I had to go into the lab at 4:30 AM for a few days during my first year of graduate school to collect cells at a critical time for a new type of experiment I was running. I hated getting out of bed the first morning but felt a sense of pride as I walked into the University building my lab was in. “I bet I’m the first one in my lab today” I thought to myself. Then I got a little more confident—I bet I’m the first one in the whole building! The elevator opened and the blinding lights [...]
Written by Dora Farkas, Ph.D., Founder of FinishYourThesis.com and creator of the Finish Your Thesis Program “I wished I never would have gone to grad school.” I just passed my qualifying exams and Jess, a student in her 6th year, and I were cleaning out the -80C freezer. I nearly dropped the box of dry ice filled with valuable samples on the floor. “What do you mean?” I asked. “You mean you don’t know what has been happening around here?” Jess said. I thought I was on top of all the grad school gossip but had no clue what she [...]
“Thank you for submitting your resume but the position has been filled.” This is the only response I received after several months of applying to PhD jobs online. I submitted dozens of resumes and only heard back that one time. It was embarrassing. At least I thought it was embarrassing. Years later I found out that only 5% of resumes submitted online ever receive a response, good or bad. Just 5%! I assumed I would always get a response after submitting my resume, even if it was negative. I also assumed that there were at most 20-30 other people applying [...]
What are you supposed to do when you send hundreds of résumés out and get nothing back but a few automated responses? This is the question I was trying to answer my last year of graduate school. I literally sent out hundreds of résumés. I posted my resume to Monster.com and waited for the tidal wave of industry job offers to roll in. Yeah…that didn’t happen. I polished up a generic résumé and uploaded it to dozens of industry job websites. I remember getting on Pfizer and Baxter’s websites, clicking the job opportunities tab, and seeing all the industry job openings. [...]
My first interview for an industry position happened during my last year of graduate school over a steak burrito. The owner of the company cancelled on me 4 times and then called me late one night and told me to meet him for lunch. He asked me a few questions then gave me the job. This wasn’t what I expected. I thought that I’d be flown out to the company headquarters for a couple of days, give a chalk talk with people in blue and grey suits and then be given a formal offer that, in my mind, resembled an international treaty [...]
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