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Academic Job Dilemma: My PI screwing me over?

I have a staff position in academic research. I received a verbal job offer two and a half weeks ago for a higher position in a different lab, and I gave notice to my current PI (my boss) immediately. I haven't gotten the official job offer yet, and I think my PI might cause me to lose the offer... Also, I'm kind of just freaked out in general and need some fresh eyes. Am I freaking over nothing, or is trouble brewing here? [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on May 11, 2014 - 14 answers

Thinking about a career change, but what exactly to?

I'm currently a records manager for the Feds, but what I really love is the data. I've been thinking that I would like to change over into a more research/policy analyst type of job, but I'm unsure of exactly how to get from here to there. [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible on Apr 22, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me try to figure out what kind of career might be good for me.

Help me try to figure out what kind of career might be good for me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Coffee meeting with a potential employer... the aftermath?

Following a coffee meeting with a potential employer at a major company, I've been asked to complete a research proposal. I've also been asked to submit a vendor registration and will be filing a nondisclosure agreement. If the proposal goes through, it looks as though I'll be completing this project through the company's market research department, but not necessarily as an employee. I'm just wondering if any others have had a similar experience, and if it's a common pre-hiring process. [more inside]
posted by ScarletLark on Oct 24, 2013 - 5 answers

I Need a New Job

I need a new job, and I have no idea what job I might be good at and enjoy. Please give me ideas for some jobs that I haven't thought of. I'm in my late 20s and working as a research analyst for a large firm, and I can't take the feeling that I'm not doing anything worthwhile (or even enjoyable) with my life. I'm not sure what to do. Do you know of any unconventional careers that might be a good fit? Please give me an idea of where to get started. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2013 - 13 answers

So this is research?

How can I stay focused when starting a new job and not get too despairing/frustrated? Research assistant edition. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2013 - 3 answers

How to transition into software without a CS degree

Career advice filter: I'm currently an experienced research assistant at a major research university (three years out of undergrad) who developed serious programming skills working on NLP projects doing parsing and information retrieval. My undergraduate degree is in Linguistics. I'm attempting a career transition into a more purely technical, software-oriented, possibly NLP-flavored position. Do you have any practical advice for ways that I can showcase my programming abilities and/or convince prospective employers that I am solid candidate (despite the lack of CS degree)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2013 - 9 answers

What direction should/can my life take now?

This one might be a doozy. So, I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( this May) with a B.A. in psychology and no idea what to do with my life. ( Original, I know, but bear with me, it gets better.) Everyone around me seems to have what are at least well-outlined 5 year plans, oriented around either grad school or a great entry level job. Certain circumstances in my life though seem to leave me with a vision of the future that doesn't extend far beyond the living room couch and daytime TV for the next 10 years and that frightens me to no end. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jul 6, 2013 - 35 answers

Are you a neuroscientist? Happy in academia? Want to do science...

So I have been working in an entirely different field for the last years and was never entirely sure about what I wanted to do with my life. I am certain at this point that I want to work in a field which involves, you know, nervous systems. Unsurprisingly, I am thinking of academia. [more inside]
posted by epibatidine on May 26, 2013 - 18 answers

Finished PhD; informally meeting with a prof in a different field?

Just got a PhD, don't have a new position lined up, meeting a prof, no obvious goal for conversation, have questions. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Apr 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Undergrad's over... what now?

I wanted to go into academia but I don't have the balls. Now I'm at the cusp of graduation and unsure of what my options are. I'll be finishing up my undergrad at the end of the month barring any unfortunate surprises. I will graduate with a fairly high GPA (although nothing too special) from McGill with a bachelors in Biology. I've always loved the idea of academia, but for the last year I've been reading articles that practically plead for me to stay away. My past considerations have focused around research, but med school and bio/biotech industry have also crossed my mind. There's also a whole world outside of science that I've never really considered. I've dabbled in graphic design in high school. It was really fun, but I always figured that I would make a better academic. I'd imagine most jobs I'd be interested in would involve reading/learning, information analysis, and stuff like that. I think I'm fairly well versed at communication, both written and spoken, but probably rusty in both in non-academic contexts. Honestly I do care about money. I expect to work hard, and I expect to be paid well for what I do. I'd also like to be paid for my expertise, not just for 'doing things.' [more inside]
posted by Strass on Apr 6, 2013 - 14 answers

Grinding along the Research Assistant career path

I'm a baby Australian scientist trying to earn experience and cash prior to embarking on a PhD, but landing a relevant job is turning out to be a bit of an ordeal. [more inside]
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Mar 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me discover some work that matches my interests!

I'm 31 years old and looking for a career change. I've come to love research and I've always loved reading nonfiction and true crime as well as the exposé articles often published by alternative weeklies. What are some careers that would fit these interests, and how do I work my way towards those careers? [more inside]
posted by averageamateur on Mar 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Research career post-PhD?

Defending and depositing my engineering dissertation by end of April. Strained relations with advisor and distant relations with committee. What next, and how? Please advise. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2013 - 10 answers

Am I doing the wrong thing here?

