In a job market that’s become increasingly competitive and employer-driven, it’s imperative for both active and passive job candidates to do their homework. Understanding national biotech market trends and how those forces are impacting regional biohubs and the market at large could be a key differentiator between job seekers.
If you’re a job seeker in the BioHealth Capital Region (BHCR) or Greater Philadelphia, there are a host of valuable resources for job market research that can help target your search. The weekly BioBuzz Newsletter and Job Board, BioHealth Innovation’s newsletter, the Maryland Tech Council’s Biohub Maryland Pathways website, and Big4Bio are all just a few of the great sources of information and job opportunities.
Add to that LinkedIn and local in-person networking events, and there are many ways for job seekers to educate themselves on market conditions, specific job qualifications, and where one might fit within the overall talent market.
One perhaps underappreciated and underutilized source of high value information and job market insights are podcasts. Podcasts provide job seekers a window into companies, CEOs, larger market forces and even who’s growing and hiring.
As an alternative to listening to your favorite music in the car or while running, switch it up and accelerate your job search success by following and listening to these podcasts, which will provide you with great information about the national and regional biotech markets.
Hopkins Biotech Podcast
According to the Hopkins Biotech Podcast website, the podcast’s mission is to “…To democratize conversations that add value to students who study the life sciences and are interested in non-academic careers.” The podcast is framed around answering several key questions facing the career search:
- What career opportunities are available to you?
- How can you attain the career that you are interested in?
The podcast series is split into three categories: careers, insights and clubs.
For a podcast that can deliver insights into the local biotech and life sciences community, including interviews with CEOs and updates on emerging companies, real estate deals and a host of other segments of the market, BioTalk with Rich Bendis is a great resource for job seekers.
Bendis and his BioHealth Innovation organization have been an influential figure in the ascent of the region to top U.S. biohub status. Recent guests have included Brian Castleberry of the Maryland Department of Commerce; Doug Falk, CEO and Co-founder of Vita Therapeutics; Galen Robotics’ CTO and Co-founder Dave Saunders; and the current President of the University of Maryland Darryll J. Pines.
The Biotech Project
The Biotech Project calls itself a “…podcast for anyone looking for a career in, or navigating the BioPharma space.” The podcast features interviews from across a wide swath of biotech roles and sectors, including features on sales, CEO interviews and many other subjects. The podcast is hosted by biotech industry veterans Scott Resnick and Dr. John Walsh.
Recent episodes include topics on human resources, talent search, interviewing tips, med affairs and commercial operations to name just a few of the subjects covered by this podcast.
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Launched in 1981, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News is one of the premier print publications that cover the biotechnology industry. The magazine’s podcast launched in January 2017 and since then has compiled a treasure trove of information, insights and resources that can educate job seekers about all facets of the bioscience industry.
Recent episodes include reducing drug discovery risk, navigating the cell and gene therapy regulatory environment and 3D cell models. The podcast offers over 60 episodes on a remarkably wide range of topics.
Careers in Discovery
According to the podcast’s website, “Careers in Discovery is your window into the world of Pharma & Biotech. Featuring interviews each week with leaders in Drug Discovery and R&D, you’ll learn about the careers of these influential figures, the work they are doing, how they got to where they are and what advice they’d give their younger selves.”
The Readout Loud
STAT’s weekly biotech podcast, which breaks down some of the latest national news, regulatory news, market trends, and happenings in the biotech and biopharma space. If you’re looking to be “in the know” on what’s happening in the life sciences space and getting up to speed on the lingo used in the industry, this is a great listen.
Some of the latest episodes include the latest information on the monkeypox outbreak, how VCs are reacting to biotech stock downturns, and recent setbacks in the Alzheimer’s disease drug development space.
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