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Published August 01 2017

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology last year surveyed almost 2,000 of its members to find out what they most appreciate and need from the society. Respondents of every age indicated, not surprisingly, their top concerns relate to their careers.

The youngest cohort (30 and under) wanted career workshops and information about jobs outside academia. The 31- to 50-year-olds sought training opportunities to improve their teaching and learn about best practices in publishing. The 50-plus group prioritized networking and service to the community.

The survey also indicated that young members are far less likely to take advantage of the society’s programs than the older groups. There are probably lots of reasons why the 30-and-unders participate at lower rates, but I don’t want lack of awareness to be one of them. So, for the record, here’s an inventory of ASBMB’s career-development resources. Please take advantage of those that suit your needs.

Undergraduate research
Undergrads should use our state-by-state database to identify summer research opportunities.

Career paths videos
Not sure what you want to do with your life? Start figuring it out by watching these interviews of professionals with science backgrounds.

We’ve had seven live webinars related to careers this year. If you missed them, watch the recordings and/or download the slides. Plus, there’s one more slated for Sept. 12 about negotiating salaries.

Three in-person workshops are slated for the remainder of 2017: Preparing Science Professionals in September in Lexington, Ky., and Catalyze Your Career in October in Tucson, Ariz., and in November in Portland, Ore.

Grant-writing training
This workshop yields impressive results; most participants end up with successful grants within two years. Information about the 2018 workshop will be available in the fall.

Communications training
Can’t travel for training? Take ASBMB’s “The Art of Science Communication” online course to gain the skills, knowledge and mindset necessary to become a great presenter.

Video tutorials
Our video series has tips on networking, dressing professionally, building a personal brand and more.  

Travel awards
The society covers travel expenses for hundreds of undergraduates, undergraduate faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows attending the ASBMB annual meeting. Deadlines to apply for next spring’s meeting will be in early 2018. Don’t miss this opportunity for free money!

Annual meeting
Travel-award winners attend a two-day program on career exploration, skill acquisition, communication and networking. Established investigators have mixers, hands-on workshops and panel discussions on professional issues. Importantly, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology’s Maximizing Access to Research Careers Program has a whole slew of programming for job hunters.

Jobs board and blog
The ASBMB job board has new listings all the time. Every week, our jobs blogger posts positions she dug up for members.


Angela Hopp Angela Hopp is executive editor of ASBMB Today and communications director for the ASBMB.