As this year comes to a close, it's always nice to take time to reflect on what transpired in 2017 from a work perspective, and to take inventory of your progress against professional and personal goals.
I think something that I have to keep in mind is that the organization I work for is not responsible or even interested in my professional development. I mean, they want my work for them to be an all consuming endeavor...but ultimately...if I am unhappy, I need to identify the avenues that fulfill that professional drive beyond my 8-5.
I write a little about this in my book...but there are a about 128 hours in a week that exist beyond the 40 hours you work.
What are you doing with those hours?
How are those hours satisfying your inner drive?
Does the lack of development beyond your job translate into professional frustration?
Could dedicated development during those 128 hours translate into a more fulfilling work week?
I don't know that answer to these questions - but I think it's important to ask yourself these questions and evaluate how you invest that time. Of course, some of it is filled with time at the gym, grocery shopping, family, volunteer work, other interests. Those are all important. But, what about other business interests? What about classes at night to help you pivot into the next phase of your career in your current field...or a completely different line of work?
Give it some thought. As Abe Lincoln said, "Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend 4 hours sharpening the ax." Take some time sharpening your ax before you dig into 2018.
Happy New Year everyone! Be safe.
As you look for potential places to interview, a place that has some stability might be important. Here is a brief video summarizing the top pharma companies and look at other aspects of their business. Enjoy
Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you get to enjoy some time with family and friends today. There is truly nothing more important. Enjoy!
I love "Top..." lists. Especially now as we end 2017. Over the next few weeks, you will likely see more of this from me. Here is what Fierce Pharma sees as the top 15 currently in biotech. Click on any of the names below and it will take you to the full article.
Obviously, some of these companies are buyout targets by bigger players...but consider doing some research and you may find opportunities to interview and potentially land a new job.
So, for what it's worth. Here are the top places to work according Glassdoor.
Below is the top 10 from the list.
2) Bain & Company
3) Boston Consulting Group
4) In-N-Out Burger
8) Worldwide technology
9) St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
10) Ultimate Software
Click here for the full list of 100. Please note that there is also a list for small and medium size companies.
Click here for the methodology.
If you don't question your abilities from time to time...or wonder if you have what it takes to reach the next rung of the career ladder...then your likely not human.
The truth is, everyone struggles with self doubt.
The good news is knowing that we all do in fact share this struggle. Here is a link to the article with some thoughts on how to overcome these character traits. Below is a list of those traits.
2) Time Management
3) Influence & Friendship
Regardless of what fuels your self doubt - take some time to step back...reflect on where you've come from...reflect on the blessings in your life you do have...and help those in your world that have bigger issues or problems. All of a sudden, the self induced pressure...and self induced self doubt...will wither away.
Take care everyone,
Ever wonder how interviewers can peel back the layers of your interview response to really get to the core of what they want to know? It's not easy...for sure. There is a lot of information regarding behavior based interviewing...and today's candidates come loaded with lots of "STAR" examples.
That said, some other industries are trying some old and new ways to get beyond the "canned" answers. I came across this article in HBR and found it valuable.
Here is a link to the full article. Below are the highlights.
1) The interviewer will coach you (this isn't new of course)
2) The interviewer will interview you within a group of other candidates - all in the same room (never experienced this myself)
3) Test the "fit" by discussing culture (makes sense)
It's an interesting read and can give you insight into how other industries approach interviewing. And, if anything, can prepare you for a new wrinkle in pharma interviews.
Have a great day!
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