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  1. Hi, I was wondering how much grades matter in your masters program for getting a job after graduate school. Should I try insanely hard to get all A's like in undergrad, are a lot of B's totally fine, etc. Basically, will your GPA matter at all for getting a job after grad school as long as it's above a 3.0? Thanks so much for your help!!
  2. I'm currently entering the second year of my PhD program in biomedical sciences. I do not plan to stay in academia for a career and I keep hearing more and more that a masters can actually be better for industry jobs. I'm looking for advice or resources to look for job outlook with a masters in biomedical science (microbiology), in science industry or in things not even relating to science. Also, Any advice on mastering out? Who were you able to talk to in your department to actually set that in motion? How "taboo" was it to deal with and did you face backlash after you decided on it? Any advice or resources would be very much appreciated!
  3. I'm an Environmental Science major/Statistics minor graduating soon. I plan to apply for Statistics graduate programs in the Fall and was wondering if anyone had any advice for finding Statistics related jobs/research experiences for someone fresh out of undergrad-- without a Math, Stats, or Computer Science BS. My institution is small and almost entirely undergrad focused(no math/stats graduate program), so no chance to research there. However, one of my mentors has been helping me get in contact with employers in the area. My hometown (which is where I'll likely be if I don't get a job in the area of my undergrad institution) is in a large city and home to a handful of universities. I noticed that many universities with a Statistics department have a statistical consulting lab on campus-- would it be worth emailing them to see if they have opportunities? I'm a little unsure on what these labs are. I go through LinkedIn regularly searching for terms like "Statistics", "R", "Machine Learning", and "Data science" but feel like my current résumé isn't strong enough to get anything. Any tips for searching for opportunities? Thank you.
  4. In the United States it is not uncommon to apply to academic jobs all over the country. Personally, I do not know a single person who limited his or her search to just one state (i.e. Massachusetts). That being said, the language of instruction and the key aspects of academic culture remain the same coast to coast. In comparison, what is the situation like in Europe, particularly Scandinavia and Switzerland? For example, given that the population of Denmark is comparable in size to that of Massachusetts, how does this affect the academic job market? Is it standard practice for PhDs & lecturers/postdocs located in Denmark to search for their first career placement across Europe [and beyond]? Or do they search for employment primarily on the national academic job market? How do the national differences in language/academic culture fit into this equation? Background: I’m considering PhD/Academic Career in Europe. Ideally, I would like to learn the local language and assimilate as much as possible during the PhD. Given this long-term effort, I would prefer to continue on in the same country following graduation. I’m especially interested in hearing from those with experience in the social sciences and humanities (working or studying in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, or Switzerland). However, please consider contributing even if you do not fit this particular set of criteria. My own experience is in Cult/Soc Anthropology (USA).
  5. Hi everyone, I will be graduating with my MSSA (equivalent to MSW) from Case Western in December 2016. I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips about applying for social work jobs. Here's a little bit about my experience: I do have my Bachelor's of Social Work and my LSW. I'm looking to get a job as a medical/hospital social worker. My BSW field placement was working with those experiencing homelessness, and also helping run a free medical clinic. I had two semesters of field at a cancer treatment center, and my role was providing supportive counseling, resources, and advocating for women with breast cancer as they went through chemo. For my final semester, I am doing my field experience at a children's hospital in the palliative care and bereavement center. I just have some general questions such as when do I start applying, how do I negotiate salary, what can I expect for my first job after graduation. I would love to hear about any experiences you all have had in the job application process and what it is (or was) like having your first job. Thank you!
  6. Hey all, I've been drifting around on the forums for a little while now and after holding back for a while, I'd like to ask for some input. More or less as expected, my first round of applications is pretty much going to be a bust. I am guessing that this is partially due to the fact that I am applying for a Ph.D in Microbiology when I will be receiving a degree with distinction in Plant Science with a minor in Biochemistry. While it is true that my first love had been botany, after taking a grad level microbiology course, I was hooked and never wanted to turn back. Unfortunately, I quickly realized that my alma mater doesn't offer a Microbiology major and I would be unable to switch into just a general Biology degree by the time I had made the switch. So, while waiting for some lovely input from you all here in the forums, my goal is to find some kind of employment that will provide me with the qualifications to pursue a Ph.D in Microbiology (environmental). Based on the fact that environmental microbiology is more or less confined to the realm of academia, at least at the into level, (if not I'd love some insider info) what kinds of job options do you think would provided the necessary experience? I have seen many in pharmaceuticals, quality control, and food QC but I'm not sure that is the path I should take. Yes it provides more experience in general microbiology but is that what the schools will be looking for? While I feel as though I have a good amount of laboratory experience, I don't know that I have the specific experience graduate schools are looking for. I have had 3 years of general lab experience, first in a plant tissue culture lab, second in a USDA Plant Pathology Lab, and most recently working on my senior thesis on the topic of bioremediation. Also, if graduate schools are having second thoughts about accepting me into their programs, are employers in the field of microbiology likely to think along the same lines? *insert dramatic music here* In all seriousness though, I welcome any kind of advice and/or input. Some of you have gone through similar shifts of interest and have been in the same position I'm sure. If you have and tidbits of insight I would be most appreciative. Best wishes, -EdaxFlamma
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