BioBM Principal Consultant Carlton Hoyt has written an editorial for PostDocsForum on graduate students and post-docs moving outside science titled “A Flood of Life Scientists: The Practical Guide to Escaping the Crowd by Escaping the Bench”. The editorial, which is broken up into multiple parts, frames the issue of the relative lack of quality life science jobs compared to the number of trainees then goes on to explain ways to build and execute a strategy for moving away from bench science. The second part in the series has been posted today and you can read it in its entirely on PostDocsForum. This post focuses on figuring out if you will be successful as a scientist and how to choose an alternate but related career as well as determine what skills you will need in your new career path.
The first post, which frames the problem of there being too many aspiring life science PhDs and post-docs and the need for self-driven career mobility and professional development, can be found here.
The third part will be posted next week. We’ll let you know when it is.