February 2016, Newsletter





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source The Community Monthly Newsletter, Feb. ’16

Throughout the month of February love was in the air as boxes of chocolates were exchanged, and heart-felt messages were shared. Although our messages might not end with XOXO, The SearchLite has plenty to share with you for the month of February!

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– Christy Song

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Transitioning out of Academia is scary, but you’re not alone!

Transitioning out of Academia is scary, but you’re not alone!

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Visha Krishnan, former Market Discovery Director of The SearchLite, recently attended a career event for Doctoral and Postdoctoral scholars interested in exploring careers outside of academia at Michigan State University. She participated as one of the panelists for the Innovation/IP portion of the Expanded Careers Conference, along with, Cindy Bott (Partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP and Tom Herlache, Technology Manager at MSU Technologies). The event featured a portion where the guest panelists individually explained how they arrived at their current job position and they shared with the scholars what it is that they are currently doing.

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Nature Graduate Survey: Uncertain Futures of Ph.D Candidates


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see [The SearchLite’s Note] To stay in academia or not is a common question to ponder for graduate students, especially for the Innovators-in-Residence at The SearchLite.

You are not alone. According to The 2015 Nature survey of graduate students, more than 60% of the above 3400 respondents claimed that they were “likely” or “very likely” to continue their work in industry because of the severe competition, heavy workload, and limited income of academia. However, some graduate students chose to return to academia after  experiencing a career in industry  because it “could satisfy her scientific curiosity”.

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Finding a Career Path…In an infinite maze of thought, concern, and pressure

Finding a Career Path…In an infinite maze of thought, concern, and pressure


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“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” – Steve Jobs

When introduced to the concept of a career path, I had to first do a little research to make sure I understood what exactly that meant. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, career path means: “the way that you progress in your work, either in one job or in a series of jobs.” I had the definition, but rather than being satisfied, I wanted to know how to put the idea into application.

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