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  1. toberead
    Mar 31 - 4:10 pm

    I have a master’s in chemistry, and I spent 15 years in pharma, both large companies and small ones. At first it was a great job, but over the last five years of my career, I was laid off three times. Every time, I found another job, but I had to pick up and move to a new city, at great personal and financial cost. After the last layoff, I was offered another job fairly quickly, but I didn’t believe that this job would be any more stable than the last 3, despite the lofty promises. I was also worried because I was approaching 40, when career opportunities start to dry up.

    I took a chance, didn’t take the pharma job, looked at other careers, and eventually found a government job. In less than a year, I’ve already been given leadership opportunities that would never have been offered to an MS chemist in pharma, and I enjoy the challenges of my new career. My only question is, why didn’t I do this sooner? (And the company that offered me a job the last time? They’re having more layoffs.)

  2. jbone
    Apr 05 - 7:04 am

    Toberead, if you don’t mind me asking, what did you end up doing? I’m also thinking that pharma is far too unstable to make a good career out of it any more (and having a Ph.D makes me even more likely to go under the axe).

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