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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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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

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 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

Did I Need to Get a Ph.D.?

Less than a year ago, I was scrambling to set a defense date. Less than 3 months ago, I started at my new industry job as a medical writer. One thing that I’ve been thinking about recently and really mulling over is the simple question: Did I need to get a Ph.D.? I mean, I’m really happy with my current job and how everything turned … Continue reading Did I Need to Get a Ph.D.?

Everything That Happened With My Toxic Former Advisor

I’ve mentioned my toxic former PI in some past blog posts and rather heavily on my Twitter. I wanted to write a post to get the whole story out there in case anyone was interested in how I ended up dealing with him! I also really wanted to let others who may be going through similar situations know that it will be ok. Something important … Continue reading Everything That Happened With My Toxic Former Advisor

The Only Skill From My Ph.D. That I Use In My Industry Job

So I was thinking about posting a list of skills I use in my job that I learned specifically during my Ph.D. But as I started writing out a list of those skills, I realized they all converged onto 1 “mega-skill” in particular. It’s “consolidating and communicating published information”. The overall goal is to familiarize myself with a topic regardless of my own “expertise” in … Continue reading The Only Skill From My Ph.D. That I Use In My Industry Job

Teaching Outside of Academia

One thing I hear a lot of academics say when they tout the things they love about academia is that they enjoy teaching and that’s why they stay and don’t consider industry. Ummm…what? Hearing that makes me think they’re not aware of the plethora of job options that you can have in industry or non-ac jobs that involve teaching/education. When I was in grad school, … Continue reading Teaching Outside of Academia