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Which type of conference delegate are you?

Which type of conference delegate are you?

This text has been translated from a German original written by Dr. Eliza Leusmann (published in Nachrichten aus der Chemie (April 2018, p. 446)). The drawings are from Maike Hettinger. Answer these eight questions in order to prove once more,...

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Trade fairs for job hunting

Trade fairs for job hunting

Trade fairs are great events, not only for buying or selling equipment, but also for networking and career development. Am I talking about career fairs? No, at the end of this post you´ll know why trade fairs might be better than career fairs for...

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Biological age or academic age?

Biological age or academic age?

In my office I find the application of a female academic in her early forties. The file feels heavy, 22 pages. Once I see that she is applying for a full professorship, I also know why. Fortunately, there is a table of contents, telling me what to...

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Seriously! Do I need to work?

Seriously! Do I need to work?

We are women, the women of the future! In Germany we have been allowed to vote since 1919 and have not had to ask our husbands for a “work permit” since 1977 (wow this is not THAT long ago!!!). Most of us also have a free choice as to whether and...

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Postdoc or not?

Postdoc or not?

Shall I do a postdoc or not? That is a fundamental question that you have to ask yourself before starting to apply for jobs. We believe that in most cases, it is relatively easy to answer this question. You should ask yourself what you would like...

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Overcoming the PhD Stereotype

Overcoming the PhD Stereotype

Guest post from David Giltner, PhD, founder of TurningScience. When I’m honest with myself, I’ll admit that there are two main reasons I got a PhD.  The first was the realization while earning my undergraduate degree that one doesn’t truly become a...

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Return to academia: The price I’m willing to pay

Return to academia: The price I’m willing to pay

Does academia deserve its reputation as a bad employer? And if so, why do some people choose to return? Philipp Gramlich and Karin Bodewits spoke to four scientists moving from the “real world” back into the ivory tower. Read the full length...

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Don´t speak with anyone!

Don´t speak with anyone!

The plane is shaken twice before we get to know the runway. We roll out briefly until we stop in front of the airport building, which is not much bigger than a barn. “Aeroporto Marco Polo Di Venezia.” It looks bleak; only a few men in orange safety...

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Podcast: How to find your dream job

Podcast: How to find your dream job

How to find your dream job? First of all you need to get to know yourself. This is the personal inventory that Tina talked about in podcast #4. Now in order to find a dream job, your own personal dream job, you need to know about the other side as...

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The girl with the gun- hobbies in your CV

The girl with the gun- hobbies in your CV

I'm sitting at the kitchen table with two friends, both team leaders. We talk about the applications they are processing. Blues music echoes from the speakers. An applicant recommended this music to my friend this morning. "You talked to her about...

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220 Shades of Grey

220 Shades of Grey

Wednesday 5:45h, Munich airport. I am at gate 16, Air Berlin. Life is grey, blue, black. Mostly grey. So many men. So many suits. So many shirts. So many shiny shoes. A few pairs of jeans, below a practical Jack Wolfskin coat. Tech staff or...

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The best of both worlds: a PhD in industry

The best of both worlds: a PhD in industry

Valentina Cassinelli is about to finish her PhD in industry. She works on DNA nanostructures at baseclick, a small biotech company in the Munich area. She shared with us why she picked a PhD in industry and what her experiences are. Why a PhD in...

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Part I: Hey boss, I’m pregnant!

Part I: Hey boss, I’m pregnant!

Diana Merian (pseudonym) has just finished her master's degree in aquatic ecology when she found out after a few months that she was pregnant. On the one hand, she is happy that she will be a young mother, but at the same time, there is a fear that...

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From South to North: female scientists in Europe

From South to North: female scientists in Europe

"A smart, independent young woman shuts her eyes, spins a globe, stabs it to a stop with her index finger and says, “There!” Travel companies and advertising agencies make millions from such clichés. And there is a time in an academic’s life – her...

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My industry PhD

My industry PhD

"I learned many things about life in industry, which I would not have learned at the university.“ Mark Zimmer (pseudonym), now lab head at a pharma giant, steered his PhD in industry. He told us why he made this decision, how he found the PhD...

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Jobs in Industry: Production leader

Jobs in Industry: Production leader

If industry as such is the „real life“, then production is the beating heart of this real life. Which challenges await a production leader, how does her everyday life look like? The main task is carrying responsibility. That primarily refers to the...

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The Everyday Engagement project of Sparkol

The Everyday Engagement project of Sparkol

Karin Bodewits is the founder of career platforms ScienceMums and NaturalScience.Careers in Munich. She’s the author of a career guide for female natural scientists, gives seminars and talks, and campaigns to help women bridge the gap between...

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90 decisive seconds of the interview… Pitch it!

90 decisive seconds of the interview… Pitch it!

In most job interviews you will get the possibility to give your own “sales pitch”. It is the answer you give to THE classical question “tell me about yourself”, that mostly follows after a few icebreaking questions about your travel experiences to...

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