Before subscribing to Science Mentor’s blog I was not familiar with informational interviews. After having my share of informational interviews I have learned a few things along the way. Here are my tips for informational interviews:
Last week I was reading Biochem Belle’s blog post, Changing Course, Part 3: Open exploration. This post was a continuation post and she shared how the myIDP tool helped her figure what she wanted to do next in her career. After spending time on the myIDP tool she discovered, MySciCareer.com. Since I never heard MySciCareer I had to explore and decided this would be a be a great double Feature Spotlight on Science/Mademoiselle Scientist post. Thank you, Biochem Belle for sharing this resource and I look forward to reading more about your changing course series!
Spotlight on Science/Mademoiselle Scientists: MySciCareer:
MySciCareer was founded by two Mademoiselle Scientists that are biochemists, Eva Amsen and Lou Woodley. Eva is the Outreach Director at F1000 Research and Lou is currently a freelance community engagement specialist. Another cool thing about these Mademoiselle Scientists is that they are both bloggers and are big on science outreach. They both have lots of writing and blogging up their sleeve. Eva launched and ran the developmental biology blog, the Node, shares her musician side on her blog, MusiSci, and blogs on easternblog.net and The Finch and Pea. Lou founded and served as Managing Editor of BlueSci Magazine, If you want to see more of her, check out her blog, Social in Silico, where she integrates people, science and technology.
For the past few months I have been hearing a lot about alternative science research careers, specifically science policy, patent law, science communication and science journalism. About a month and a half ago I attended the Association of Women in Science (AWIS) Career Panel on Science Policy and Education hosted by the AWIS-Baltimore. This was a career panel of women in different policy and education positions.
Science policy is the branch of public policy that is the bridge between science and the public. It involves scientific issues, education, advocacy and everything else that goes into science policy. A balance of writing, communication, and oral skills are key skills to have in a science policy position.
Now there are many recent graduate PhD scientists that are exploring alternative science research careers, such as science policy. The good thing about the science policy field is that you get the opportunity to apply your extensive scientific knowledge that can make an impact on the public. For this career corner post I am going to share my reflection after attending an AWIS career panel on science policy and participating in a NSBE twitter chat on science policy. Continue reading Careers: Science Policy Reflection – AWIS & NSBE Mashup
A few months ago I attended the ACS Webinar, “No Mentor Available? Mentor Yourself”. After attending this webinar, my take-home message was the importance of keeping a journal. I used to keep daily journals for most of my life, but one day I stopped. This webinar gave me the push I needed to start daily journaling again. Specifically, journaling for self-mentoring. Self-mentoring is not as complicated as it may seem. If you want to find out more about self-mentoring check out the Science Mentor’s Blog. This blog has many resources for early career scientists. If you want to find out more about this webinar or upcoming webinars check out the ACS Webinars site.
When you decide to start journaling for self-mentoring you want to make sure you are committed. Whether you are a student or working in your field as a scientist, keeping a journal will help you stay on track. Journals are a good way to track your career progress and reflect on the past.
In comparison to a To-Do-List, a journal can provide a way for you to see what you did exactly at each point in time and examine the outcome, good or bad. Think of your journal as a meeting with the CEO. When you self-mentor you are your own CEO. You are the person that is planning your future, making changes and taking action. If you keep a detailed journal you can avoid making the same mistakes over and over. If something does not work, troubleshoot and find a solution. If something works reward yourself and realize that you are one step closer to achieving your career goals.
Starting a journal is the first part of self-mentoring. Will you start keeping a journal? Comment below.