I recently gave a talk at a luncheon hosted by my research institute. In the days since, I’ve had a few experiences that have brought me to this blog. I’d like to talk about how to engage an audience, whether it’s an actual audience, or an interviewer, or new colleagues at a networking even...
When you apply to a job, the details listed on your resume provide your “future employer” with information about the type of job you are looking for. The key words you include, the way you phrase your accomplishments and experiences, how you order your bullet points, all of this matters. These...
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When is the right time to get the waiver for the 212e rule (Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement)
I have decided to write about this, because when I needed my waiver, I had some problems that other people didn’t, and most of the people even didn’t know about them. Most of the people with a J1 Visa will get the 212e rule in their DS2019 and/or Visa stamp. It is based on the skills/area/fie...
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Since I was an undergrad, lab meetings have been part of my scientific development. Although some people don’t like lab meetings, I think it is a great opportunity to brainstorm, keep up with your experiments and most importantly, it is a great way to organize your data.
Before you start to read this blog post, please take the time to note that it ends with a question mark. That’s not to imply that “life” ends after grad school. It’s meant to imply that there are lots of things that a PhD can do. After spending at least 25 years preparing for something...
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I would like to tell my journey to get the green card, so I can help as many people as possible, not just to understand the whole process but also to keep their minds sane during the long wait. When I first started, I had no idea how the whole process works. So, first you need to figure out which...
I have recently had a couple of my interactions with my current manager that have led me to reflect on managers I’ve had over my career. And I admit that I compare every manager I have to the best manager I’ve ever had. And no one before or after has met the high bar that is her legacy in my min...
As a graduate student, I completed my dissertation research in a laboratory external to the chemistry department in the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) at Emory University. Due to this, I nurtured a relationship not only with Emory University’s main career center, but also one with caree...
My contract is ending, and I need a new job. I was going to write an article about how to gracefully exit a position, particularly for those of us who are exiting into the “unknown” of the job market. Since I know that scheduled departures like mine are fairly common in both academic and industr...
Interviewing is often thought to be an interaction between candidate and potential employer where the employer is in control asking many questions to assess the candidate for their needs. 4However, it is important that the candidate do as much interviewing of the employer as well. Here a...