Coming Up: How to Develop a Career Exit Strategy

Donna Kridelbaugh:

Join us tomorrow (August 21st) at 3 pm ET on Twitter for the #ECRchat. I will be leading a discussion on how to develop a career exit strategy. See below for more information on the chat topic and read my past blog post “What’s your career exit strategy?” to prep for the chat. 

Originally posted on #ECRchat:

The next live chat is Thursday 21 August at 20:00-21:00 in the UK (BST), 21:00-22:00 in Europe (CEST), 15:00 New York (EDT), which is Friday 07:00-08:00 in New Zealand (NZST).

How to Develop a Career Exit Strategy

Do you ever think about what you would do if your research position would unexpectedly end in a few months? With the volatile nature of research funding, early-career researchers need to plan ahead before they are left scrambling for another position and taking that first job offer that comes along, which may not be in line with your professional goals.

One way to prepare is to develop a career exit strategy — a short-term job, volunteer position or other activity — that would allow you to stay active in your professional field, while refocusing your efforts on your ultimate career goals.

In this chat, we will brainstorm on possible exit strategies, how to…

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What should the topic for 21st August’s chat be?

Donna Kridelbaugh:

I am thrilled to be hosting the next #ECRchat on Thursday, August 21st at 3 p.m. EDT (US)! You can vote now on the topic for the upcoming Twitter chat until the poll closes on Monday, August 18th. Choose a topic and then join this global community of early-career researchers on Twitter to discuss how this information can help you advance your own career and share tips with other professionals all over the world. Hope to chat with you next week!

Originally posted on #ECRchat:

The next #ECRchat is on Thursday 21st August at 20:00-21:00 in the UK (BST), which is 21:00-22:00 in Europe (CEST), and 15:00-16:00 in New York (EST) and Fri 7am Auckland (NZST). This chat will be hosted by Donna Kridelbaugh (full bio below).

Please vote for your preferred chat topic (topic descriptions below):

The poll topic will be decided on Monday 18th August.

Donna Kridelbaugh (@science_mentor) holds an advanced degree in microbiology with over five years of postgraduate research and teaching experience in academic and government labs. Last year, she leaped over the institutional walls to start her own communications consulting business, providing writing, editing and career matchmaking services. In her spare time, she advocates for and writes about self-mentoring as a process for early-career professionals to learn how to be proactive and take charge of their own career management. This fall, she will also work for circus peanuts as an adjunct…

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Things You Should Know About Introverts

Donna Kridelbaugh:

So normally I don’t reblog material because it feels like cheating but this post was too good not to share in its entirety. I have read that many scientists have introvert tendencies and it’s important to recognize your personality and your individual needs. This article perfectly describes the feelings of an introvert. If you can relate to this post, then use this information to focus on how to cope with being an introvert or share with family and friends so they can understand. Does anyone have any tips on how to deal with being an introvert? I have to take long walks or go to my “mind palace” to escape from too much stimuli going on around me and to refocus my thoughts.

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1) We need to recharge alone.
This right here is the cusp of the entire introvert v. extrovert debate (if there is one, anyway) – Introverts need to be alone to recharge. We tend to get completely worn out by socializing. This is basically what it means to be an introvert.

2) We don’t hate being around people, but we probably hate crowds.
I love being with people, but if you drop me into a large crowd I instantly feel like I’m alone and invisible. I try to avoid situations where I feel that way, so I may decline your open invitation to some random event. It doesn’t mean I don’t like to be around you, it just means I like to have more control over my surroundings.

3) We don’t mind silence.
I can sit beside you in silence and not think we are having a bad…

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Announcing Redesign of Science Mentor Website

I am pleased to announce the redesign of my Science Mentor website that focuses on providing career management information for early-career professionals in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields via the self-mentoring process. The site is being enhanced so that I can develop more tools and resources to help guide readers through successful career transitions. Continue reading

Career Insights: Quick guide to career fairs

Image credit: City of Marietta

My recent career insights article for ASBMB Today, the membership magazine of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, is now available online. Check out “Quick guide to career fairs” to learn how to make the most of in-person and virtual career fairs, featuring advice on how to find career fairs and a prep guide. Continue reading