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10 Things I Didn’t Put in My Medical Writer Resume

Preparing an effective resume is very important when you apply for jobs. Each one has to really get at what the recruiters or your future coworkers and managers are looking for. But that doesn’t mean you throw everything at the wall to see what sticks. There are definitely some things that you’d most likely want to leave out of your resume – obvious, and not … Continue reading 10 Things I Didn’t Put in My Medical Writer Resume

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6 Things I Did Right in My Industry Job Search

A few weeks ago, I published a blog post, 6 Things I Did Wrong in My Industry Job Search, and it was super popular. In that post, I promised I’d be back with a “Things I Did Right” version, and here it is. Context: I’m a remote medical writer in the U.S., and I have a Ph.D. in neuroscience. For more context, check out my … Continue reading 6 Things I Did Right in My Industry Job Search

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The Top 3 Things That Helped Me Get My Remote Medical Writer Job

If I could go back, I’d tell myself that getting a job as a medical writer isn’t just “applying for a bunch of “medical writer” positions until something sticks”. I don’t know about you, but I like going into things with a plan. Whether that’s a day out, a vacation, or the laboratory experiments I used to do. I always have some semblance of a … Continue reading The Top 3 Things That Helped Me Get My Remote Medical Writer Job

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A Week in My Life as a Remote Medical Writer

Have you ever wondered what a medical writer does every day? Or what a typical week looks like for a medical writer? I’ve been at my company for about 5 months now, so I thought it’d be a pretty good time to write a post like this. Before I start describing what I did every day this week, I want you to look at this … Continue reading A Week in My Life as a Remote Medical Writer

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6 Things I Did Wrong in My Industry Job Search

I definitely didn’t have a perfect job search. Especially towards the beginning of it, I messed up on many things – many of which are listed below. Fixing them helped me increase my chances of success, so I hope they inspire you to take a look at your own job search strategies. Not to necessarily copy what I did or do exactly as I say, … Continue reading 6 Things I Did Wrong in My Industry Job Search

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Reflecting On 6 Months of Blogging

I started this blog, Life After My Ph.D., in mid-December, 2021. It’s now July 1st, 2022. So, I’ve been blogging for a little over 6 months now. Sharing my recent career and life journey has been SO fun and rewarding. I’ve loved my experience so far! How It All Started When I started my blog, I was going through a lot of changes, career-wise. Not … Continue reading Reflecting On 6 Months of Blogging

7 Things Academics Get Wrong About Industry Jobs

I recently Tweeted asking former academics that now work in industry/non-ac jobs to share the biggest myths about non-ac jobs that they’ve seen academics have, and want to debunk. I got some really fun comments and I thought I’d make a post describing them, adding my own take on each. These are just for fun, but if you have any insight you’d like to share … Continue reading 7 Things Academics Get Wrong About Industry Jobs

3 Things That Surprised Me About My Remote Medical Writer Job

When I was in grad school and my postdoc, I didn’t have a good sense of what medical writing entailed. I honestly thought it sounded kind of stuffy and mundane. I probably imagined a bunch of scientists sitting at computers typing away on manuscripts and documentation. I’ve been pretty open about how medical writing isn’t one type of job, and that medical writers work on … Continue reading 3 Things That Surprised Me About My Remote Medical Writer Job

3 Important Lessons I’ve Learned About Working in Industry After Leaving Academia

I remember when I was a grad student trying to figure out how to transition from my lab to a non-ac/industry job. It felt like a completely different world, a world I had absolutely no practical understanding of. Having been at my job for exactly 3 months as of today, I wanted to write a quick post to share 3 really important lessons that I … Continue reading 3 Important Lessons I’ve Learned About Working in Industry After Leaving Academia

I Voluntarily Gave Up Authorship On My Ph.D. Research Paper and I’ve Never Felt More Free

In industry, once you leave a workplace, you don’t spend months (or years) “wrapping up” work for them, unpaid. Your old coworkers and managers don’t keep contacting you to do more work. You pass it along to them with proper documentation and make your exit. So why do academics think it’s normal to keep working on papers, unpaid, after leaving their Ph.D. and postdoc labs? … Continue reading I Voluntarily Gave Up Authorship On My Ph.D. Research Paper and I’ve Never Felt More Free