preparing for science careers in business
"The SciPhd and the CSO program gave me the tools and strategies
required when I was trying to look for alternative careers. I can
testify that it worked in my case. The course helped me identify my
strengths and weaknesses which enabled me to focus on amending my
resume to showcase how I stand out from the rest of the applicants. I
also used several helpful practical advices during my interview which I
believe helped me secure my first job in industry. I would sincerely
like to thank the SciPhD and CSO team. Keep spreading the knowledge and
information. We (post-docs and graduate students) really need it!!"
-- Gaurav Basu, PhD
Research Associate, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA) [During the
(Translational Research Scientist – Gene Delivery, Intrexon
Corporation, Germantown, MD) [Currently]
I entered the job market as a recent graduate with an M.S in
Engineering Management (which essentially combined engineering skills
in bio-technology with business training). I thought my business
background would be an immediate asset for potential employers, but
after a few months I quickly realized that was not the case. To
simply put it, I did not know how to convince employers that a
business background would be useful in an engineering/science position.
I then talked to Randy and completed the SciPhD program. Once I
completed the online training and discussed the results with Randy, I
learned how to explain my skills using examples from my past research
alongside my business training. The program gave me new
confidence in my job search and within two months I had found the
perfect job at a large pharma company.
Thank you SciPhD!
-- Brian Youchak
-Eli Lilly & Company
"I participated in yesterday's "Preparing for Industry" webinar.
Thought it was absolutely fabulous. Would like to learn more about
-- Graduate Assistant, University of Alabama,
"I applied your resume/cover letter strategies presented last week in
the NCET2 webinar and am looking forward to a phone interview next
week. You gave me the courage to change the focus of my letter and
bring in more extracurricular experiences.
-- Biological Scientist, Washington D.C. Metro Area
"I am a post doctoral fellow at the National Institute on Aging. I
attended your seminar at the NIA yesterday and completed the SciPhd
online assessment. Your training seminar stood out primarily because it
was one of the only training sessions that helps postdocs identify what
their marketable skills really are in the context of the job market.
The SciPhD assessment tool further augments that experiance by creating
an awareness about the various areas ( strengths and weaknesses
with respect to both personality and specific skills sets) that need
help as well as helping us identify what kind of job we would be best
suited for, which typically is the single most difficult question to
-- postdoctoral fellow, National Institute of Aging,
"I am absolutely enjoying the CSO class, I cant believe the amount of
information I gain with each class. I've already told a few
interested scientists about it so I hope you all are planning on
continuing the course. I truly believe in the importance of
this training and emphasizing the value of communication skills for
-- postdoctoral fellow, Henry M. Jackson Foundation
"I thought the seminar on industry jobs today was terrific. Thank
you for bringing those guys in - I learned a lot, and it gave me the
confidence and tools to tackle my own job search."
-- postdoctoral fellow, National Institute of
Standards and Technology
"I thought this was a terrific
course and the test was very helpful. The questions made me think
critically about some things that I have taken for granted. For
example, I always thought I was a great collaborator, but now I see
that I don't initiate collaborations as often as I think I do.
Likewise, even though I do delegate responsibility, I don't do it
to the extent that gives people the opportunities they need for their
development. I think this self-assessment would be a useful tool for
anyone who has a PhD and is planning a career in science."
College of Wisconsin
"The best part of this assessment is that it makes you think and
analyze yourself, which we do not do very often and leave it for our
employers to do that. I like the way it correlates your positives with
the demands of the company and indicates the possible
know what is best for me based on this assessment and I am going to
concentrate my efforts that way. Thank you so much for showing me the
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