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Update on finding the industry position and working towards making a individualized personal/professional development plan

I had an interesting conversation with my supervisor yesterday. I’ve been told that I can use about ten to fifteen percent of my work week as professional development, since my current position is basically a dead-end position (the only way to advance is to stay for like another fifteen years in my current position and wait for the lab manager to retire and potentially take her job)—so basically was told I need to figure out what the next position is going to be, and start working on getting there.

I’ve been looking at a career map and the industry position guide trying to figure out which positions are of interest for me and I think I’ve got it narrowed down to about four to six positions. These include positions within research & development (R&D scientist [and then work up to R&D project manager], Health Economics & Outcome Research; Sales & Marketing (Market Research Analyst, Product Manager), IP (Technology Transfer Officer), and Financial Services (Quantitative Analyst). Yes, I know they’re still all over the place, but I think they’re also pretty well ranked from top to bottom, though I do realize that by keeping the R&D scientist as the top choice, I’d be staying within my safety zone.

So with having six different positions picked out, I’m going to determine what the top twenty to forty skills are for each position and see which skills I already have and which ones I would need to pick up. The reason why I’m going to stick with just the top twenty to forty, is that I know for the research scientist position (since it can go with any field of science) there is over seventeen hundred skills listed when you do the “Research Scientist AND Linkedin Summary” Google search.

So now I’m going to focus on the skills and determining the geographical region(s) of the country that I would like to re-locate to (probably back to Boston; though I’m open to basically any large city that has a decent public transportation system), and then looking into the different companies in those regions.

I have also determined what my new core values for 2018 are (and these can be for both personal and professional lives/development):















Some seem like common sense (empathy and dignity), but I have them listed to remind me that I should always remember that there are two sides to every conversation and argument, and that I should always try to react as an adult and not cause a scene if an argument is started in public or in the office.

I going to try to follow the advice of these quotes: “Never be afraid to try something new, because life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you already know” and “If you’re too comfortable it’s time to move on. Terrified of what’s next? You’re on the right track”.

So now that I have some positions chosen, I’m going to look at the skills (see which ones I may need to pick up), and then determine if I can learn those through some e-courses (with hopefully a certification of completion that I can put on Linkedin) or if it could be necessary to think of going back for an master’s degree in something.

So I’ve managed to complete two of my goals so far for transitioning into an industry position: I’ve made a new list of core values, and I’ve picked four to six positions that either fit some of those core values or are of interest to me in that they’d get me out of my comfort zone.

I still need to continue working on networking with more people on linkedin, and then trying to determine exactly which companies or businesses could be a good match for both the jobs I’m looking for and my core values.

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Working on the personal and professional development–Photography Challenge Day 47

Well I’ve been slowly working on the personal and professional development over the past week or so. One key aspect has been trying to figure out what my old “core values” were and what my new “core values” are. So far I’ve managed to come up with a nice long list of words that I think in someway help define who I am and who I want to be. My “old core values” aren’t going to disappear, they’re just going to make room for the new ones as well.

So now, that I have the list of values I need to figure out which ones I want to bring to the forefront this year as my “new” core values. These values may be for either personal or professional growth, and I figure if I chose about six to eight (or more) I have a good chance of having an even mix for both professional and personal core values.

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Back when I’d read “Declutter Your Mind: How to stop worrying, relieve anxiety, and eliminate negative thinking” by SJ Scott & Barrie Davenport I’d come up with a list of values that I defined at that time (see the post here) and while some of those are ones that I know I need to keep, I also realize that there were better terms for them and then there were the ones that just needed to exchanged for something else.

My list from late last year really did describe how I wanted to be treated but not what I wanted to do or to be; that is why the list needed to evolve and change.

My health and fitness goals are still important, but can be summed up as my vitality.
I want a job that has flexibility, but also synergy (good combination of teamwork and collaboration—which is needed if one is going transition into an industry position).
Adroitness is another core value (defined as cleverness or skill; synonyms include: skill, proficiency, accomplishment, capability, talents).
Other core values include Cognizance, Openness, Creativity, Curiosity, Fascination, Exploration, Evolution, Intuition, Empathy and Dignity.

As I start to figure out which type of industry positions I want to aim for, this list may change a little bit more. Also as the years go by, the values will rotate depending on where I am in my life and career—though I can say the ones that will always be on the list include: Intuition, Empathy, and Dignity.

So the new list for 2018 can be defined as: Vitality, Flexibility, Synergy, Adroitness, Cognizance, Openness, Creativity, Fascination, Exploration, Evolution, Intuition, Empathy, and Dignity.

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