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  • This is a short a summary of my career. I actually started off with a desire to become a physician. However, after my junior year in college (I think!) I had the opportunity to spend a summer doing biomedical research and I was hooked. I started my research career as a scientist in academia, working at a hospital at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Next, I had two milestone transitions. The first came when I made the transition from academia to industry. I worked at Wyeth for two years then came to BMS. The second transition came when I transitioned out of the lab and began a career more focused on the business side of the company. Actions that facilitated my transition out of the lab: Reaching out to hiring managers for open positions and conducting “exploratory interviews” Volunteering on special projects such as science education reform Working with the executive director of the Center for Science Education (CSE) Talking with the VP of HR about my desire and my perceived skills and abilities to manage the CSE Building relationships outside of the lab Eventually I was able to secure a position in the CSE as a science education associate. Right from the start I informed my manger that I wanted to work towards a promotion to the next salary band and we put together a long-term plan to build my knowledge, skills, and abilities to facilitate the promotion (using tools like job shadow, job rotation, etc). I was eventually promoted to HR Skill Development Manager fully responsible for managing the CSE; an annual R&D scientific symposium with approximately 2000 presenters and attendees; and the R&D new employee integration program. My works connects me very closely with our global learning organization. I am now pursuing a masters in educational leadership through Capella University. My desires is to open a day school academy that operates using home school philosophy, principles, and values.
  • BRC Career Transition Workshop

    1. 1. Immersion and Learning: A Pathway to Career Transition Anita Russell Skill Development Manager Bristol-Myers Squibb
    2. 2. Anita D Russell <ul><li>Scientist in Academia </li></ul><ul><li>Scientist in Pharma Industry </li></ul><ul><li>Center for Science Education </li></ul><ul><li>R&D Science Education Associate </li></ul><ul><li>R&D HR Skill Development Manager </li></ul><ul><li>R&D New Employee Integration </li></ul><ul><li>Global Learning & Development </li></ul><ul><li>Masters in Educational Leadership </li></ul>Major Transitions: Academia to industry Bench to Business
    3. 3. Point of Transition: Academia to Industry <ul><li>Challenges: </li></ul><ul><li>Training in drug development process </li></ul><ul><li>Changing from basic science to applied science </li></ul><ul><li>Working knowledge of the industry </li></ul><ul><li>Highly regulated environment </li></ul><ul><li>Managing research as projects (teams, goals, objectives, cost, timeline) </li></ul><ul><li>Expect to make changes in how and why research is conducted </li></ul>The Marketplace “View the employment marketplace as an array of specific opportunities, each with its own characteristics. Look at it open-mindedly and without any prejudice. There will be good and bad positions offered in both academia and industry.“ Source:
    4. 4. A Point of Transition: From Bench to Business <ul><li>Center for Science Education </li></ul><ul><li>The BMS Center for Science Education (CSE) was </li></ul><ul><li>established in 1989 to provide continuing scientific </li></ul><ul><li>and science-related education to scientists as well </li></ul><ul><li>as non-scientific and non-R&D employees. </li></ul><ul><li>The center's goal is to: </li></ul><ul><li>Advance scientific and business knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Promote good communication practices </li></ul><ul><li>Build research and leadership skills </li></ul><ul><li>Foster creativity and innovation </li></ul>The Road to Learning & Development Managing the CSE put me on a path towards developing the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to evolve into a corporate learning professional.
    5. 5. Transition: Multiple Development Streams Drug Discovery Scientist: Metabolism & Pharmacokinetics R&D HR: Skill Development Manager & Learning Professional <ul><ul><li>Mechanism of Action: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Immersion & Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul></ul>From Bench to Business
    6. 6. Know Thy Self: Technical Professionals Are Unique Source: Blessing White, “ Our research and experience indicate that technical professionals have a combination of needs and concerns that distinguish them from the workforce at large. These expert employees want…” Professional Identification Tend to identify with their fields of interest or profession first and their organization second. To Keep Current – Want to know the latest and be the first to try the newest ideas or gadgetry. Obsolescence is unacceptable. Autonomy Crave self-management and independence. Prefer a high level of discretion and control over their work conditions, pace, and content. Participation in Mission and Goals Can be reluctant to commit to mandated goals unless they understand how they and the organization will benefit from their efforts. Collegial Support and Sharing Value idea sharing and networking because they identify so closely with other experts and share a desire for personal development. Achievement Like a challenge and are driven to accomplish goals that require considerable skill or effort.
    7. 7. Know Thy Constraints <ul><li>Education is Key: </li></ul><ul><li>PhD </li></ul><ul><li>Master </li></ul><ul><li>Bachelor </li></ul>I came into Pharma knowing that I would be constrained by my level of education. Q: How do I circumvent my status as a non-PhD scientist? Advancement Expertise Management
    8. 8. Be Willing to Take the Road Less Traveled <ul><li>A : Continuously look for new… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exposure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relationships </li></ul></ul>My Goal: Expand my horizons beyond the scientific community
    9. 9. Goal: Expand Horizons Beyond the Scientific Community <ul><li>Identified opportunities to learn about areas of the company beyond my familiarity </li></ul><ul><li>Participated in volunteer work that exposed me to colleagues outside of the scientific community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Science education reform </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>African American Employee Resource Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mentoring </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Goal: Expand Horizons Beyond the Scientific Community <ul><li>Unique experiences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National Science Resource Center (NSRC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SVP mentor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel to South Africa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>R&D Scientific Symposium </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unique relationships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with corporate executives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Company foundation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Colleagues across R&D and commercial </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. My Philosophy <ul><li>Immersion and learning beyond area of expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Look beyond constraints and limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Continuously acquire new knowledge, build new skills, expand capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Look for new applications of knowledge, skills, and abilities </li></ul><ul><li>Seek new experiences to further hone your skills </li></ul><ul><li>Build cross-functional, cross-divisional relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Own your learning and development, and ultimately your career </li></ul><ul><li>Take risks </li></ul>Most Important!
    12. 12. Final Thoughts… <ul><li>&quot;A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.&quot; Anonymous </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.&quot; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Always look beyond the obvious.&quot; Anita Russell </li></ul>