Category Archives: Professional Development

April 2019 Social Media Collection: Adaptability

Adaptability is the most sought after soft sill in an ever-changing professional landscape.  With technologies and industries constantly evolving, being adaptable provides a competitive advantage in the workplace.  Developing a flexible mindset, embracing change and taking risks is vital to building a successful career in academia or industry.  Below are links to some helpful resources on key adaptability skills.

Post #1 Benefits of being adaptable

https://www.business.com/articles/how-well-do-you-handle-change-the-benefits-of-being-adaptable/

Post #2 Responding positively to change and being resilient is key to success

https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/10157-resilience-adaptability-business-success.html

Post #3 Some key characteristics of an adaptable person

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffboss/2015/09/03/14-signs-of-an-adaptable-person/#3c8b883016ea

Post #4 Demonstrating adaptability and flexibility through action on the job

https://work.chron.com/demonstrate-adaptability-job-15407.html

Post #5 Career adaptability and career competencies predict students’ well-being and performance

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6143682/

Post#6 Examples of workplace flexibility skills

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/workplace-flexibility-definition-with-examples-2059699

 

Nalini Kulkarni, PhD is a scientist in biotechnology discovery research at Eli Lilly and Company.  Her work focuses on discovering and enabling novel drug targets for chronic pain and neurodegenerative diseases.
Leadership and Management Skills: What You Might Not See in Your CV

Do you know how to create a successful resume? What are the things you should emphasize in this document versus your CV? In this presentation, Dr. Andrew Green provides very relevant information on how to use your research skills to elaborate an effective resume and become a competitive candidate for a particular job in Academia or Industry.

 

Translating your CV into an effective resume in the life sciences

Andrew Green, University of California, Berkeley

This presentation was part of the 2016 Career Symposium, “Leadership and Management Skills: What You Might Not See in Your CV.”

 

Miguel Zarate, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His research focuses on the interactions between the fetal immune system and nutrient metabolism in inflammatory challenge and intra-uterine growth restriction models in sheep, mice, and humans.
March 2019 Social Media Collection: TAC Symposium Topic: “Marketing Yourself for a Successful Career”

Having a successful career in both academic and non-academic environment requires constant and deliberate marketing of one’s self in order to get the desired job and to keep it. In a world that is highly competitive, it is extremely important that trainees begin early in their career to cultivate the skills needed to stand out as a competitive job applicant or a competitive candidate for promotion in the future. Aside from having excellent communication skills in scientific writing, there are other numerous career development abilities that are vital for continued success. These include taking on leadership positions within and outside of the laboratory environment, project and time management skills, building scientific network locally and nationally, and engaging in service and mentoring opportunities.

This blog post will cover the topics that experienced speakers will address in the TAC Symposium, “Marketing Yourself for a Successful Career” at the 2019 Experimental Biology Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

 

Post #1: Tools trainees need to be successful in Grad School:

https://www.collegexpress.com/articles-and-advice/grad-school/articles/life-grad-student/how-be-successful-grad-student-insider-tips/

 

Post #2:  7 important facts regarding industry jobs in Biotech or Pharma companies:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21428692-800-break-into-the-biotech-industry/

 

Post #3: Learn about Informational Interviews and their importance in building and expanding your professional network.

https://cheekyscientist.com/tips-how-to-prepare-informational-interview-with-industry-professional/

 

Post #4: When and how to start academic networking.

https://academicpositions.com/career-advice/how-to-start-academic-networking

 

Post #5: How to keep your professional network stronger and more successful.

https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/4363-tips-build-professional-network.html

 

Post #6: What are the skills you need as an early investigator? What lies ahead after your Ph.D.?

http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2017/10/27/surviving-academia-as-an-ecr-an-unreliable-guide/

 

Post #7: Switching smoothly from Academia to Industry.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-03306-1

 

Post #8: How to use social media to promote your research and develop your career.

