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Submitted by Lori Conlan October 22, 2010
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Thanks to all who participated in yesterday's online chat on careers in big pharma. We had a RECORD 314 visitors for the chat! Our next "A Day in the Life of..." online chat will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2010, from 12noon - 1pm. Stay tuned for the featured career. Today I'd like to share two new NIH resources with you. One is an upcoming online chat for all trainees considering graduate or professional school. The other is a fabulous website with information on genomics careers for trainees at all levels.

1) Next week, on Thursday, October 28 at 12noon EST, OITE will be hosting:

Getting In: Everything You Need to Know about Graduate and Professional School Admissions This online chat will be hosted by Dr. Pat Sokolove, Deputy Director of the Office of Intramural Training and Education, and Dr. Bill Higgins, Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Maryland and Pre-professional Advisor for trainees at the NIH, and an expert on getting to graduate and professional school and succeeding there. Bring your questions to this live chat to learn more about the ins and outs of applying to graduate and professional school. Click here to set up a reminder email for yourself for next week's event.

2) Genomics Careers

A colleague of mine in the OITE Career Center emailed me recently about a website created by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), highlighting genomics careers. I figured it was just another list of links to different career sites out there, but I visited the site and was impressed both by the breadth of careers featured and by the clever design of the site. Genomics Careers invites you to rate careers of interest after reading about them, so you can track your favorites. It also includes a "Genomics Challenge," which I fared very poorly on, I'm afraid. The Challenge involves watching - and listening closely to -  several video clips of professionals in various fields describing their career paths. Based on the information shared, the viewer has to guess which field they are in.

This is a novel approach to learning about a variety of career options, and I highly recommend you check it out! And please pass along any great resources you come across--either within or outside of the NIH!

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