Career Planning for Research Bioscientists

Career Planning for Research Bioscientists

by Sarah Blackford

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405196703
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/28/2012
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Sarah Blackford is the Head of Education and Public Affairs of alarge international bioscience learned society. With aMaster’s degree in careers guidance in Higher Education and abackground in bioscience research, scientific publishing anduniversity careers advisory work, Sarah is uniquely qualified tosupport research bioscientists with their career planning andmanagement. For over a decade, she has been delivering talks andcareer workshops in university departments and at internationalscientific meetings and career events, as well as providingindividual career coaching to students and postdoctoralresearchers.

Table of Contents

Author ’ s note ix

Acknowledgements xi

1. Introduction 1

Who is this book for? 1

The process of career planning 3

Helping you with your career planning 3

Content of the book 4

How to use this book 5

2. Planning your career 7

The importance of career planning 7

What is career planning? 8

Career planning in action 10

Conclusion 10

3. Self-awareness 13

What is self-awareness? 13

Practical ways to analyse your ‘self’ and increaseself-awareness 15

Conclusion 29

4. The job market 31

Career sectors 32

Examples of job advertisements 34

Analysis of job advertisements 40

Self-employment 43

Where are the jobs? 44

Conclusion 51

5. Enhancing your employability 53

The changing nature of work 53

Taking responsibility 53

Taking a proactive approach 54

Planned happenstance 55

Personal and professional development 55

Conclusion 64

6. Making applications 67

Employer perspective 67

Presenting a professional image 68

Methods of application 69

Conclusion 82

7. Successful interview technique 83

Types of interviews 83

Interview content: what questions will you be asked? 87

Answering the questions 90

Thinking of questions to ask the interviewer 91

Preparation 91

If you are offered the job 92

If you are not offered the job 93

Conclusion 94

8. Decision making and action planning 95

Careers in research 95

Other career options 96

Decision making 97

Taking action 98

Turning decisions into action 99

Conclusion 102

Afterword 103

Appendix 1: Career narratives 105

Summaried list career narratives 105

1. Michel : professor, US university 106

2. Teresa : research fellow, Austrian university 109

3. John : lecturer, UK university 110

4. Andrew : lead scientist, protein design team, largeagribiotechnology company 113

5. John : scientific team leader, drug metabolism andpharmacokinetics (DMPK), global contract research organisation114

6. Joanna : product and R&D manager, small biotech company116

7. Petra : scientific adviser, protein interaction servicescompany 117

8. Ann : president and chief executive officer, smallimmunoreagent company 119

9. Yfke : senior medical writer, medical vii communicationsagency 120

10. Carol : freelance science editor, writer and trainingconsultant 122

11. Mary : features editor, Teaching Tools in Plant Biology(learned journal) 124

12. Linda : teacher training co-ordinator, public researchinstitute 126

13. Ruth : freelance science journalist 127

14. David : research associate, Committee on Science,Engineering, and Public Policy, National Academy of Sciences;Outreach Committee Co-chair, AAAS Science and Human RightsCoalition 12915. Edward : clinical trial co-ordinator, universitycancer trial centre 131

16. Miguel : patent examiner, European Patent Office 133

17. Florent : scientific officer, Marie Curie Actions, EuropeanCommission 135

18. John : healthcare analyst, self-employed partnership 136

19. Annie : technology consultant, international technologyconsultancy 138

20. Ian : sound engineer, production services provider 140

Appendix 2: Social media 143

Appendix 3: Example CVs 151

Appendix 4: Support and resources 167

Index 175

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