Your school’s BEST career development program is part of a national effort to help biomedical PhDs and postdocs prepare for a variety of career options. Only a handful of schools have programs like yours and we want to give others a taste of your experience. We are looking for bloggers to write diary-style entries about the career development process to be published on the national NIH BEST website.
Audience: US biomed PhDs and postdocs
Time commitment: 1 blog/month for 6 months. The series will run from February-July.
Content: We are modeling this blog series after The Guardian’s Postdoc Diaries. You will write in a diary format to share your progress in reaching your career goals. For example, you might write about a career development speaker/workshop/course and how it impacted you; the struggle of writing to people asking for informational interviews; contacts that proved helpful or not helpful; a career-related identity crisis; a career interest that surprised you; balancing career development efforts with your lab work; the support of your PI; awkward networking interactions; or anything else that happened that month in relation to career development.
Considerations. The blog will be posted publicly online. We would like to use your real name and photo, but you can be vague when it comes to others (who you networked with or where you are interning).
If you are interested in sharing your career development process and gaining some writing experience, please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15th
Area of Expertise (i.e. pharamacology, bioinformatics, etc.)
Where you are in the career development process. (i.e. 1st year PhD just starting to explore careers, 5th year PhD about to actively job hunt, or postdoc pursuing one career but exploring backup career options, etc.)
Career plans, if you have them (i.e. science policy, academia, clinical research, etc.)
We will start with just 2 bloggers, but we have plans to expand once the blog series is in place. Depending on the response, we may request a short writing sample. Feel free to send questions to email@example.com.
Liane Moneta-Koehler, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Biomedical Research Education & Training
Vanderbilt University, 340 Light Hall
Nashville, TN 37232-0301