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Top 5 List of Transferable Job Skills Biotech & Biopharma Companies Look For In PhDs

Top 5 List of Transferable Job Skills Biotech & Biopharma Companies Look For In PhDs

By: Arunodoy Sur, PhD

Transferable job skills are essential for getting into any top industry position. The problem is most PhD students and postdocs do not fully understand what transferable skills are or how to develop them. More importantly, many of these PhDs are unaware of which transferable skills are sought after by biotech and pharma hiring managers and recruiters. Ignoring these skills can seriously hurt a PhDs chances of landing a job in the biotech or biopharma sector. A survey of major biotech and biopharma companies found that in spite of having the appropriate academic degree and academic qualifications overall, new graduates were hired for less than 15% of all available entry-level job opening. The employers polled in the survey stated that the primary reason for this was the graduates lack of transferable skills. In particular, the main skills these candidates lacked were teamwork, information management, problem-solving, communication and THIS one other skill...

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (September 27, 2015)

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (September 27, 2015)

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Every week we scour the internet to find the best industry transition articles for PhDs, so you don't have to. We have two consultants independently search for the most informative articles on networking, CVs/resumes, transferable skills, interviews, academic blues, and industry positions. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and for a top overall article each week. This week's best articles are here.

How Writing Your PhD Thesis Can Keep You From Getting Post Grad Job Opportunities

How Writing Your PhD Thesis Can Keep You From Getting Post Grad Job Opportunities

By: Dora Farkas, PhD

The idea that focusing solely on your thesis and publications will guarantee you a job in industry is a myth. This myth has kept many graduate students from exploring careers and networking with professionals during graduate school. If you put all of your focus on your research during graduate school and neglect to explore other careers or develop skills that are valued in industry, you will leave tens of thousands of dollars on the table. By reframing your graduate school experiences and challenges into learning opportunities, you can make the most out of graduate school and set yourself up to get an attractive job offer in industry. The key is to value networking, transferable skills, and the job search process itself above merely finishing your thesis and wrapping up your publications. Here's how.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (September 20, 2015)

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (September 20, 2015)

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Every week we scour the internet to find the best industry transition articles for PhDs, so you don't have to. We have two consultants independently search for the most informative articles on networking, CVs/resumes, transferable skills, interviews, academic blues, and industry positions. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and for a top overall article each week. This week's best articles are here.

7 Tips To Help Women Scientists Overcome Impostor Syndrome And Transition Into Industry

7 Tips To Help Women Scientists Overcome Impostor Syndrome And Transition Into Industry

By: Catherine Sorbara, PhD

If you’re a woman and have a PhD or are on your way to having one, the future is yours. The only thing that can hold you back is yourself. The first step to transitioning into industry as a female researcher is knowing your worth and refusing to feel like an impostor. The second step is knowing what you’re up against. The odds may be against you but you can still transition into the non-academic career of your choice by asking the difficult questions and finding a supportive network. By wearing many hats, refusing to apologize for the fact that you’re a woman, and celebrating even the smallest victories—you will be successful. Women scientists are desperately needed in industry, but you have to step up and seize the position you want. Here's how.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (September 13, 2015)

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (September 13, 2015)

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Every week we scour the internet to find the best industry transition articles for PhDs, so you don't have to. We have two consultants independently search for the most informative articles on networking, CVs/resumes, transferable skills, interviews, academic blues, and industry positions. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and for a top overall article each week. This week's best articles are here.

What To Do When The Principal Investigator In Your Scientific Research Lab Doesn't Like You

What To Do When The Principal Investigator In Your Scientific Research Lab Doesn't Like You

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

There’s nothing better than a positive principal investigator who inspires and trains you to be a better scientist. At the same time, there’s nothing worse than an abusive investigator who refuses to support your career. If your academic advisor is mistreating you, don’t sit there and do nothing. Don’t keep giving away more and more of your rights and self-respect until you have nothing left. Instead, start setting strong boundaries for yourself and your career. Speak up about what’s happening and begin making plans for your future. Know your rights and know what’s expected of both you and your advisor. By taking the right steps, you can protect yourself and your career from any kind of abuse. Here are 7 steps to take when your academic advisors starts working against.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (September 6, 2015)

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (September 6, 2015)

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Every week we scour the internet to find the best industry transition articles for PhDs, so you don't have to. We have two consultants independently search for the most informative articles on networking, CVs/resumes, transferable skills, interviews, academic blues, and industry positions. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and for a top overall article each week. This week's best articles are here.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (August 30, 2015)

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (August 30, 2015)

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Every week we scour the internet to find the best industry transition articles for PhDs, so you don't have to. We have two consultants independently search for the most informative articles on networking, CVs/resumes, transferable skills, interviews, academic blues, and industry positions. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and for a top overall article each week. This week's best articles are here.

7 Things Expert Networkers Never Do When Getting Job Referrals At PhD Networking Events

7 Things Expert Networkers Never Do When Getting Job Referrals At PhD Networking Events

By: Catherine Sorbara, PhD

When it comes to getting an industry job, your network is more valuable than your PhD. Too many PhDs completely ignore the development of their interpersonal skills. As a result, these PhDs act atrociously at networking events. Instead of building strong connections, they repel and annoy industry professionals. These rude PhDS talk incessantly about themselves, interrupt others, talk in condescending tones, and come off as awkward, insecure, and disrespectful. If you ever want a job in industry, you must start networking as if you are already a successful industry professional. You must stop misbehaving at networking events. Here are 7 things successful industry PhDs never do at networking events.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (August 23, 2015)

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (August 23, 2015)

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Every week we scour the internet to find the best industry transition articles for PhDs, so you don't have to. We have two consultants independently search for the most informative articles on networking, CVs/resumes, transferable skills, interviews, academic blues, and industry positions. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and for a top overall article each week. This week's best articles are here.

Top 7 List Of Ways PhDs Can Develop Transferable Job Skills While Working In The Lab

Top 7 List Of Ways PhDs Can Develop Transferable Job Skills While Working In The Lab

By: Arunodoy Sur, PhD

Technical skills are not enough to get you hired in industry. You need additional, transferable skills to get hired. You need to develop knowledge and expertise beyond scientific research to set yourself apart from the competition. Most PhDs fail to develop the transferable skills they need to get an industry job. Instead, they make excuses like being too busy in the lab or being under too much pressure from their academic advisor. The truth is there are many ways to learn and nurture transferable skills while still in the lab. The key is that these skills are best learned first-hand, not by reading books. If you want a job in industry, you must find time to engage in activities that will help you identify and leverage the non-academic skills you need quickly. Here are 7 ways to develop transferable skills for industry while still working in the lab.

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