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midlife career change

Postby Lynn » Wed Oct 27, 2004 3:39 pm

I completed a combined bachelors degree in microbiology/biotechnology/genetics last year. The studies were on and off for several years while I would take breaks to work in an unrelated field to make money for school. I am now ready to leave my job and go into the sciences fulltime in a job or masters program. I did not keep in touch with professors, so I only have two letters of recommendation in hand. I also worry I have been away from the bench too long. I would like these concerns addressed as well as any careers I could consider that would be rather portable, i.e. I would not have to be attached to a corporation or large university. Thank you!
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Postby Dave Jensen » Wed Oct 27, 2004 4:49 pm

Hi Lynn,

Sounds to me like you have a lot of thinking to do about the different paths you have in front of you. Are you truly interested in bench science at this point? I can't think of ANY job that is "portable" where you can do bench science. However, if you were in the sales area, a sales rep with a background in science is a good career. It's just that it is very far from real science. You'd be home-based, working for a corporate entity however, and calling on your customers, who would be scientists. Any company that sells products or services to the life sciences would be interested in your background.

Very hard to think of other portable jobs . . . scientific recruiter, science writer/communication specialist, validation consultant, etc.

I don't think your lack of current recommendations would hurt you to get into a MS program, if that were your preference, as long as you had decent grades in your undergrad program and logical explanations for all time that has lapsed.

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Postby Bryan Wilson » Thu Oct 28, 2004 10:31 am

Thank you for your support in advance. I am hardly in the middle stage of my life, but the second part of this thread fits me like a glove. I graduated from a liberal arts college last year with a degree in the social sciences and an interest in working for the government policy community. Although I earned the positions I was seeking, I had a strong allergic reaction to Washington DC, and then an equally strong allergic reaction to the business community, which I viewed as an alternative career path at the time. I observed (I wonder if too late) that in the modern economy, most of the real contributors have science or law degrees. I showed greater aptitude for biology and medicine in high school than in any other subject matter, but along with many of the selected students in my generation, was lured to pursue a largely superfluous undergraduate academic track in "international studies". My grades were sufficient to earn me compensation, but (in finding few role models to follow in the most promising career options - mainly law) I am thoroughly uninspired by what the future holds in store for me and I find myself considering starting anew with a career in medicine. The former governor of my state, a man now famous for his run on the presidency, Howard Dean, pulled this off with flying colors. Is it out of the question for someone like myself - one year out of a top liberal arts program - to do the same?
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Postby Dave Jensen » Thu Oct 28, 2004 1:13 pm

Bryan, this isn't the place to discuss careers in medicine or politics, ala Howard Dean, but I do wish you the best of success in your future plans.

Anyone can go back to school and change their future, I'm sure of it. What we can't help you with is the reaction of medical schools to your interest.

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Postby Validation Consultant » Wed Nov 17, 2004 11:51 am

Validation COnsulting sounds like it perfect for you. You can go anywhere.
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Postby Validation Consultant » Wed Nov 17, 2004 11:52 am

Validation Consulting sounds like its perfect for you. You can go anywhere.
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