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Urgent Question: Picking the job

PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2005 2:49 am
by Gusatvo
Hello everyone. I have recently been interviewing with a couple of companies and I am confused who to pick and how. I am doing my Masters in Biotech part-time and focusing on the biology side of the program. I dont have the strongest science background, but all my work experience (2yrs) has been in the lab. The positions I am offered are 1) in a hospital working within a cardiovascualar lab doing lab tech stuff. I like it because of my exposure to the lab. But in the long term I am not sure if it has all the benefits that will be good for me to use to transition into big pharam or biotech companies.

The second offer is from is a small Biotech company that wants me to work part-time as a lab assistant- tech stuff- stocking, cleaning, chemical prep, conducting experiments, developing, etc. and teh opportunity to transition into a full-time position. Good because I'll have exposure in biotech company. Negative because I wont be given much responsibility.

The first job has room for me to work a lot and even get published to a small degree. This will be my first job at an entry-level. I am only 22 yrs as well and I understand from other posts that my first job will not be the most interesting or demanding.

Can I have some guidance as to how to decide how to choose which path: research experience vs. atmosphere and network experience.

Thanks everyone! have a great weekend. Go Pats!

Urgent Question: Picking the job

PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2005 5:22 am
by Per
If the hospital lab has good connections with one or more biotech/pharma companies I would at least consider it carefully. This is because it is a full time position and if this position gives you some responsibilities it also gives you the opportunity to show who you are and what you can do.

On the other hand, if the small biotech company has solid finances (at least sufficient for running the company for a couple of years) and you belive that the possibility to get a full time position are good this position would probably result in more responsibilities for you. Small biotechs usually canĀ“t afford to have full time staff not being responsible for anything.

Urgent Question: Picking the job

PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2005 9:59 am
by Doug
The answer to this depends on what you value in a job. My time at a small biotech company was wonderful. I think in general, if you go into a job and perform beyond expectations, you can actively take on more responsibility (as opposed to waiting for it to be handed to you). In small biotech companies, it's my impression (and experience, with n=1) that you'll likely have much more flexibility to grow with the job.
Also, if you enjoy biotech and plan to stick with it, do you feel like you'll gain as much from being in the cardio lab as opposed to the biotech lab, with respect to, say, learning the industry and picking up on relevant technical skills?

Urgent Question: Picking the job

PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2005 10:25 am
by Lora
I'd go with the lab that will let you publish, myself. It's very very very rare to work in industry and get published at an entry-level job; more often, you find that your lab reports end up being compiled into your boss' publication, with nary a mention to your credit--and sometimes your boss will ask you to do the compiling and manuscript authoring, too. At least as a grad student, you get some authorship credit for that work.

You might be able to call the biotech hiring manager up and explain that someone else has offered you the opportunity to publish, and see what they say. They might ante up and figure, it doesn't cost them anything to put your name on there, at least as a second author or something.

Urgent Question: Picking the job

PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2005 7:58 pm
by Val
Gusatvo wrote:

> I have recently been interviewing with a couple
> of companies and I am confused who to pick and
how.

Find the people who worked there, and ask them how it felt working there. Or, identify a friend whose friend works there.

If the topic is "right" for you but the working and social conditions are crap, you will be unhappy at work, you will want to leave soon and you will learn nothing. On the other side, if the topic of work is not exactly where you wanted to be, but working conditions are good, you will make a good progress, get noticed, and your further career will have a good start.

(A bit of philosophy: people tend to think that they are in control of their career, while the truth is exactly opposite -- their environment solely decides what their career would be).

Regards,
Val