Discover what an Experience Insider can tell you about working as an assistant scientist in the biotech & pharmacy industry.
As children, we're all asked the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" How did you answer?
A scientist of some kind.
What have been the most defining moments along your career path?
Deciding to work for awhile before returning to school for advanced degress and also working for Pfizer. I am an Assistant Scientist I and I am responsible for a primary enzyme screen and for the development of a secondary whole cell assay. I am the youngest person, I believe, that my department has ever hired. I am presently applying to medical school. If I do not get in, I will be happy staying at Pfizer, complete my M.A. and then pursue another advanced degree supported by Pfizer (ie. an MBA or Ph.D.).
How did you get your big breaks?
I interviewed and received a great offer. I took it because it was close to home and my boyfriend at Dartmouth. I know others here who got their foot in the door by having an employee referral. If you know someone inside that does help to get the interview process moving.
What have you learned from your experience?
The culture of the company is casual, but hard working. The young people are eager to make their mark and don't mind working hard to do it. By the same token, they don't want to have to arrive early or to dress up, the company understands this. Time is usually flexible and the dress is very casual...on the discovery side. I can't speak to the clinical side.
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What most excites you about your job right now?
I like the people that I work with. My boss is fabulous...a perfect complement to my personality. Also, lately, I have been really happy about how the company seems to be "getting younger". My initial impression about Southeastern CT was that there isn't a whole lot for a twenty-something, single person to do. But, that is changing. As more young people are hired, we join forces and CREATE things to do. Plus, SE. CT is a very beautiful place and climate. There is a lot to do outside and Pfizer encourages that by providing boats, intramural sports, etc. Sometimes, though, I feel removed from reality since I'm surrounded by such a homogenous group of people...homogenous in so much as we are primarily all "science people" and primarily all college graduates.
I feel useful and I love that aspect of my job.
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