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/10-ways-use-social-media-get-your-research-noticed#survey-answer

 

Miguel Zarate, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His research focuses on the interactions between the fetal immune system and nutrient metabolism in inflammatory challenge and intra-uterine growth restriction models in sheep, mice, and humans.
Get a Job You Love: How to Network for Your Dream Career

They say it isn’t about what you know, but WHO you know. Whether you’re pursuing a career in academia or in a non-academic setting, creating a network is crucial for professional development and job hunting. What if you only know professors in academia but want a job in industry? How do you get in contact with the right people? It may feel overwhelming to not know where to start, especially for individuals who find introductions intimidating. APS has speakers that have talked about techniques for networking, how to get started, and how to come up with a game plan for networking for your dream job. Here are just a few of previous presentations that can help you love networking!

 

The W’s of Networking in Physiology

Keisa W. Mathis, University of North Texas Health Science Center

http://www.the-aps.org/mm/Careers/Mentor/Professional-Networking/Identifying-Networking-Opportunities/Ws-of-Networking

 

New and old techniques to build your network, effectively tell your story, and obtain grant funding

John Raymond, Medical College of Wisconsin

https://www.lifescitrc.org/resource.cfm?submissionID=8736 

 

The Long and Winding Road of Career Development

Lois Lehman-McKeeman, Bristol-Myers Squibb

http://www.the-aps.org/mm/Careers/Mentor/Career-Choices-and-Planning/Graduate-Student/Types-of-Careers/Non-academic-Careers/Industry/Developing-Critical-Leadership-Skills

Liz Cambron is a doctoral candidate at North Dakota State University. Her research focuses on the genetic and physiological mechanisms during non-feeding periods in insect development.
February 2019 Social Media Collection: Networking for Your Dream Career

Networking is a way to share ideas, to bring people with similar interests together, but most importantly, for people to share opportunities. Whether you’re a doctoral candidate or a junior faculty, networking is important if you’re still looking for your dream job. However, you can spell network without work. It takes work to get started, to maintain connections, and build your network. Here are some resources to help you get started with building your network, keeping it strong, and how to properly use it once you have it.

 

Post #1: Tips For Success: Networking is Not a Bad Word

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/dvdy.22740

 

Post #2: Opportunities Come Through People

https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2013/07/opportunities-come-through-people

 

Post #3: Tooling Up: More than Just a Job-Seeking Skill

https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2005/02/tooling-more-just-job-seeking-skill

 

Post #4: Expanding Your Career Networks

https://videocast.nih.gov/Summary.asp?File=16609&bhcp=1

 

Post #5: 13 networking tips that can help you land your dream job

https://www.thisisinsider.com/how-to-network-for-a-job-2018-8

 

Post #6: Networking: How to Get a Good Connection

https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2002/05/networking-how-get-good-connection

 

Post #7: Build Your Professional Network

https://career.ucsf.edu/phds/non-academic-careers/career-exploration/build-your-professional-network

 

 

Liz Cambron is a doctoral candidate at North Dakota State University. Her research focuses on the genetic and physiological mechanisms during non-feeding periods in insect development.
Navigating the Grant Writing Process: Insight into NIH-style Grants for Trainees

One of the most important skills for a trainee to develop is the ability to write a clear and effective research grant proposal. With the current funding climate, writing a competitive grant is all the more crucial in transitioning to the next step in your career. APS member Dr. Ann Schreihofer from the Medical College of Georgia discussed not only the key components of a NIH-style grant but also provides valuable insight into the grant writing process.

Also, make sure to check out the All About Grants Podcasts hosted by the NIH to stay up to date on NIH funding

 

Down the Road to Funding: Getting That First Grant

https://www.lifescitrc.org/resource.cfm?submissionID=5722

 

All About Grants Podcast:

https://grants.nih.gov/news/virtual-learning/podcasts.htm

 

Lauren Stein, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the neuroendocrine control of energy balance using rodent models of obesity.
January 2019 Social Media Collection: Grant Writing

In scientific research, we strive to develop groundbreaking hypotheses that push the edges of our understanding. However, groundbreaking ideas are just the beginning. Equally important are the skills needed to effectively communicate your grant proposal, so you can secure the funding necessary to complete a thorough investigation.

