The average “job” lasts three to five years, and a person may hold more than 10 “jobs” over the course of their career. As scientists, it is common for us to experience changes in jobs or career direction several times, even in specialized scientific fields such as toxicology.
It’s important for scientists on any level to master an “elevator speech.” During a 2018 Scientific Session, experts and early career scientists provided useful tips and advice on how to make a good first impression by improving your cadence and body language, as well as examples of what not to do.
For graduate students, life comes at you fast. After many years balancing course work, teaching assistantships, research, comprehensive exams, thesis writing, and the eventual defense, students find themselves no longer asking about biochemical pathways, but are instead asking about career pathways.
Dr. Ganey highlights the Society’s commitment to and the importance of mentoring and provides updates on SOT’s partnerships with the Japanese Society of Toxicology (JSOT) and the International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX).
The SOT Career Resource and Development Committee (CRAD) has been examining the Society’s mentoring programs and is ready to begin developing new resources and opportunities for SOT members.