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06/24/08
Graduating with a Masters. Motivation by Self Expression
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Mentoring, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 7:01 pm

During an interesting consulting conversation
two core elements developed. 
AREA: One is an interest
in applying his skills
in pharma/biotech

ROLE: The second
is that RW wishes to get
immersed in the
business side of helping people
by curing diseases
.

An interesting reference I shared with RW is
Jobs in the Drug Industry,” by Richard Friary (2000).
It poses some things RW was interested in

  what to anticipate and expect in interviews

and Friary does a nice job describing what will be
asked and how to “sell yourself” as a

viable and enthusiastic candidate in Chapter 7 (pp. 214-
221.  “Foremost among the traits … are enthusiasm,
industriousness, a sense of urgency, and cooperativeness.”

A recent book by Barbara Moses,
“The Good News about careers,” (1999)  talks about
20-something’s need for self expression..
It can be construed as different from an earlier
generation.  Here, we talked about RWs need to
provide a
compelling case of how and what is special
about being involved in the business of curing
people’s diseases.

This is a statement of his motivation, rather than one
from which he would receive personal satisfaction.
For he can continue to strive at something in which
he is motivated to achieve, where as a person’s
attitude will not be changed permanently by
getting that pay raise, promotion, new
supervisor or benefit. (satisfiers)

The underlying point for us, one of the critical
items for job seekers
to be able to do in an
interview is reveal her
or his motivation
This could be
-    striving to
compete,
-    love for
challenging work,
-    desire
for advancement and increased responsibility,
-or self-expression

Self-expression seems to be more common
among people of his generation that the previous
one and so it is significant to realize this difference
and listen for people speaking about it in
conversations.  See Rita Casey for some
background on motivation and satisfaction.


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