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20something profile: Sarah

SarahPicThis post was written by Sarah, who works in the biotech industry:

I graduated from UC Davis in 2009 with my BS in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. I chose that major not because I had a definite career path planned out after graduation but because it enthralled me. My choice in degree wasn’t a means to an end; it was an expression of my passion for biology.

People often ask me what I can do with that degree because it sounds so specific. And my answer to them is always anything. I personally have chosen to use it in my career path as a foundation for knowledge in a sales/marketing capacity within the biotech industry, but I could have chosen a myriad of other paths for myself. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Lisa

DSC_0524This post was written by Lisa, a medical student with a passion for travel:

So far, I think I’ve been pretty lucky. After graduating high school in 2007, I went right into music school to complete a Bachelor of Music in piano. It was four years of fun and hard work, and it was pretty awesome to spend all that time working on my craft.

The plan, however, was never to follow through with a career in music. Nope, my sets had been set on medical school from the start. Read the rest of this entry

The importance of passion to our careers

Dr. Schreiber of San Augustine giving a typhoi...

A doctor and his patient (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a letter that a doctor wrote to lawmakers in Washington DC:

Dear lawmakers: This is what it’s like to be a doctor today (

In the letter, he discusses the $230,000 debt he went into to become a doctor. He also discusses how doctors work over thirty hours straight and have to constantly be available to patients, even at home.

But what struck me most about the letter wasn’t the staggering debt or the massive time commitment it takes to be a doctor; what struck me was his unwavering dedication to his profession: Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Ashley

headshot(1)This post was written by Ashley, who edits for a medical research center:

My name is Ashley, and I’m a twenty-five year old millennial. With that being said, I’ve always had a friendship with words, long before it became an app on your phone. Whether they were written by me or not, I enjoyed exploring them. This went handedly with my love of music and lyricism as I grew up with a dancer mother.

I, therefore, was also a dancer since the age of 3, and I was confident I would go to college to become a choreographer. As a freshman in high school, however, I suffered an injury in my spine that eventually hindered my physical capabilities over the years. By the time I reached college, I needed an MRI, physical therapy, and medication to help me walk without pain. In the midst of it all, I had returned to my first love — words. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Melanie

image001This post was written by Melanie, who aspires to be a medical writer:

I graduated from Coventry University in summer 2012 with a 2.1 (Honours) in Biomedical Science and have a career plan to become a medical writer. Throughout my 3 years at university, we were constantly reminded of the difficult job market awaiting us, but it was inevitable we would have to enter this real world eventually.

I applied for hundreds of jobs throughout the last few months of university, ready to have a job waiting for me to start the day after my last exam, but this is not how university and getting a job works. I attended interviews across the country for jobs that were even slightly related to my degree, spending the last of my overdraft on a trip to remote Yorkshire where I interviewed for a very promising role, only to be turned down due to a ‘lack of experience within the area’. Read the rest of this entry