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DIRECTOR OF MICRO MARKERS, IN-DEPTH: Keep Working On Yourself

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Martin is the Director of microMarkers. Martin explains how he has to wear many hats at once to be good at his job, the difficulty of getting a job in his industry and his work-life balance.

Job Title: Director of microMarkers

Job Summary: Biochemists and Biophysicists

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Biochemists and biophysicists study the chemical and physical principles of living things and of biological processes such as cell development, growth, and heredity.

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$45,000 - $145,000
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m='20110'>there's</span> <span m='20440'>enough</span> <span m='20600'>patients</span> <span m='21130'>that</span> <span m='21400'>will</span> <span m='21540'>benefit</span> <span m='22020'>from</span> <span m='22180'>that.</span> <span m='24760'>And</span> <span m='24920'>it's</span> <span m='25040'>exciting</span> <span m='25305'>to</span> <span m='27400'>have the</span> <span m='27490'>potential</span> <span m='27840'>to</span> <span m='27940'>leave</span> <span m='28100'>a</span> <span m='28270'>legacy</span> <span m='28780'>in</span> <span m='28930'>the</span> <span m='29030'>field.</span> <span m='31370'>So</span> <span m='32560'>this</span> <span m='32840'>is</span> <span m='32960'>what</span> <span m='33730'>gives me</span> <span m='33850'>what's</span> <span m='34250'>needed,</span> <span m='34620'>so</span> <span m='35100'>what</span> <span m='35240'>I</span> <span m='35330'>like</span> <span m='35720'>is the</span> <span m='35880'>maturation</span> <span m='36235'>from</span> <span m='36590'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='38490'>What's</span> <span m='38680'>difficult?</span> <span m='41260'>Especially</span> <span m='41730'>at</span> <span m='41830'>my level,</span> <span m='42030'>it's</span> <span m='42480'>to</span> <span m='42570'>be</span> <span m='42730'>good</span> <span m='43150'>at</span> <span m='43420'>several</span> <span m='43690'>things.</span> <span m='44220'>So</span> <span m='44400'>it's</span> <span m='44560'>hard</span> <span m='44920'>to</span> <span m='45010'>be</span> <span m='46140'>a</span> <span m='46250'>good</span> <span m='46520'>supervisor,</span> <span m='47730'>and</span> <span m='48090'>a</span> <span m='48150'>good</span> <span m='48380'>scientist,</span> <span m='49270'>and</span> <span m='49570'>a</span> <span m='49600'>good</span> <span m='50010'>salesman,</span> <span m='51490'>and</span> <span m='51880'>a</span> <span m='51960'>good</span> <span m='52110'>presenter</span> <span m='52980'>at</span> <span m='53090'>the</span> <span m='53180'>same</span> <span m='53490'>time,</span> <span m='54290'>and</span> <span m='55110'>stay</span> <span m='55430'>focused,</span> <span m='56960'>look</span> <span m='57410'>at</span> <span m='57490'>a</span> <span m='57550'>strategy</span> <span m='58250'>and</span> <span m='60010'>be</span> <span m='60160'>tactical</span> <span m='60730'>and</span> <span m='60820'>focused.</span> </p><p><span m='61260'>So</span> <span m='63250'>what's</span> <span m='63530'>difficult</span> <span m='63785'>is</span> <span m='64040'>really</span> <span m='64230'>you</span> <span m='64540'>have</span> <span m='64760'>to</span> <span m='64860'>be</span> <span m='64989'>good</span> <span m='65160'>at</span> <span m='65239'>a lot</span> <span m='65330'>of</span> <span m='65680'>things</span> <span m='65870'>to</span> <span m='66020'>succeed</span> <span m='66415'>now.</span> <span m='68680'>I</span> <span m='68820'>think</span> <span m='68980'>it</span> <span m='69120'>applies</span> <span m='69730'>to</span> <span m='69840'>other</span> <span m='70020'>careers,</span> <span m='70400'>too,</span> <span m='70590'>so</span> <span m='71910'>it's</span> <span m='72530'>a</span> <span m='72590'>burden we</span> <span m='73010'>have</span> <span m='73270'>to</span> <span m='73390'>go</span> <span m='73590'>after</span> <span m='73970'>now.</span> <span m='74190'>If</span> <span m='74540'>you</span> <span m='74670'>want</span> <span m='74790'>to have</span> <span m='74940'>a</span> <span m='75650'>long</span> <span m='75850'>career,</span> <span m='76190'>you</span> <span m='76280'>have</span> <span m='76450'>to</span> <span m='76540'>be</span> <span m='77310'>willing</span> <span m='77610'>to</span> <span m='77740'>learn</span> <span m='78430'>and</span> <span m='78900'>work</span> <span m='79120'>on</span> <span m='79210'>yourself.</span> </p><p><span m='80330'>Key</span> <span m='80500'>decisions</span> <span m='80980'>that</span> <span m='81110'>I</span> <span m='81230'>made</span> <span m='82390'>that</span> <span m='82700'>led</span> <span m='82970'>me</span> <span m='83660'>to</span> <span m='83800'>where</span> <span m='84100'>I</span> <span m='84210'>am</span> <span m='84500'>now</span> <span m='84890'>is</span> <span m='88820'>chose</span> <span m='89240'>the</span> <span m='89380'>right</span> <span m='90320'>laboratory</span> <span m='91640'>to</span> <span m='91750'>do</span> <span m='91860'>my</span> <span m='91990'>grad</span> <span m='92310'>school,</span> <span m='93280'>with</span> <span m='93470'>the</span> <span m='93580'>right</span> <span m='97210'>supervisor,</span> <span m='97940'>the</span> <span m='98080'>right</span> <span m='98590'>PI</span> <span m='99680'>that</span> <span m='99930'>was</span> <span m='100140'>a</span> <span m='100180'>good</span> <span m='100450'>match</span> <span m='100840'>for</span> <span m='100980'>me.