n 2020 and 2021 (and, to some degree, continuing today) all processes were dramatically impacted by the pandemic as many employees, consultants, and others were restricted from physically working in the office or manufacturing facility, resulting in skeleton crews and largely remote workers. Critical processes throughout the development lifecycle of pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device products were required to transition from in-person to virtual procedures and processes.
Congress has approved a new agency — the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) — that will ‘supercharge’ breakthrough medical research and provide over $1 billion in new research funding.
A fight has broken out, however, over ARPA-H’s headquarters’ location. The Maryland congressional delegation is working to locate it in state, but when a majority in Congress senses a chance to put a prestigious scientific headquarters in their home districts, Maryland likely will not win this battle.
But jockeying for the ARPA-H headquarters overlooks the critical point that little research will take place at the headquarters, just as internal defense research does not take place at the DARPA headquarters in Northern Virginia. Instead, Maryland and the region should be thinking of ways to compete to win ARPA-H grants, regardless of where the headquarters ends up.
Being empowered means knowing what you want, and why you want it. It means taking control and responsibility for your own life and career. It also means standing up to societal norms, going against the status quo, and aligning with your value system.
It’s a word that is used a lot when assessing career satisfaction, especially in the era of the Great Resignation – do you, as an employee, feel empowered in your current workplace? If the answer is “no”, there are a number of ways to help.
More than 30 years ago, American psychologist and researcher Carol Dweck and her colleagues studied the behavior of children who had differing attitudes about success and failure. She realized the underlying beliefs that these kids had led to behaviors that either facilitated their growth, learning, and success or resulted in failure and discouragement. She coined the terms ‘growth mindset’ and ‘fixed mindset’ to describe these beliefs.
The last two years (and, unfortunately, counting…) have been brutal on all of us emotionally. And, among the various ups and downs, we’re gradually realizing that this pandemic may never fully go away. It’s all very taxing on our mental, physical, and emotional currency. We’re weighted by a blanket of pessimism because we’ve been conditioned to believe in the light at the end of the tunnel. In this instance, though, every time we think we’re getting closer to the light the tunnel just seems to get longer.
The solution to finding a career with similar purpose and meaning could await you in the life sciences industries, where we don’t make widgets. We make products that save, protect, enhance, and empower people every day, and we need veterans in our workforce to be successful.
Every month, thousands of military veterans around the world begin their transition out of the military with anywhere between 2 and 20 years of experience in some of the most fast-paced, operationally focused, and regulated environments imaginable. These transitioning service-members and their families all bring an army of benefits to bear for innovative organizations willing to give them a chance.