Exploring My Options


Will Soliman

Building your pharmaceutical industry career as a PhD, PharmD, or MD.

Ask most PhD, MD, or PharmD professionals how they had envisioned their careers developing while in graduate school and you will hear things like becoming a tenured professor at a reputable university, working in a retail pharmacy or having a successful medical practice. And although these can be re...



Hello again (back after some time away from blogging)

My name is Clement Weinberger, and I am a freelance medical writer. I retired as Director of Medical Communications in the Medical Affairs Department of a biopharma company about 6 years ago, and started a freelance business.  Of course, my professional life didn't start there. In this, and in ...



Starting out in a Startup

Two words that can evoke either feelings of pure excitement or pure fear: Startup Company. Startups are common in the biotechnology world, as there are many brilliant scientists and business savvy people with innovative ideas and plans of how to implement them.



The path to quitting my PhD

It was summer of 2005, the beginning of a PhD program at the University of IL-Chicago. I was grateful for my Student Mentor, Aaron Place, as he taught me the ropes. I was comfortable. Then classes started and I couldn’t stay awake. A dark auditorium and 8am classes?! Doubts began. Will I surviv...



Scientist or Businessperson??

My name is Hamilton Lenox, and welcome to my first blog on Bio Careers.  When I was first approached and asked to contribute to the site, I readily agreed, in the hopes that I could potentially offer some insights that will help others who are just starting their careers, or those looking for a...



Alternative Careers, Away from the Bench

Ok, so the luster of the ivory tower has worn off. But you spent at least five years getting that degree, and maybe have struggled through your 4th and 5th post-doctoral positions. Now what? Is it time to rock it like a hobo, traveling across the U.S. in search of your next great adventure?&nbs...



Top 10 Biotech Jobs (#10-7) – Positioning Yourself

Recently, Genetic Engineering News published a list of what they believe will be the top 10 biotech jobs most in demand over the next decade. For those looking for moving beyond the bench, starting their science career, or just looking for a change, the list proposes where the likeliest landing spot...



Listening to your inner-self to find your professional calling

Have you ever wondered what you would’ve done if you hadn’t gone into science and gotten a PhD? When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a vet or an interior designer. More recently, I wondered if I’d have made a good urban planner or human resources manager! Over the past year, I’ve been ponde...



US Diversity Visa Lottery – An Easy Green Card, But One That Requires Careful Reading and a Bit of Luck

Even foreign nationals with hard science or advanced degrees can vouch that obtaining a US nonimmigrant working visa and legal permanent residence, also known as the green card, is getting harder and harder. Most foreign nationals who wish to live and work in the US must have either an employer who ...