|Yeah, some days. Only, with a lab coat.|
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One of my ex-'Big Pharma' contacts forwarded along a cheery little document from Cliff Ennico, a lawyer who appears to specialize in small business and entrepreneurship. He had visited their campus to suggest potential career routes for laid-off employees. The tract essentially advocates for self-reliance through small business ownership, skill development, and networking. But his ideology caught me off guard: he compares current corporate practice to the Apocalypse!
Here's Ennico's "Four Horsemen of Corporate America:"
Computers - If your function can be automated, you might be next on the chopping block.
Overseas Competition - China and India are specifically mentioned, which segues to...
Outsourcing - Well, if you haven't sent med-chem work to CROs, or offshore, you're in the minority. For another example, consider the contract positions seen on ACS Careers (three months, really?)
Overwork - Quoth the paper:
"Big corporations these days are obsessed with 'maximizing productivity,' which often translates [to] 'getting the maximum amount of work out of your employees for the minimum amount of compensation.'"
|"Hang on . . .which one of us was Outsourcing, again?"|
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New grads, post-docs: Make sure to think 'small' when filling out those job applications. It's stressful, sure, but well worth the effort.