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  • The Humble PhD and Postdoc

    Thomas Magaldi, PhD

    Director of Science Alliance

  • The PhD

    If you are smart enough to earn a PhD, you are smart enough not to pursue one!

    Someone who does not understand the value of a PhD

  • From the Bench to the Academy

    PhD, Yale University, May 2012 Research Fellow, National Cancer Institute, August 2012 Director of Science Alliance, The Academy, May 2013

  • Blissful Ignorance/Denial(1st year)

    Anger (2nd year)

    Bargaining (3rd year)

    Self Pity (4-5th years)

    Knowledge, Acceptance and Action

    My Graduate School Experience:

  • My Postdoc Experience: Blissful Ignorance/Denial(1st week)

    Anger (2nd week)

    Bargaining (3rd week)

    Self Pity (4-5th week)

    Knowledge, Acceptance and Action

  • Going through graduate school and your postdoc can be an emotional roller-coaster

  • Going through graduate school and your postdoc can be an emotional roller-coaster

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGSzqqcl62c

  • A Quick Berkeley LinkedIn Search Titles Medical Science Liaison Faculty Director of Marketing Equity Analyst Consultant Founder and CEO Medical Science Manager Chief of Discovery Chief Scientific Officer

    Industry

    Academia Marketing Consulting Finance Big Pharma Biotech Startups Outreach Medical Education

  • What aspects of graduate school and/or a postdoc do you find to be

    the most challenging?

  • Have you ever felt like one of the characters from the Wizard of Oz?

    Grass is Always Greener

    Imposter

  • Definitions

    No Heart you have lost your passion for research No Courage you are no longer willing to take risks Unrealistic you believe that your situation is better

    or worse than it is in reality Imposter Syndrome you are worried that someone

    will find out that you are not very bright No Brains you are making mindless mistakes in the

    lab and not using your time efficiently

  • Why did I lose my passion for science?

    Employment of PhDs

  • Why do you love Science?

  • How do you regain that passion?

    Attend scientific talks outside of your discipline Listen to general news programs about science (Radio lab and Science Fridays)

    Find opportunities to teach and mentor children Find opportunities to talk about science in the

    community

  • Rewarding Your Accomplishments

  • Treat.Yo.Self!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsABTmT1_M0

  • Celebrate your accomplishments

    Big Publishing a paper Awards and honors Grant or fellowships Small Successful committee meeting Difficult experiment finally works* Abstract accepted for a conference

  • Definitions

    No Heart you have lost your passion for research No Courage you are no longer willing to take risks Unrealistic you believe that your situation is better

    or worse than it is in reality Imposter Syndrome you are worried that someone

    will find out that you are not very bright No Brains you are making mindless mistakes in the

    lab and not using your time efficiently

  • Are you risk averse?

  • Are you conducting boring science?

  • Under what conditions do you conduct your best science?

  • Conducting Innovative Science

    Can you find time and gain support to conduct outside of the box experiments? Start your own company

    Join a do it yourself biology lab

    Forge novel collaborations

  • Calculated risk not recklessness

  • Learned Helplessness

  • Is learned helplessness preventing you from seeking new career opportunities?

  • A PhD provides a plethora of career options

    Degree in

    STEM

  • Definitions

    No Heart you have lost your passion for research No Courage you are no longer willing to take risks Unrealistic you believe that your situation is better

    or worse than it is in reality Imposter Syndrome your are worried that

    someone will find out that you are not very bright No Brains you are making mindless mistakes in the

    lab and not using your time efficiently

  • Is the grass really always greener?

    Me People who did not pursue a PhD

  • What are the advantages to gaining a PhD in STEM ?

  • Graduate School and Postdoc Perks

  • Exploiting these perks

    Take advantage of courses and training opportunities offered at Berkeley Use flexible time to pursue other interests and

    develop other skills Meet as many brilliant people as possible Occasionally conduct radical experiments

  • Hard Times: Education and Employment, 2013 Georgetown University

    People with graduate degrees suffer lower rates of unemployment

  • Hard Times: Education and Employment, 2013 Georgetown University

    People with graduate degrees earn more $

  • Definitions

    No Heart you have lost your passion of research No Courage you are no longer willing to take risks Unrealistic you believe that your situation is better

    or worse than it is in reality Imposter Syndrome you are worried that someone

    will find out that are not very bright No Brains you are making mindless mistakes in the

    lab and not using your time efficiently

  • Do you feel that you dont belong?

  • Symptoms

    Fear of being discovered as a fraud Every failed lab experiment makes you feel

    more inadequate Distorted reality Unrealistic expectations for yourself

  • Consequences

    Downshifting career goals Failing to take risks

    Neglecting to ask intelligent questions

    Decline opportunities to be evaluated

  • Remedies

    Accept praise when it is given

    Record your accomplishments

    Talk to your peers about your concerns; create a

    support group for students and postdocs

    Seek professional counseling *

  • Definitions

    No Heart you have lost your passion for research No Courage you are no longer willing to take risks Unrealistic you believe that your situation is better

    or worse than it is in reality Imposter Syndrome you are worried that someone

    will find out that are not very bright No Brains you are making mindless mistakes in

    the lab and not using your time efficiently

  • Having a PhD does not make you smart

  • Having a PhD does not make you smart

    A + B = C

    A

    B

    C

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pWSwfVDiq8

  • Just because your working hard doesn't mean you are being productive

  • Organize and Prioritize

  • Productivity vs hours worked

    Hours worked per person engaged

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  • What are bad reasons to stay late in the lab?

    To create the illusion of working hard

    To avoid exploring other career opportunities

    To appease a guilty conscience

    To compete with your lab mates

    To avoid having to deal with reality

  • Clear Your Head Everyday

  • Learn Something Outside of Your Field

  • Where can you take a break from lab?

  • Take a Break

    SMART Mentoring Student Mentoring and Research Teams

    http://smart.berkeley.edu/http://smart.berkeley.edu/http://smart.berkeley.edu/

  • Discover the Possibilities

    December 8th, 2014

    Fifty exceptional students and early career scientists (MS, PhD, postdoc) will be selected for this unique opportunity to interact with PepsiCo's R&D leadership, learn about their efforts to develop products rooted in science-based nutrition, and get an exclusive glimpse of how science has shaped their careers.

    For more information & registration, visit: www.nyas.org/PepsiCo

    http://www.nyas.org/PepsiCo

  • What Every International Student and Postdoc Should Know About US Employment

    Monday, September 22, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Interested in hearing how H-1B sponsorship happens from the inside? Dan Beaudry, former head of campus recruiting at Monster.com, shares the potent job search system used by many international students and postdocs to find U.S. employment.

    For more information & registration, visit: www.nyas.org/H1B2014

    http://www.nyas.org/H1B2014

  • Grantsmanship for Graduate Students and Postdocs

    Thursday, October 9, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM The ability to write research grants is now more important than ever. Therefore, graduate students and postdocs should be practicing grant writing skills early in their careers by applying for fellowships. Moreover, concise and persuasive writing skills are not only vital for a career in academia, but are essential for all career opportunities.

    www.nyas.org/Grantsmanship

    http://www.nyas.org/Grantsmanship

  • I Forgot a Character!

  • What pressures might your PI be under?

  • Its not easy being a PI

  • An Extreme Power Imbalance

  • Some Effective Tips Communication skills are vital

    Learn how to manage conflict (http://grad.msu.edu/conflictresolution/)

    You have certain rights that a