Monday, November 21, 2016
Cornell BEST teamed up with BEST colleagues at UNC to provide an opportunity for BESTies to participate in their TIBBS (Training Initiatives in Biomedical Biological Sciences) Career Blitz on Nov. 15 and an ELITE (Enhancing Local Industry Transitions Through Exploration) PPD Site Visit in the morning of Nov. 16. ELITE is a collaborative effort from NIEHS and Duke University to visit local biomedical companies.
The Career Blitz involved over 20 PhD-trained scientists from different career paths to answer participant questions about what they do, how they navigated their career paths, and how those interested can follow in their footsteps.
PPD is a contract research organization within the Research Triangle Park, NC. Their site visit ended with panel discussion of PPD scientists from Medical Writing, Regulatory Affairs, Biostatistics, HR recruiting, as well as someone from project management.
Four selected Cornell BESTies were able to take part: Oriana Teran, Biochemistry Molecular and Cell Biology, Daniel Cheung, Biomedical Engineering, Nikolai Rakhilin, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Maria Liberti, Molecular Biology and Genetics. Although the latter two have moved to Duke University because their advisors changed affiliations, they will both ultimately get Cornell degrees and thus were eligible to participate. They joined a group from the UNC BEST Program to network and learn about the multiple careers available to PhDs.
See below what they have to say about their experience.
Overall I felt that the event really expanded my view of potential career paths. There were many interesting speakers in all different disciplines, but the simultaneous discussion sessions and overlapping networking sessions only allowed me to talk to a handful of people out of the large range of speakers. I am still trying to decide on a career track and I wish that I could have had a chance to talk to some of the other speakers which were unreachable because of overlapping speaking/networking schedules.-Nikolai Rakhilin
The [speaker] list really encompasses a full range of different career paths and it would be great to hear first-hand perspectives and experiences.-Maria Liberti