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Recent Graduate how to Distinguish myself Out of School?


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#1 jluo2010

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 09:03 PM

I graduated with a bachelors in molecular cell biology and I'm having trouble finding a job. So there were a variety of opportunities to distinguish yourself during college. And I have a few things under my belt because of that, I did research during college should've lead to a publication (you should always learn something from research), but in the end did not..... So I do have lab experience, but it's still tough given the economy, I don't want to waste anymore time.

I've recently learned web design (static + dynamic with servers) and I've learned basic python programming. What else can I do to stand out?

I saw all these awards and I was wondering if anyone knew of anything else I could compete in:
http://web.mit.edu/n...bio-tt0603.html

Also I figure having a great GRE/MCAT is the clearest way to distinguish yourself, since it shows where you stand with everyone else.

Any helpful tips? Anything is greatly appreciated.

#2 PAO_ahac

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 03:31 AM

Membership and volunteer work in professional organizations. It is one thing to do work and publish it is another to volunteer time to promote scientific education and growth.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 07:02 PM

Use your python skills to enhance your bioinformatic abilities -- Biopython is a good place to start. I saw this coming many years ago (at the start of genomics) and taught myself Perl. It has increased my value to the lab enormously -- we can ask questions of the data and get answers that other labs struggle with or find impossible.




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