I"ve been working in different labs since undergrad and have a thesis-based M.S. degree. So, I have experiences working with most of the basic lab techniques. However, I essentially took the first industry job that was offered to me and immediately knew it was a bad choice for my career because it did not require a lot of technical skills. I never intended to stay as long as I have but then life happened- marriage, bought a house, had kids. Now, nearly 9 years later I am ready to move on to new experiences elsewhere but now I am being told that my experiences are too narrow and I can't seem to get an interview anywhere. Unfortunately, at my biotech, we only utilize one technique and nothing else. I've tried applying to lower level positions or one-level higher positions, but I don't get a call. Though the one company that did interview me told me that honestly, my background is too narrow for other biotechs, and evidently for them too because I didn't get hired. So, what are my options? I live in a univerisity town, so should I try to volunteer time in an academic lab for a year to gain new skills (does anyone do that?)? Or will my only option is to go back to school in another field (for example, data analysis/biostats) if I want to go elsewhere? I really love working in the labs, but I feel like I'm wasting my potential at my current place.
Thanks for any advice!
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on Mon Nov 07, 2016 4:14 pm, edited 1 time in total.