists beyond bench research and creative job searching. Could you be missing out on an exciting and rewarding career outside of academic or industrial research? Increasingly, Ph.D.-level scientists are becoming aware of other career opportunities beyond bench research. This workshop considered what a career path in these so-called "nontraditional" areas might look like. We discussed the types of alternative careers available, parlaying your current skills and values into a new area, ways to research career options, and developing needed skills. Once youve figured out what you want to do, youll need to find a job. So, we also talked about the importance of networking, marketing yourself properly, and other ways to get a leg up on the competition when applying for nonacademic jobs.

Careers Away from the Bench

Could you be missing out on an exciting and rewarding career outside of academic or industrial research? Increasingly, Ph.D.-level scientists are becoming aware of other career opportunities beyond bench research. This workshop considered what a career path in these so-called "nontraditional" areas might look like. We discussed the types of alternative careers available, parlaying your current skills and values into a new area, ways to research career options, and developing needed skills.

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