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Career Change

Postby J. A. » Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:22 am

I have been an associate at a large pharmaceutical for approximately 4yrs-but we are all getting axed very soon. Coming out of college with a BA in Biochemistry I was really glossy eyed about the whole industry area however, just having BA in pharma has made me realize that being an associate is a dead end where growth is nil.

Now, that I'm looking a opportunity to change my career path, I would like to stay in science/medicine but I'm not sure which direction to go especially since I'm not married to the whole wet-lab way of life. What advice do you have?
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Re: Career Change

Postby David Taylor » Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:03 am

Hi J.A.,

I think you need to do some basic career exploration. It's hard for us to provide specific advice unless you have an idea as to where you want to take your career.

Where can you see yourself working? What would you like to be doing day-in and day-out, especially if you're not sold on the bench? Is returning to school a possibility? What skills do you have, and which ones do you like to use?

Good luck!
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Re: Career Change

Postby Andy Spencer » Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:41 am

J. A. wrote:... just having BA in pharma has made me realize that being an associate is a dead end where growth is nil ... What advice do you have?


First of all, I disagree that being an associate is a dead end where growth is nil. But, you're looking to change your career path and kudos to you for being proactive. I work at a small biotech at which the CEO and Chairman of the Board (separate people) both have Bachelor's degrees ... and not even in science. Plenty of angles to take for success in the bioscience/health care world. What sounds fun to you? Finance, legal, sales, science on the development side of he equation (as opposed to research)?

Good luck!

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