Resources & Links
Here’s a running list of articles, links, and resources I’ve found interesting about the job market including the PhD/scientific/healthcare/medical job markets. Freshest stuff will be up on top of the list so you don’t have to scroll down every time you visit.
- Interested in salaries of different jobs? Here’s a way to get the pulse of what jobs earn what salary ranges. For MSL positions, MSLjobs.com has a 2010 salary survey that is available.
- Those of you interested in a regulatory career: “… Q. Which Regulatory Affairs careers are in greatest demand currently? What skills and qualifications are needed most in the RA field? A. There is a need for regulatory professionals at almost every job level, and particularly from specialist level up to VPs. The demand is evident across many different employment settings — industry (small and mid-size companies up to multinationals), government agencies (like US FDA, European Medicines Agency, etc.), clinical and hospital settings, universities that are involved in research and clinical trials, consultancies and clinical research organizations that run clinical trials.” http://healthcareers.about.com/od/medicalindustryjobs/a/Regulatory-Affairs-Careers.htm
- A couple of group members have wanted to share this link on PhDs being on food stamps, so I’m adding the link here (to review group rules, this thread is the only place you can share web/blog links, announcements, events, and otherwise promotional items.) http://chronicle.com/article/From-Graduate-School-to/131795/ “Ms. Bruninga-Matteau is part of an often overlooked, and growing, subgroup of Ph.D. recipients, adjunct professors, and other Americans with advanced degrees who have had to apply for food stamps or some other form of government aid since late 2007. Some are struggling to pay back student loans and cover basic living expenses as they submit scores of applications for a limited pool of full-time academic positions. Others are trying to raise families or pay for their children’s college expenses on the low and fluctuating pay they receive as professors off the tenure track, a group that now makes up 70 percent of faculties. Many bounce on and off unemployment or welfare during semester breaks. And some adjuncts have found themselves trying to make ends meet by waiting tables or bagging groceries alongside their students.”
- From our group member Robert B at Tufts: Making the most of your international grad student experience! http://sites.tufts.edu/gradmatters/2012/06/28/coming-to-america-how-to-make-the-most-of-the-international-graduate-student-experience-2/
- “The Ph.D. Now Comes With Food Stamps” http://chronicle.com/article/From-Graduate-School-to/131795/
- Article in PLoS ONE (Open-access): Science PhD Career Preferences: Levels, Changes, and Advisor Encouragement. Link: http://dld.bz/bzT6X (thanks to Giovanni C for submitting this link)
- Some of you may find the link below helpful. Its out of the MarS Discovery district in Toronto and provides helpful videos and seminars for aspiring entrepreneurs. http://www.marsdd.com/entrepreneurs-toolkit/entrepreneurship101 (thanks to Giovann G for submitting this resource)
- For people Down Under here are a couple of useful links: http://www.graduateopportunities.com is an extensive website targeting Aussie students. They also have a list of Career Expos held at unis. For convenience here is the link to the list: http://www.graduateopportunities.com/career_advice/careers_fair_dates (Thanks to Thomas L for submitting this resource!)
- Those of you interested in management consulting, here are some of the best ways to prepare for interviews with top-tier management consulting firms
- Quint Careers – still one of the best! If you need 49 more job hunting blogs, click this
- Advice for consultants: from The Economist. “In short, consulting is looking less like a licence to print money and more like temporary labour.”
- How do Philosophers make a living? You’ll be surprised at who’s hiring them for what! By the way you can also become a guru and charge people for workshops on finding your passion or the meaning if your life. No kidding.
- Free Social Networking e-Book From my friend Steve Woodruff – if you’ve read my book – he’s classified as a “critical connector”! “Two years ago that I released this e-book, specifically designed to help business professionals get started with social networking. A lot has changed since then in social networks, though many of the core principles and practices remain. This 2011 edition features a number of updated links and resources, including an Appendix specifically for pharmaceutical professionals.”
