By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers have more job openings than at any other time in nearly five years. That’s in part because they seem in no hurry to fill them.
And it helps explain why the job market remains tight and unemployment high. Even as openings have surged 11 percent in the past year, the number of people hired each month has declined.
Why so many openings yet so few hires?
MedAdNews Insider interviews The Agency Worldwide’s EVP Jeff Appelbaum about the search for scientific talent
By Mia Burns
Many reports have surfaced that show that students in the United States have fallen behind in math and science, when compared with children in other nations. But how does this tie in with job recruitment in the life sciences? In many cases, recruiters are finding that they need to look abroad to find scientists that meet client requirements.
“We as a society are just not putting emphasis on that type of education anymore,” says Jeff Appelbaum, executive VP of The Agency Worldwide, a recruitment agency based in Los Angeles. “We’re not producing the scientists in house. We’re not producing domestic-based scientists anymore, not at a rate that is equal to the other parts of the world.”
Posted by The Agency on 1-25-2013 in Events | 0 comments
The Agency Worldwide participates in numerous events around the globe.
The following is a list of 2013 events (list continuously updated):
- J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference
San Francisco, CA
Posted by The Agency on 1-24-2013 in Blog | 0 comments
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” How many times have we been asked this questions during childhood? Probably, too many to enumerate. All though a cute question & answer session with a five year-old (i.e. cowboy, fireman, Batman…) this question can generate considerable anxiety in a college senior with an undeclared major.
What does this question mean to a mid-career professional? How would this professional answer? Cowboy, fireman, Batman..? Maybe. For many of us already deep into our professional lives, the question of “what” does one want to be is less important, and “where” does one want to be on their career path is most crucial. For companies, the idea of making a 5-year or 10-year plan is passé. I would suspect the same is true for individuals = especially when discussing specific jobs.
Posted by The Agency on 1-23-2013 in Blog | 0 comments
Mergers & acquisitions; partnerships; orphan drugs; pediatric diseases; biosimilars; stem cells…and it doesn’t stop there. The Life-Science and BioPharmaceutical fields are expanding at an increasing rate due to the virtuous forces of innovation, discovery, and societal pressure. Many companies are discovering that it is much more cost-effective and expedient to purchase, bolt-on, and partner with another company than it is to develop something in-house. Furthermore, as scientists uncover new methods of attacking diseased cells and new protocols for pain management (among others) – the scientific community leans more and more about the body, biology, chemistry…etc. All of this new knowledge compounds enabling us (humanity) to create more targeted and efficient solutions to our health related issues spurring continuous changes.
We are living during an exciting time where the process of drug & device evolution is being pushed faster and faster. Whether you are currently working inside of a large, corporate pharmaceutical company or a small, 5-person biotech start-up the goals are really the same: be the best, stay relevant, help further science/medicine. So, with all of the “business” activity circling science these days it is especially necessary to ensure that your career path is keeping pace and continuously aligned with the current trend of change. Take an inventory of your skillset and where you see yourself fitting in as the tectonic plates of industry shift. Are you keeping your job fresh and exciting? Are you up to date on new techniques, new technologies, and new philosophies? Companies are no longer sitting idle waiting for something to “pop.” They are actively seeking their “next big thing,” and the “A” players that go along with it.
Passion, skill, commitment, and personal/professional growth will help to keep you in the mix of the ever-fluid scientific landscape.