Working in Industry: Researchers Balance Work and Life

Indianapolis is the center for research and development for Eli Lilly and Co. Scientists at large pharmaceutical companies have access to colleagues in diverse areas. As a result, an individual may stumble across an opportunity that leads to a diversion from a logical career progression. Hedberg adds, "It is important to know that you have the responsibility for your own career management. If you are interested in pursuing these opportunities they are there for you to sample, but you have

Nadia Halim
Sep 26, 1999

Indianapolis is the center for research and development for Eli Lilly and Co.
Scientists at large pharmaceutical companies have access to colleagues in diverse areas. As a result, an individual may stumble across an opportunity that leads to a diversion from a logical career progression. Hedberg adds, "It is important to know that you have the responsibility for your own career management. If you are interested in pursuing these opportunities they are there for you to sample, but you have to do the footwork yourself." This may mean, for example, making an appointment with a company patent lawyer to find out more about his or her daily routine. Also, lists of job openings throughout the company's different departments are available through human resources for employee consideration. Sometimes it is a matter of finding the right person to talk to about career options.

Though at one time researchers in academia may...