COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y. As the life science industry has grown by leaps and bounds, so too have career opportunities. But the choices can be daunting. Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development, a new book published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press (www.cshlpress.com), provides an overview of careers in the life science industry, advice on tailoring a job search, and guidance on making the transition.
Academia generally does not prepare individuals for careers in industry, explains the author, Toby Freedman, Ph.D. This book aims to serve as a resource for making the transitiona transition that I myself have made.
Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development (www.careersbiotech.com) is designed for science students and graduates, active researchers, as well as those in medical, business, legal, high-tech, or engineering professions looking to transition into life science industry. Those already working in industry will find helpful information on how to take advantage of opportunities within their own companies and elsewhere. The book will also be a valuable tool for career guidance counselors, as they assist students in making wiser and more informed choices about a potential career in biotech or pharma.
In the first section of the book, Freedman lays the foundation for job seekers interested in the life science industry. She outlines the advantages and disadvantages of working for a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company, discusses personality characteristics needed to excel in industry, and offers advice for getting ones foot in the door. She provides plenty of practical advice: how to develop skills specifically for industry, how to network with the relevant people, how to research job opportunities, how to write a rsum specifically for industry, and how to successfully tackle a job int
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