“I would focus on networking outside of your coworkers in the lab. Many events organized by the Mass General Postdoc Association offer the opportunity for internal networking, and the events sponsored by the BPDA (Boston Postdocs Association) can help to expand your network in Boston, which would potentially be helpful in both academia or industry.”

Md Nurunnabi, PhD
Department of Radiology
The Center for Systems Biology

“Don't wait for the yearly review meeting with your boss to talk about your career and long-term goals. Schedule at least one more meeting a year for that purpose.”

Asael Papaour, PhD
Department of Dermatology
Wellman Center for Photomedicine

“Don't be afraid to try new things. Get out of your comfort zone and go to new events, meet new people and get as varied an experience as possible. Your postdoc is going to end sooner than you think, and it can take up to 12 months or longer to get your next job in any field, academia or otherwise. So work hard not just in research, but also in networking and distinguishing yourself from the thousands of other postdocs.”

Ashley Fenn, PhD
Department of Radiology
Center for Systems Biology

“Set up your goals on day one and start working towards your goals, be it transitioning to academia or non-academia.”

Srinivas Vinod Saladi, PhD
Department of Medicine
Mass General Cancer Center

“Spend time learning about the resources available to postdocs and investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners Healthcare. More likely than not, you'll come across something that will help you personally or in your research (or both) that your lab won't be aware of."

Hassan Dashti, PhD
Department of Medicine
Center for Genomic Medicine

“Try to be a peer reviewer as often as possible. This particular advice is for those postdocs who are trying to improve their CVs. Having worked as a peer reviewer can count as much as having first author publications.”

Xavier F. Vela Parada, MD
Department of Medicine
Division of Clinical Research in Nephrology

“It may sound obvious, but read every paper covering your area of research. Being well read will not only make you a better scientist, but will also save time by helping you avoid uninteresting experiments.”

Edward Pym, PhD
Department of Molecular Biology
Kaplan Lab

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