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Looking for advice on bio career

Michael Zalar mikz at primenet.com
Mon Jun 23 17:39:01 EST 1997

In article <5n40hp$lud at usenet.srv.cis.pitt.edu>,
   hmbst7 at vms.cis.pitt.edu wrote:
>Hi. My mane is Heather Brockway.  I was advised to post here by a friend from 
>scr.research.  I'm a recent graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a 
>BS in Biological Sciences.  I'm looking for advice on what to do now. I'm 
>considering grad school, I'm not sure I want to make that kind of committment 
>right now.  I extremely interested in genetics and/or botany. I would like to
>try research to see if that path might be good for me.  Unfortunately,
>the only lab experience I have is the course work I have done. I have been
>told that being unskilled isn't uncommon.  I'm looking specifically for 
>advice on how to "break" into a research career. I have applied for several 
>positions within the University but it seems that I can't get in. Does anyone 
>have any suggestions.  Any advice will be sincerely appreciated!! Thanks in 

	Have you checked the government postings? In my state they are 
continually hiring college laboratory assistants to work in the community 
	I had the same problem when I got my 4-year degree. Ended up doing 
clerical, but am now arranging to go to grad school (only 9 yrs later. how 
time flies). I have ambitions toward forensic science and/or toxicology.
	BTW: there is a newsgroup about government jobs in science, have you 
checked there? They post many jobs in the US. Might entail moving, depending 
on the type of job.
		Good luck,
			Sally D.

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