Below are links that break down the components of preparing an effective proposal to make your brilliant ideas standout in a sea of others.

 

Post #1: Before putting pen to paper, it is important to know the basics of a NIH-style grant. The following link provides a general information for writing a successful proposal.

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/how-to-apply-application-guide/format-and-write/write-your-application.htm

 

Post #2: First things first, you have to have a plan! Check out the six-part series titled “How Not to Kill a Grant Proposal.”

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2004/04/academic-scientists-toolkit

 

Post #3: Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was your grant. Avoid procrastination and give yourself the time needed to review and edit your proposal before hitting submit.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00103-2

 

Post #4: For early investigators, fellowships require a little something extra. This article focuses on the importance of a well-crafted training plan and research goals in your proposal.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07297-x

 

Post #5: Here are some of the best kept secrets to writing a winning grant proposal.

https://www.nature.com/news/the-best-kept-secrets-to-winning-grants-1.22038

 

 

 

Lauren Stein, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the neuroendocrine control of energy balance using rodent models of obesity.
December 2018 Social Media Collection: Persevering in Science

Reject, reject, reject! Careers in science are full of set-backs.  Papers get rejected, grant proposals are triaged, promotions are denied. So how do we overcome what seems to be an endless barrage of obstacles? This month we will be discussing some of the major challenges frequently faced by scientists and identify key strategies to persevere while pursuing a successful career in science.

Post #1: You don’t need to be a Noble Laureate to know science is a tough gig! Check out the link for advice from past Nobel winners on pushing through setbacks to succeed.

http://www.nobelprizeii.org/video-category/surprises-setbacks/

 

Post #2: Scientist faces some big challenges in pursuing a career. This article identifies some of the largest obstacles and addresses what we can do to fix it.

https://www.vox.com/2016/7/14/12016710/science-challeges-research-funding-peer-review-process

 

Post #3: Surviving academia as an early career researcher: an unreliable guide

http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2017/10/27/surviving-academia-as-an-ecr-an-unreliable-guide/

 

Post #4: Mind Matters: Resilience

https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2011/06/mind-matters-resilience

 

Post #5: In the job search, it pays to take the difficult path

https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2018/05/job-search-it-pays-take-difficult-path

 

Post #6: A PhD Job Search – What’s Normal and What’s Not Normal

https://cheekyscientist.com/phd-job-search/

 

Post #7: Managing the Emotional Side of Job Search

https://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/articles/2018-02-16/managing-the-emotional-side-of-job-search

 

Post #8: Recognizing and managing stress in academic life

https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2012/jun/13/managing-academic-stress

 

Post #9: Emotional Fatigue: Coping with Academic Pressure

http://gradresources.org/dealing-with-emotional-fatigue/

 

 

 

 

Lauren Stein, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the neuroendocrine control of energy balance using rodent models of obesity.
October 2018 Social Media Collection: Borrowing Skills from Business

Leadership, management, budgeting, and marketing sound like skills for CEOs, not scientists. However, these skill sets are also essential for researchers and there are several principles that can be taken from the business world and applied to academia. Accumulating evidence suggests that mixing business with science is a path to success.

Post #1: This month we will be discussing Borrowing skills from business: application for research, stay tuned!

