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Pharmaceutical visit

PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 1:21 pm
by Sam Johnson
I've been a postdoc for about 1.5 years and am interested in a career in the pharmaceutical industry. I've recently been invitied to visit a large company (where I think I would like to work someday) and give a seminar while I'm there. They indicated it would be appropriate to talk about either my past or current work. To me, my graduate work is much more impressive than my postdoc results, yet I'm afraid if I don't talk about my postdoc project it will look like I haven't done anything in the last 2 years. Any thoughts?

Pharmaceutical visit

PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 1:27 pm
by Dave Jensen
Hi Sam,

Your audience will want to see examples of your critical thinking skills and some of the decisions you've made about your research. Whichever shows you off the best, use it.

However, one thing that many people do is to do an overview of both old and current research work. Take one project and really focus on it, and then provide some examples of your other work, summarizing at the end.


Pharmaceutical visit

PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2005 3:33 pm
by sj
Thanks for the advice Dave. I don't want to sound like an idiot, but I'm really trying to make a good impression on these people. Does anyone have an idea what type of attire would be appropriate (for a man)? If it was a true job interview, I would obviously wear a suit. However, since they invited me on a recruiting trip of sorts and this is really not an official job interview, I was thinking of just wearing a sport coat and tie. Any thoughts? I know this question might sound childish but I've never been to a big pharma company and really have no idea about the etiquette.



Pharmaceutical visit

PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2005 6:02 pm
by Dave Jensen
Hi S,

In a big pharma company, most people are walking around with ties on, and its always advisable to go a step up from that for a job interview. You won't be looked at strange if you had on a suit, but your jacket and tie (with a nice pair of dress slacks and not Dockers) would probably be OK.

You never know . . . they might think it is a job interview!

Dave Jensen, Moderator
CareerTrax Inc.