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Now its my turn to get fired #4752517
05/09/18 11:19 PM
05/09/18 11:19 PM
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San Diego, CA
joaks Offline OP
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So I am not fired yet, but I think it is close. I work at a startup biotech. Got overwhelmed and made bad decisions. Completely my fault. Trying to find a new job before I get fired for real but am not sure if I can make it happen.

I am thinking about getting a regular job. Something not in science, but what would pay okay and would take someone with a PhD? I don't mind if it is outside or difficult etc.

I feel lousy...


2011 Subaru Legacy
Re: Now its my turn to get fired [Re: joaks] #4752520
05/09/18 11:25 PM
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You'll be OK. It'll take a while to land, but you will.

The intersection of Bio-tech (bio) and materials science is a new hot point. Do know if your skills translate, but it could be fun smile


Formerly in marine engineering. In an earlier life I owned my own petroleum tank truck, and hauled for the majors and independent's.
Re: Now its my turn to get fired [Re: joaks] #4752527
05/09/18 11:38 PM
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San Antonio, TX
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Academia? Plenty fertile ground for PhD employment.

Government service of some sort?

Crime lab / forensics?


"No matter how paranoid you are you're not paranoid enough. Tell the truth. Reach as many people as you can with it. That's your weapon." - Susanne Modeski, aka "Holly" to The Lone Gunmen
Re: Now its my turn to get fired [Re: joaks] #4752529
05/09/18 11:40 PM
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San Diego, CA
joaks Offline OP
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Just got out of academia. I'm not too proud to go back though...

Pay is low. I'm not trying to get rich, but probably need to stay in California for my wife's job and it is expensive here.


2011 Subaru Legacy
Re: Now its my turn to get fired [Re: joaks] #4752532
05/09/18 11:45 PM
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San Antonio, TX
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If we knew your specific degree maybe we can offer better suggestions. Guessing it's in life sciences. Not sure of the job market in your area.

Biofuels research?


"No matter how paranoid you are you're not paranoid enough. Tell the truth. Reach as many people as you can with it. That's your weapon." - Susanne Modeski, aka "Holly" to The Lone Gunmen
Re: Now its my turn to get fired [Re: joaks] #4752534
05/09/18 11:49 PM
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joaks Offline OP
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PhD is in molecular biology


2011 Subaru Legacy
Re: Now its my turn to get fired [Re: joaks] #4752539
05/09/18 11:56 PM
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I have a friend with a PhD in Molecular Biology, he specialized himself out of a job in his field. He's been a very successful entrepreneur in personal investing & real estate, both commercial & residential, especially owning rental properties. He hasn't worked for "da man" for over 25 years.

Last edited by Nyogtha; 05/10/18 12:05 AM.

"No matter how paranoid you are you're not paranoid enough. Tell the truth. Reach as many people as you can with it. That's your weapon." - Susanne Modeski, aka "Holly" to The Lone Gunmen
Re: Now its my turn to get fired [Re: joaks] #4752551
05/10/18 12:33 AM
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British Columbia, Canada
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I spent 16 years in post secondary education. I had a very satisfying career (Medicine and Medical Management mostly), but there were other options that would have been satisfying in completely different ways. A few ideas:
(1) fireman
(2) start a small business
(3) forest ranger

Don't limit your thinking to what you've focused on to this point. There are lots of other options.

No-one should be fired for making a mistake. There's an old saying, "The man who makes no mistakes makes nothing." But you need to be able to be objective about what went wrong and accept responsibility for your part of it. Blaming others is not an attractive option.

We all make mistakes. Not learning from your mistakes might be a firing offence.


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Re: Now its my turn to get fired [Re: joaks] #4752552
05/10/18 12:37 AM
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Where the wind comes sweepin'
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Where the wind comes sweepin'
Go work for a supplement company? Research chems are a big thing nowadays.

Re: Now its my turn to get fired [Re: joaks] #4752553
05/10/18 12:41 AM
05/10/18 12:41 AM
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Central Florida
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USA jobs.Gov

Tons of very good jobs working for Uncle Sam.

Re: Now its my turn to get fired [Re: joaks] #4752557
05/10/18 01:40 AM
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Pharmaceutical sales, or some other life science based technical sales; maybe medical components like parts / maintenance for these robotic DaVinci surgical machines, or lab equipment you're familiar with from your school & work experience.

Run for a public office if you want to really get away from science based and rational stuff.


"No matter how paranoid you are you're not paranoid enough. Tell the truth. Reach as many people as you can with it. That's your weapon." - Susanne Modeski, aka "Holly" to The Lone Gunmen
Re: Now its my turn to get fired [Re: joaks] #4752581
05/10/18 04:36 AM
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Do you have any regulatory experience, would you be interested in running/managing Studies for a Pharma ?

Re: Now its my turn to get fired [Re: NGRhodes] #4752585
05/10/18 05:05 AM
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If you learn from your mistakes it's a good thing. If someone lost a life because of a mistake then that's different.

WD-40 got it wrong 39 times....... Look what happened to them.


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Re: Now its my turn to get fired [Re: joaks] #4752594
05/10/18 05:53 AM
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New England
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Plenty of people consistently make bad decisions and stay employed. Strive/Work to improve and give off that impression and take ownership if needed and you stick about.

I am floored who stays and gos at the companies I work at.

Re: Now its my turn to get fired [Re: joaks] #4752597
05/10/18 05:55 AM
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North Carolina
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You sound like a prime candidate for service as a commissioned officer.


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