How Do I Redefine My Future With a Specific Degree?

Dear Experts, I got my B.S. in Biology (concentration in Neurobiology) and went into research in the world of academia after graduation. Three years later I'm still at the same job and I'm burnt out! My original plans of going to graduate school to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience now only exhaust me. My P.I. has worked me to the bone, and often compliments me on how I'm functioning at the level of a graduate student about to defend her thesis...but I'm not. What does one do with such a specific degree and also how I do I re-define my future? Now what?! I've always had the idea of dentistry as a profession in my mind, but I fear my undergraduate record will only lead to rejection. Here is how our CAREEREALISM-Approved Experts answered this question on Twitter:Q#424 You never know until you try. Apply and see what happens. If you are rejected, find out why and make changes. (@gradversity) Q#424 1) Too much worrying. It's just a degree. 2) Life's too short to do something you don't enjoy. (@beneubanks) Q#424 Gather info re dentistry; bio courses shd meet some pre-reqs. Go 4 ur dream now! Y wait, have regrets? (@juliaerickson) Q#424 You shift gears and persue the career you really want. Downplay experience on your resume and focus on skills. (@EmilyBennington) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.

Get Some Leverage
Sign up for The Work It Daily Newsletter
Follow
Man thinks about becoming self-employed
Bigstock

Look, I'm just going to say it. Not everybody should work for themselves. Right now, there's this huge craze about working independently, being self-employed, being your own boss. So much of this came out of the pandemic because people realized they wanted to have control over their careers and not be at the mercy of their employers' needs. But if you're looking to take control of your career, becoming self-employed is not always the best solution.

Still, there are many benefits to being self-employed. Let's take a look at those benefits before I dive into how you can take control of your career without having to quit your job and take on self-employment.

Read moreShow less
Executive sits down with her employees during a team meeting
Image from Bigstock

Every hiring manager looks for different skills in the job candidates they're hoping to hire. Not only are job candidates being evaluated on the hard skills they possess; they're also being evaluated on their soft skills—the skills that don't belong on a resume but can be identified during a job interview. It's these soft skills that separate the good employees from the great ones. Executives, managers, and other leaders within an organization keep this in mind when interviewing job candidates and reviewing the performance of current employees.

Read moreShow less
Featured