How to Turn an Internship Into a Full-Time Position

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Whether you’re a current student, a recent graduate, taking a gap year, or simply at the beginning stages of your biotech career, an internship is widely acknowledged as one of the best ways to get your foot in the door of a company or field you’re interested in. Whether it be to enhance your skill set, make connections, or learn more about the life science industry, an internship can be an incredible stepping stone in achieving your future career goals- especially when considering that many successful internships turn into full-time position offers. But how do you get from point A to point B? 

Laid off by Big Tech? Big Pharma Wants You

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Since the beginning of 2022, the tech industry has laid off more than 78,000 employees, according to tracker Layoffs.fyi, with startups and Big Tech firms alike (including Snap, Tesla, Coinbase, TikTok, and Twitter) aggressively thinning ranks. While many of the affected workers have already shuffled, or will, into roles with competitors, there are indications that a growing number of Big Tech expats are finding greener pastures in a previously unexpected place: Big Pharma. There, say recruiters and industry analysts, demand for tech talent is surging, with data science and machine learning skills topping recruiters’ wish lists.
With the first batch of AI-designed drugs moving through clinical trials, drug makers are doubling down on their investments in that area—and waging a war for talent. As recently as July, nearly 43% of pharma companies were hiring for at least one AI position, according to business intelligence firm GlobalData. Some companies were hiring considerably more. Between July 2021 and July 2022, Johnson & Johnson posted nearly 2,500 AI-related job openings; AstraZeneca, more than 1,000 AI jobs; and Takeda, Novartis, and Pfizer each sought to fill 600-plus AI roles. In total, AI jobs accounted for 7% of all new job postings at pharma companies…

These Career Coaches Can Help Take Your Life Science Career to the Next Level

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Sometimes a new set of eyes on your job search strategy or promotion approach can make all the difference in the world. Engaging a career coach or consultant is a great way to enhance what you’re already doing right and learn new techniques to get more from your networking and professional development activities. For employers looking to retain their key talent, providing coaching opportunities is also beneficial, as it shows your organization believes in them, is willing to invest in their future, and cares about their success.

Could Philadelphia Become a Destination for Equity-Minded Life Sciences Training?

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Philadelphia has seen a 127% increase in cell and gene therapy employment since 2019.
That eye-popping stat comes from the University City Science Center’s 2022 report Greater Philadelphia Cell and Gene Therapy Workforce Update, a follow up to the 2020 Cell and Gene Therapy and Connected Health Workforce Analysis study. It translates to potentially thousands of open roles in the region known by the branding obsessed as Cellicon Valley.
And yet, that stat doesn’t necessarily mean Philadelphians in need of wages that would support a higher quality of life are trained for those available life science jobs — or even know they exist.
A Friday morning panel called “Workforce Development in the Life Sciences: Building Skills, Diversity and Education in Philadelphia and Beyond” during the 2022 B.PHL Innovation Fest dove into the barriers and opportunities for the life science industry’s workforce.
Phil Brooks, director of STEM workforce partnerships at the Science Center, and Tia Lyles-Williams, founder and CEO of both LucasPye Bio and HelaPlex, both sat on the panel moderated by Lauren Swartz, president and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.
Brooks’ work centers on exposure to professional opportunities through workforce development programs. Lyles-Williams said HelaPlex, a forthcoming Philly life…

Cecil College Expands Opportunities for Students in Bioproduction

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NORTH EAST, MD. – Bioproduction is the design, development and production of small molecules instrumental in making a wide variety of commercial products such as vaccines, antibodies, biowarfare weapons, even yeasts that produce unique beers.
There is an ever-growing demand for skilled laboratory technicians in the field of bioproduction due to a resurgence of research facilities in the United States, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is especially true in the Philadelphia to Baltimore corridor.
To meet this demand, Cecil College launched two programs to train today’s workforce in the applications necessary for graduates to step into these skilled positions. The first program is an 18 credit Lab Skills certificate that can be completed in two semesters. Students learn the skills of pipetting, molecular cloning, laboratory record keeping, precision measuring, growing cell and microbe cultures, and the ability to sterilize equipment while practicing required sterile techniques.

Pfizer Partners with Morgan State, Launches DrPH Vaccines Fellow Program

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Pfizer Partners with Morgan State, Launches DrPH Vaccines Fellow Program A Pfizer-backed Doctor of Public Health Fellowship at Morgan State University officially kicked off, bolstering the college’s commitment to life [….]

Kite Pharma Invests in Maryland’s Workforce Development Programming

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Kite’s choice to plant roots in Maryland has been a boon to the economy and the region’s life sciences ecosystem. Kite has committed to building strong partnerships with the local community across an array of key constituencies, including workforce development initiatives at local universities and life sciences support organizations. Kite’s goal is to augment existing workforce development programming and to help the region continue building a thriving life sciences workforce. 

Let Me Teach You How to Crush Your Interview

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his was probably the most eye-opening experience for me after starting in Talent Acquisition. I quickly realized why I wasn’t being selected after the few interviews I did receive. It was because I really sucked at interviewing! You think it would be easy, it’s just talking, talking about yourself nonetheless. How hard can that be? But there is definitely a formula and successful way to answer interview questions. In this article, I am going to teach you a ton of helpful tips and tricks so that you can start going into your interviews feeling more prepared and confident.

My Journey From Receptionist to C-Suite – An Object Lesson in Perseverance

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Late last year, I was lucky enough to present at the Novavax Women’s Leadership Forum where I talked about my journey from receptionist to Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). Although not a traditional one, my story seemed to go down well. So when a few colleagues suggested I share my journey.

Kite Launches Program to Attract and Hire Veterans

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Kite’s cell manufacturing facility in Frederick has recently launched what it calls its Veteran Pathways Program. The program is led by veteran hiring program strategist Bre Cameron. Cameron is a Navy veteran with more than a decade of experience in talent acquisition.