 

Post #2:  Business principles for basic researchers

http://www.sciencemag.org/features/2016/10/business-principles-basic-researchers 

 

 

Post #3: Why scientists need to market themselves

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-02747-y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post #4: The Why and How of Promoting Your Science Publication Online

https://bitesizebio.com/27823/the-why-and-how-of-promoting-your-science-publication-online/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post #5: Selling for scientists

http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2014/03/21/selling-for-scientists/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post #6 Develop your career label so that it works in your favor

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2018/09/develop-your-career-label-so-it-works-your-favor

 

 

 

 

Post #7: How to market yourself as a graduate student

https://www.grad.umn.edu/marketingyourself

 

Post #8: Postdoc advancement: Marketing your value

http://www.sciencemag.org/features/2013/08/postdoc-advancement-marketing-your-value

 

 

Post #9: Do I make myself clear? Media training for scientists

http://www.sciencemag.org/features/2018/01/do-i-make-myself-clear-media-training-scientists

 

 

 

 

 

Post #10: Improving science communication in 3 easy steps

https://www.novartis.com/stories/from-our-labs/improving-science-communication-3-easy-steps

 

Post #11: The Basics of Lab Management

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2012/05/lab-management

 

Post #12: Project Management for Scientists

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2002/07/project-management-scientists

 

Post #13: Project Management for Scientists, Part 1: An Overview

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2002/05/project-management-scientists-part-1-overview

 

Post #14: Project Management for Scientists, Part 2: Getting Experience

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2002/06/project-management-scientists-part-2-getting-experience

 

Post #15: Project Management for Postdocs

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2002/03/take-your-worst-estimate-and-double-it-project-management-postdocs

 

Post #16: Crowdsourcing goes academic with platforms for reviewing advisers

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2018/02/crowdsourcing-goes-academic-platforms-reviewing-advisers

 

Post #17: These books can offer career guidance and inspiration

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2018/09/these-books-can-offer-career-guidance-and-inspiration

Melinda Engevik, PhD is an instructor at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. Her research focuses on the interaction between intestinal microbiota and the host epithelium.
Negotiating Is a Skill – Let’s Learn It Together

Negotiation is both a skill and an art. Understanding your strengths and weakness will help you to best promote yourself and succeed in interviews and getting the position you are aiming for. By learning about your personality type, and that of others, you will be able to not only put your best foot forward, but to utilize your knowledge to manage expectations of other personality types. We will open a window onto the negotiation skills for every step of the way, from getting a position to climbing the ladder of success in diverse settings. Getting a position is not the end of the negotiation process. These skills will continue to be useful throughout your career as you ask for promotions, work in committees, move into new spaces, apply for both internal and external grants, and navigate the hierarchy at your institution. The Women in Physiology Mentoring Symposium for EB 2016 will focus on what negotiation really is: using the right tools and the right approach to succeed in any discipline. To address this issue, we will discuss personality types, help you to determine yours and teach you skills to maximize your strengths based on your gender and your own personality. In addition, negotiation skills will be discussed, both in general and in more specific areas with a panel of speakers from various fields, including academia, industry and the military. These speakers will give an overview of specific negotiation skills related to these environments, including issues you should be aware of, what you should ask for, how to ask, and what’s “soft” in each setting. These presentations will be followed by an additional 20 minutes question and answer session with the speaker panel.

 

Presentations

  • Making Your Personality Type Work for You
    Diane Klotz, Sanford Burnham Presby Medical Discovery Institute
  • Negotiation 101: Skills Everyone Needs
    Trevor Blair, Manpower 
  • Negotiation 201: Industry Sales/Marketing
    Katherine Atkinson, Illumina, Inc.
  • Negotiation 201: Industry R&D
    Magdalena Alonso-Galicia, Bayer HealthCare LLC 
  • Negotiation 201: Academia Research
    Kim BarrettUCSD
  • Negotiation 201: Academia Teaching
    Jennifer K Uno, Elon Univ. 
  • Negotiation 201: Military
    Kathy Ryan, US Army Institute of Surgical Res,
  • Panel Discussion

 

You can find links to all presentations here: http://www.the-aps.org/negotiating

https://www.lifescitrc.org/searchResultsAll.cfm?resourceID=35

Malgorzata Kasztan, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She researches how the endothelin system alters renal structure and function in chronic kidney disease.