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career fair

PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 1:55 pm
by Raju
I recently attended biomedical career fair of my university. There were many pharma, consulting, IP, and medical communication firms in attendance. Almost all the consulting firms told me that they look at technical abilities as of utmost importance. I asked as to how they assess technical abilities. My question was is it based on number and quality of papers. They said that they don't consider papers but recruit exclusively from top 10 schools. When I told them that I am a PhD from middle ranked school but doing postdoc in ivy league, his interest appeared to decline. However he said that they might consider me as I am at least now being exposed to high-level science. Similar response from IP firms, but they said that volunteering at technology transfer office and passing patent exam might overcome disadvatage from low tier PhD.