Science grad school application filter: I have informally (but explicitly) accepted a graduate assistant position (in conservation biology) at my current undergraduate institution. I am now having second thoughts and am wondering what, if anything, I should do about it. Help me, Hive Mind! I don't know what to do! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Since the position of "Prince William's Wife" has been filled...

I want a job where I can: research/gather information, organize and do basic, preliminary analysis on said information, write reports. But not a paralegal, not in academia, probably not in tech. What field with a decent employment outlook would allow me to utilize my strengths? [little long inside, sorry!] [more inside]
posted by peacrow on Nov 27, 2012 - 21 answers

You mean *I* get a say in salary talk? Wha?

I was recently contacted by a recruiter and in the last month have been through several interviews, the last taking place today. Now, the recruiter's called to ask if I am ready to take the next step and has asked about my salary expectations. What? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2012 - 15 answers

Just how common are abusive situations in academia? How do you survive and is it even worth it?

My girlfriend is 5 years in to a PhD program with an abusive (verbal, emotional, and mental) PI/lab. This seems to be a common theme in academia, just how common is it? How do you go about graduating if they seem to be working against you (assuming no fault on your part)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2012 - 12 answers

So I want to be a tree hugging scientist...

What skills should I be developing while in university as to work as an ecologist, environmental scientist, something similar in the future? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Oct 27, 2011 - 18 answers

Shifting into research - how?

Are there any options for getting research lab experience long after completing my undergrad degree? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Aug 3, 2011 - 9 answers

Be a rich man if I could.

What's it like to work at a contract research organization? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jun 11, 2011 - 2 answers

Also, I'm not to keen on working for free, either, unless that's not as outlandish a concept as I perceive it to be.

Thinking way, way ahead filter: I would like an industry internship for summer 2012, between the first and second year of my MSc in Biochemistry program. How do I go about securing it? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Apr 15, 2011 - 3 answers

Life after PhD?

Is doing a neuroscience PhD useful to enhance my job prospects generally, not just in research? If I choose to leave science after graduating, what would a PhD get me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2011 - 12 answers

Graciously Backing Out of an Undergraduate Research Position

What is the most gracious way for me to back out of the undergraduate research I said I would take up for the upcoming fall semester, given that I've spent two semesters working in the lab already? I don't want the people I worked with to have a bad impression of me because of the fact that I demonstrated so much interest in and commitment to their field only to quit prematurely. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2011 - 12 answers

Looking for career website benchmark reports

Where can I find benchmark reports and general best practices about company career websites? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Nov 8, 2010 - 1 answer

High IQ = Life Success?

I am looking for research / articles about highly intelligent people (high IQs) and their careers. Specifically, I want anything that documents whether a correlation exists between being a hyperintelligent child genius and having a successful career later on. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Oct 7, 2010 - 12 answers

Should I do a biochemistry PhD?

Should I do a PhD with a view to a research career? I'm an undergraduate bioscientist in the UK, and I think science is awesome - is that enough? [more inside]
posted by teraspawn on Sep 1, 2010 - 12 answers

Should I quit or continue?

Requesting advice with my career in computer science. Briefly, should I stay or should I go? [more inside]
posted by gadha on Nov 22, 2009 - 6 answers

What makes a good academic scholar?

Where can I find personal stories of popular scholars on their life as students, phd candidates and/or professors? [more inside]
posted by jfricke on Nov 12, 2009 - 12 answers

MBA-filter: are there any recent studies about the impact of earning an MBA on career success?

MBA-filter: are there any recent studies about the impact of earning an MBA on career success? [more inside]
posted by kaufmajm on Sep 1, 2009 - 9 answers

I love to research. What can I do?

Does my dream job exist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2009 - 16 answers

Career-filter: possibilities after PhD in history, with interests in socio-economic issues

Career-filter: Yes, yet another long question about "what can I do with myself?" In this case, what are the other (non-obvious) possibilities for someone working on a PhD in history, with interests in socio-economic issues? [more inside]
posted by jb on May 10, 2009 - 9 answers

How to get a public policy research job in DC?

I'm a recent master's graduate in Applied Economics (Concentration: Community and Economic Development), and I’m looking for a research position with the government or a consulting firm that performs public policy-related research (e.g. The Urban Institute, Brookings, Pew Research Center, etc.). I've had no luck to this point (been looking for about two months), and I'd like some advice. [more inside]
posted by bcredrabbit on Mar 30, 2009 - 10 answers

Less Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, More Economist

How do I get published in policy and trade magazines? [more inside]
posted by Spurious on Oct 30, 2008 - 4 answers

Finding the Walls to Breakthrough

What are the modern fields in science currently under crisis? [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone on May 6, 2008 - 23 answers

Where do I start?

How can I find out what my career prospects are in market research? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Jul 25, 2007 - 3 answers

Researching the software development scene

How do I approach software companies for information on getting future jobs? [more inside]
posted by jacalata on Jun 21, 2006 - 7 answers

Call me Sourdust

Another librarian wannabe rears their head. [more inside]
posted by ursus_comiter on May 6, 2005 - 14 answers

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