2015 was a great year for science, and it’s been a wonderful year for Naturejobs as well. We’ve hosted three career expos – in London, Boston and Düsseldorf – have published more free content than ever before, be it blog post, podcast or video. We’ve met interesting scientists, visited all manner of fascinating labs, and covered a wide remit of news, views, and everything in between.
We hope you’ve all been entertained by, and have benefited from, the advice and stories we publish here, and we’re hoping to see you all in the 2016 for more careers content that will help you find – and succeed at – that dream job. Here’s a quick rundown of the stories you most enjoyed from 2015.
Procrastination and how to do it efficiently has been on the top of everyone’s mind, it seems. Daisy Hessenberger’s post teaches us how to waste time wisely.
Viviane Callier and Jessica Polka discussed the need for more career development for postdocs in their column for Naturejobs, and gave some advice on developing independence during these crucial first few years as a professional researcher.
Anthea Lacchia blessed us with some tips and tricks on writing for high-impact journals, as delivered by Kyle Vogan, senior editor at Nature Genetics, at the Naturejobs Career Expo in Boston 2015.
Robert Aboukhalil pointed out the elephant in the lab for us when he wrote about the amount of training young researchers have for academic jobs that no longer exist at universities.
Up to 85% of job vacancies are never actually advertised online. Barry O’Brien wrote about unearthing the job you want from places you wouldn’t expect.
What, exactly, is a postdoc position? And what can a scientist make out of a postdoc position? Julie Gould answered this and more in the second part of the postdoc series. She went on to discuss the plight of the postdoc, which also makes it into our top ten posts of the year.
On that topic, some postdocs won new rights this year, enabling them to pursue career-development activities at the University of California on paid time, Helen Shen reported.
Making your CV look its very best is always a popular topic here at Naturejobs, and this year was no exception. Carol Spencely delivered a treatment plan on how to make your work history shine. Tip one was “Don’t Panic!” – read the rest here.
Julie Gould’s opening post to the postdoc series – on insights, opinions, and careers – is a great way to end our list, and a great place for you to start reading.
We’d like to thank all of the bloggers, contributors, interviewees, advisors, colleagues, readers, tweeters, speakers, commenters and spambots that have made the Naturejobs blog what it is today, and are looking forward to hearing from all of you in the New Year.
We hope you’ve found us useful over the past year in landing that dream job, and continuing with your career development. If you have any ideas for a guest post you’d like to be published on the Naturejobs blog in 2016, please feel free to contact the editor. Happy New Year!