The internship at VR provided me with an invaluable insight into the Swedish working culture at a public organization. It also improved my Swedish language skills; I got the chance to meet new co-workers, learn about the research infrastructure of Sweden as a whole, and discuss topics that are important for the development of the… Read More 3-month Internship at Vetenskapsrådet/Swedish Research Council (VR): a postdoc experience
About a year ago, I put myself into a poisonous comfort zone. I made peace with the laboratory routine so that I would not entertain the idea of doing something else. I was clearly suffering from the so-called pipette syndrome: considering staying in the lab just because I felt comfortable holding a pipette. Was it… Read More Overcoming My Pipette Syndrome – My Internship At VR
While struggling to remember people’s names (most of them seem to be Anna or Maria, how can I still get that wrong?), or to recognize the right floor (it’s the one with the black sofas and red carpet, not the one with the black carpet and red sofas) I realize it has been 4.5 years since I… Read More Testing the water: my internship at VR
Guest Blog post by Gonçalo Brito PhD student, CMB Department (Goncalo.email@example.com) https://www.linkedin.com/in/goncalombrito/ It is not uncommon to hear friends telling me how much they miss those student years at university, when life was more about having fun and less about important decisions. While nobody can escape grown up life for too long, academia has this… Read More #15 All I want for Christmas… is that post-PhD first job
Guest blog post by Giulia Gaudenzi, PhD student and participant in the course Career Skills for Scientists and the internship program for PhD-students. In September/October 2017 she did an internship with “Vetenskap och Allmänhet”. “In 1700, in Western Europe, there were some 400 different kinds of jobs you could choose from. Nowadays, there are approximately 500,000“.… Read More Scientist in disguise…
To be good at something – you need to practise. This counts for everything, also networking and pitching yourself. Career Service at Karolinska Institutet arranges regularly mingles for companies and organisations as part of the two internship programmes they offer, one for PhD students, and one for postdocs and early career researchers. 12 companies and… Read More Prepare, practise, perform!
I’ve recently taken a career course organized by KI career service office. Below is a portrait from my course assignment about a person, whom I interviewed and is currently working in the life science industry. Mikael Hanson is a Senior Project Manager for Global Commercial Development at AbbVie – a global biopharmaceutical company. Mikael… Read More Find the passion and show you can do it!