- Jobs in Biotech and Bioinformatics: Mixing high tech with science
- Jobs Rated 2011: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst: Useful to look at different careers that may be potential “alternatives” for PhDs, Of course, some of you may already be in these careers. I was curious about “Philosopher” being one of them… be interesting to see ex-academic philosophers and how they make a living.
- Teaming postdocs up with employers: In spite of the abundance of PhDs, MDs, JDs, and MBAs in biotech and pharma, we all know that on-the-job learning is really how this industry is built. Nobody goes to university to learn how to be a great CEO or manager, and there aren’t any courses in grad school where budding researchers can learn the way a pharmaceutical company operates.
- Life Science Salary Survey 2010 from The Scientist
- From one of my professional contacts: Rosman Rules for Resumes
David also wrote an intriguing article about the potential perils of video resumes.
- Career Tests using your Color Preferences I just took it and it gives an additional confirmation if you know yourself pretty well and interesting insight if you’re just starting out with “discovering thyself” (you don’t need to enter your email address to get the test results).
- Conducting the International Job Search via Chronicle/Managing Your Career
- How body language makes or breaks your job prospects
- How to Get Noticed by Hiring Managers
- What Not to Say in a Job Interview It may be worthwhile to check out the comment section, which right now is headed up by one that asks, “Why do interviewers ask such stupid questions?”
- What are good ways to monetize a Computer Science related Ph.D.?
- PhD Postdoc Survey
- Live Q&A: Life after a PhD via Guardian UK You’ve shed blood, sweat and tears to get a PhD, now what do you do with it?
- Nontraditional Career Options For Ph.D. Life Scientists According to Cliff Mintz, “Other popular alternate careers for Ph.D.-trained scientists include management consulting, clinical research, and business/financial analysts. Some of the lesser-known nontraditional careers that Ph.D.-trained scientists may want to consider include: Medical communications and medical/science writing, Biotechnology sales and marketing, Project management, Healthcare informatics technology, Competitive business intelligence, Government jobs in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Department of Defense (DOD) or Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Quality control and assurance, Regulatory affairs, Biomanufacturing, and Teaching
- How to Make a 5 Star First Impression In summary: (1) Stand up (2) Don’t let anything come between you and the other person, (3) Smile (4) Look them in the eyes, and (5) Shake hands.
- Here’s one I really like; I realize that not everyone here will have experience with depression (of the clinical/medical kind), but I think that the advice here is worthwhile to read on how to bounce back after a professional setback:http://www.quora.com/How-do-I-recover-professionally-from-depression
- The illustrated guide to a Ph.D. Now this is funny stuff, but don’t forget to go to the very bottom of the page for a serious reason why the author and his wife funds graduate students.
- Postgraduate Study: Was it worth it now I need a job? – (I say “yes!”)
- From Dead-End to Dream Job: Taking Control of Your Career
This link was shared by one of my PhD [Alternative] Career LinkedIn Group members. I’m no Pollyanna but I personally don’t see too many “dead end” jobs, only jobs where you haven’t yet unlocked its potential to take you places.
- Top 25 Jobs – The StaffingU Market Demand Report Hm… sales reps for medical/scientific products didn’t grow – I wonder why. But check out that 73% growth in demand for industrial engineers!
- 25 B-schools that lead to the most student debt
UPenn (Wharton) -$109,836
Dartmouth (Tuck) -$96,292
Duke (Fuqua) -$92,827
Michigan (Ross) -$92,734
Northwestern (Kellogg) -$87,256
Moral of the story: get the employer to pay for your MBA!
- Education: The PhD factory
- The Lab Rat – big index of life science corporations in the U.S.
- Leonardo da Vinci’s Resume
Marc Cenedella shows how da Vinci woos employers. I also loved Marc’s answer on Quora regarding those notorious “what’s your greatest weakness” questions! P.S. I can’t use his answer truthfully so I will stick with “bluntness”.
- “The Real Science Gap”
- The disposable academic: Why doing a PhD is often a waste of time
When the Economist covers a story about the degree you know it’s bad news…