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Careers Outside Academia. From Postdoc, to Science Editor to Careers Adviser?? Anne Forde Postdoc Careers Adviser, University of Cambridge. Careers Outside Academia. Career history Discovering likes and dislikes Evolving Career . Careers Outside Academia. Career History……. Education.

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Careers Outside Academia

From Postdoc, to Science Editor to Careers Adviser??

Anne Forde

Postdoc Careers Adviser,

University of Cambridge


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Careers Outside Academia

  • Career history

  • Discovering likes and dislikes

  • Evolving Career


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Careers Outside Academia

Career History……


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Education

1992 BSc Biomedical Sciences, University of Portsmouth

1996 PhD Immunology, University of Dublin,

Trinity College


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Employment History I

1997 Biomedical Scientist – St James Hospital Dublin

1998-2004 Postdoctoral Researcher, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany


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Employment History II

2003-04 German Correspondent, Science Careers

2004-06 Northern European Editor, Science Careers

2004- Freelance Writer – International Journal of Cancer

2006- Postdoc Careers Adviser,

Graduate School of Life Science, University of Cambridge


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Careers Outside Academia

Career history

Discovering likes and dislikes

Evolving Career


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Discovering likes and dislikes

Education –

Options after undergraduate?

Options after postgrad?

Why Postdoc?

The Job Hunt……


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Discovering likes and dislikes

  • The Postdoc experience

  • Research

  • Extra-curricular


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Discovering likes and dislikes

  • Why do I want to leave?

  • What’s the Alternative?

  • Skills ‘analysis’

  • Interests

  • Motivations


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Discovering likes and dislikes

  • Science Careers

  • Working as a Writer/Reporter

  • Training

  • Working as an Editor


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  • Writing and Editing

  • Related Careers…..

  • Mainstream Science Journalism

  • Broadcasting

  • Public relations

  • Science Outreach

  • Science Editing (Journals)

  • Medical Writing


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Discovering likes and dislikes

  • University of Cambridge

  • Working as Careers Adviser

  • Training

  • Level of Interaction

  • Creative

  • Rewarding


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  • Careers Work

  • Related Careers…..

  • Staff Development

  • Human Resources

  • Research Management


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Career History

Discovering likes and dislikes

Evolving Career – What I’ve learned


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Evolving Career – What I’ve learned

  • Be honest with yourself (and others)

  • What do I expect from my paid work?

  • Cultivate a perpheral vision

  • Talk to as many people as possible

  • Career paths can take unexpected turns


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