Biotech out of the curve
But if you are not in the lab anymore, where are you then?
Took me years to realize that the fact I quit the lab, does not mean I quit life sciences. Whatever decisions I made along the way, I will always be a curious scientist.
Being a scientist, or a bioengineer, is not about wearing a lab coat, it’s a mindset.
It’s being curious about the nature of things. You are always hungry to understand everything around you, and making tough questions becomes a lifestyle.
As a scientist (in or outside of the lab), you will never stop looking for answers.
For most of us, the answers come after complex lab experiments and analytical tools.
For others (perhaps the minority), the answers lack the human factor. That magic human uncertainty that makes room for a whole new world: communications, marketing, psychology.
When you mix human curiosity with an analytical mindset, you find someone like me, or Cátia, Sofia.
Taking my case as an example.
I knew I wanted to explore the biotech world immediately after watching the movie Gattaca (yep!). The possibility of creating a better future using genetic engineering was too amazing to be left behind.
That was when I chose biotechnology as my university degree.
Deep inside I knew my biggest strengths were not really in bioengineering, but my desire to be part of it was bigger than anything else.
In fact, I was naturally good with biology and math.
However, I was an even better writer. A better listener. Someone who sees art on the small details and turns them into a photograph or a painting. That was me from the very beginning.
As an intuitive person, I believe things happen for a reason, but I can’t really explain that, so let’s just keep going.
I joined the engineering world, worked in the lab (obviously did some bio-art in my free time), and kept writing in my blog whenever I felt a need to express my feelings.
As Cátia Dourado mentioned once, the answers are always inside us. And writing helps me find these answers.
Writing, photography, painting. These are my recharging tools.
But what do I really want to do when I am energized?
We are all biotechs out of the curve.
Sofia discovered her passion for writing, became an amazing copywriter, and I am quite sure that’s just her beginning, she is gonna fly much further. She is the kind of person who will make anything happen with her strong activation skills (it’s probably thanks to her this text is here today).
Cátia is almost like a twin sister. Also passionate about writing, and a strong sense of strategy and organization. Nowadays she is doing what she loves the most: communicating science to the world. We have so much to learn with her!
Me? I ended up in sales. I won’t lie, in the beginning, it was a real challenge to move from the silence of a lab to the noisy business world. Now, I realized I am a lot more curious about people, listening to their stories, and finding ways to help them.
If I had to summarize this partnership between the 3 of us, I would say:
We empower each other.
One last thing to finalize this monologue:
It’s not about finding your place, it’s about creating it.
No matter how not standard this is.
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