Naturejobs Podcast: A fresh start

Naturejobs Podcast: A fresh start

Transferable skills are beneficial at any career stage, whether starting out or retiring.

The first Naturejobs podcast of 2018, A fresh start, looks at the impact of new beginnings, and how transferable skills can deliver career fulfilment at any career stage, whether starting out or retiring.

Melanie Sinche, director of education at the The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut, shares the results from her recent research on transferable skills and job satisfaction, published in PloS One in September 2017. The majority of those who leave academia after a PhD in science are very happy with what they are doing, she finds.

Retirement doesn’t necessarily mean the end of a career. After 35 very successful years running the Kolter Lab at Harvard Medical School, Roberto Kolter will close his lab for good in summer 2018. Roberto describes his future plans for life as an Emeritus professor, and how he planned his retirement (it took five years!).

This month’s “ask an expert” question comes from India-based masters student Rahul Hazari. Rahul wants information about funding opportunities for research in the West. Susan Marriott, professor at Baylor college of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and president of Bioscience Writers, answers Rahul’s question.