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Thanks to all in this forum who helped me...

Postby Mary K. » Fri Mar 11, 2016 5:35 pm

Here is my story:

Came to USA in 2004 from Asia to follow my dreams in Science. Started PhD in 2004 and finished in 2009. I was so confused with my future in science. I realized that getting into that academic ivory tower is an uphill battle and I wasn't sure what to do. I love science, but I doubted that I will ever enjoy it due to the nature of the current scientific research. That's when I found this forum. My first question was "How to get a job in biotech industry with PhD?" I got many replies, mostly encouraging, and helped me to get couple of interviews from the industry. But the path was not that smooth. Visa, experience (PhD is not a real work experience!), and the fear of 2008's market collapse, etc. led me to take a postdoc position to survive!

Everyone knows how it goes....I was also trapped for five years. Finally, I had enough and decided to get out of academia. I was back in the forum with the question "How to get a job in industry after postdoc?" Some encouraging replies and some blames (of course!), but I think it was a positive experience.

After a thorough self-evaluation, I decided to apply for regulatory affairs jobs. I posted that question here and the responses were amazing. Dave and others boosted my confidence and I really worked hard to prepare my applications, customized cover letters and resume, and prepared thoroughly to perform well in the interviews. After 4-5 months and many applications, I finally got an offer as a CRA at a reputed CRO.

At the same time I applied for the job of a Project Manager at a top ranked University.It was my dream job as I am still in science without entering into a lab!

Finally, I got the PM position!! Of course, I don't have to travel, can make more money, and will never take a pipette in my hand!! Thus I ended up taking the PM position.

This forum and the responses I got helped me to steer through the winds and tides in my scientific life, and I am so thankful to all.

Hope this forum will help many to achieve their dreams...

Thank you!
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Re: Thanks to all in this forum who helped me...

Postby Dave Jensen » Sun Mar 13, 2016 4:57 pm

Thanks Mary. This is a great post. I'm happy to know that the forum and the forum participants were able to be a resource for you. I really appreciated hearing your story, thanks for sharing,

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Re: Thanks to all in this forum who helped me...

Postby D.X. » Mon Mar 14, 2016 4:35 am

Hi Mary,

Congratulations!!

In Addition to Dave's comments, please remember to pay it forward by advising otheres and sharing your experiences.

There are alot of Folks who can value from your evolving experiences, I also got value from the Forum and in the space I have this is where I can pay it Forward with the time capacity I have.

However, should you one day need an personal assistant as you climb in your career, do consider me. I make great coffee, I am organized and can manage your dry cleaning, iPod Downloads, and file sorting.

Wishing you the best for an amazing journey ahead both in professional and personal life.

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Re: Thanks to all in this forum who helped me...

Postby Ana » Mon Mar 14, 2016 1:17 pm

HI Mary,

It is great to hear about your success, congratulations. It seems you got some experience on career transitions during that process that would be useful for other posters here so stay around!

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Re: Thanks to all in this forum who helped me...

Postby CHG » Tue Apr 12, 2016 3:45 pm

Awesome post and congrats for the new job. Great to hear such stories.
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Re: Thanks to all in this forum who helped me...

Postby Jessie L » Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:00 am

Hi Mary, thanks for your sharing and congratulations for your new job!

I am a research fellow too and also thinking to switch my career to regulatory affairs(RA). However, I have difficulty in customizing my resume to RA position.

I did 2 things and hoped to increase my chance. 1st, I emphasized my certification in medical affairs. Although it is on medical affairs, it also educates on drug registration and regulation part. 2nd, I emphasized some transferable skills such as time management skill and highly detail-oriented, etc. However, I guess both of them do not really help, or employers here just want "experienced" people... I haven't got any interview so far...

So I would greatly appreciate it if you can share your experience in getting a CRA offer~

Thank you!
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