This week’s guest post is from the Women in Science (WIS) group in the Integrative Biology department at UC Berkeley. At the beginning of this month, they had a panel discussion on everything you need to know about finishing, filing, etc. Below are the minutes from the panel, with useful advice for everyone.
Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Emilie Reas, who is currently a postdoc at UC San Diego. In her eloquent statement, she calls for all of us to rethink what a successful scientific career looks like.
The conference opened with a joint keynote given by Bill Lindstaedt and Liz Silva. While Lindstaedt talked, telling us a story about a postdoc’s career search process, Liz drew, making the story come to life with colors and images.
“I don’t know what jobs exist for someone like me” is a common sentiment among PhDs and postdocs at the beginning of their career searches. Held May 16th and 17th, the Beyond Academia conference of 2015 addressed this by bringing over 90 PhDs who work outside of academia to the UC Berkeley campus.
In my job search, I’ve noticed a lot of terminology that actually refers to things that exist in both the world of industry AND the world of academia. Just a difference in vocabulary, though, can get very confusing very quickly. I’ve also noticed that not knowing the vocabulary, even if you know the concept behind the term, can make people think you know less than you do. Below are a list of “translations” between terms …