</span> <span m='101320'>And</span> <span m='101940'>fortunate,</span> <span m='102390'>I</span> <span m='102480'>chose</span> <span m='102750'>the</span> <span m='102860'>right</span> <span m='103080'>one</span> <span m='103500'>and</span> <span m='104350'>gave</span> <span m='104560'>me</span> <span m='104680'>a lot</span> <span m='105110'>of</span> <span m='105210'>autonomy</span> <span m='105440'>and</span> <span m='105540'>I've</span> <span m='105740'>learned</span> <span m='106020'>a</span> <span m='106170'>lot</span> <span m='106440'>that</span> <span m='106690'>way.</span> <span m='107400'>So</span> <span m='107510'>that</span> <span m='107620'>was</span> <span m='107790'>good</span> <span m='108030'>for</span> <span m='108190'>me,</span> <span m='108630'>not</span> <span m='108880'>for</span> <span m='109060'>others.</span> <span m='109490'>So</span> <span m='110120'>choose</span> <span m='110430'>the</span> <span m='110540'>right</span> <span m='110900'>place</span> <span m='111250'>to</span> <span m='111360'>go</span> <span m='111650'>and</span> <span m='111770'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='115750'>I</span> <span m='115840'>chose</span> <span m='117810'>a</span> <span m='117940'>field</span> <span m='118330'>that</span> <span m='118500'>was</span> <span m='118680'>exciting</span> <span m='119200'>for</span> <span m='119410'>me,</span> <span m='119630'>that</span> <span m='119830'>I</span> <span m='119890'>was</span> <span m='120670'>passionate</span> <span m='121110'>about.</span> <span m='122460'>So</span> <span m='122620'>if</span> <span m='122860'>you</span> <span m='122930'>don't</span> <span m='123230'>have</span> <span m='123410'>passion,</span> <span m='123710'>you won't</span> <span m='123960'>have</span> <span m='124140'>the</span> <span m='124230'>energy</span> <span m='124690'>to</span> <span m='124790'>pursue</span> <span m='126440'>through</span> <span m='126800'>to</span> <span m='127030'>the</span> <span m='127150'>challenges.</span> <span m='128810'>So</span> <span m='130110'>I</span> <span m='130240'>followed</span> <span m='130550'>my</span> <span m='130729'>passion,</span> <span m='131400'>I</span> <span m='131560'>followed</span> <span m='132510'>my</span> <span m='132670'>strength,</span> <span m='133660'>try to</span> <span m='134030'>use</span> <span m='134130'>my</span> <span m='134300'>strength--</span> <span m='135270'>that's,</span> <span m='135625'>I</span> <span m='135980'>think,</span> <span m='136180'>what</span> <span m='137320'>made</span> <span m='137600'>me</span> <span m='138830'>where</span> <span m='138980'>I</span> <span m='139140'>am</span> <span m='139340'>now.</span> <span m='141420'>So</span> <span m='141780'>yeah,</span> <span m='142190'>those are</span> <span m='142350'>the key</span> <span m='142470'>things.</span> </p><p><span m='143540'>How</span> <span m='143750'>difficult</span> <span m='144240'>is</span> <span m='144380'>it</span> <span m='144570'>to</span> <span m='144660'>get</span> <span m='144830'>a</span> <span m='144900'>job</span> <span m='145200'>in your</span> <span m='145290'>industry?</span> <span m='145980'>Well,</span> <span m='146190'>it</span> <span m='146400'>varies.</span> <span m='147560'>It</span> <span m='147680'>depends</span> <span m='148020'>on</span> <span m='148100'>the</span> <span m='148230'>economy</span> <span m='148950'>quite</span> <span m='149180'>a</span> <span m='149230'>bit,</span> <span m='149540'>too.</span> <span m='150930'>Now</span> <span m='151280'>it's</span> <span m='151700'>pretty</span> <span m='152130'>good.</span> <span m='153850'>I</span> <span m='154000'>get</span> <span m='154610'>contacted</span> <span m='155160'>by</span> <span m='155280'>headhunters</span> <span m='155990'>on</span> <span m='156130'>a</span> <span m='156180'>weekly</span> <span m='156540'>basis.</span> </p><p><span m='158810'>But</span> <span m='158920'>I'm</span> <span m='159040'>quite</span> <span m='159270'>specialized.</span> <span m='161010'>And</span> <span m='162360'>I</span> <span m='162550'>make</span> <span m='162750'>sure to</span> <span m='163210'>orient</span> <span m='164700'>myself</span> <span m='165350'>and</span> <span m='165890'>learn</span> <span m='166370'>and</span> <span m='166700'>take</span> <span m='166910'>jobs</span> <span m='168700'>in</span> <span m='168840'>areas</span> <span m='169200'>that</span> <span m='169260'>have</span> <span m='169390'>futures.</span> <span m='171440'>So</span> <span m='171520'>that's</span> <span m='171940'>hard</span> <span m='172160'>work</span> <span m='172790'>to</span> <span m='172870'>make</span> <span m='173040'>sure</span> <span m='173260'>that</span> <span m='173790'>you</span> <span m='174120'>stay</span> <span m='174570'>current</span> <span m='175445'>and you're</span> <span m='175880'>competitive.</span> <span m='177620'>But</span> <span m='177770'>if</span> <span m='177900'>you</span> <span m='178040'>do</span> <span m='178240'>that,</span> <span m='178710'>then</span> <span m='179220'>it's</span> <span m='179670'>relatively</span> <span m='180130'>easy</span> <span m='181750'>in the</span> <span m='182070'>biochemistry</span> <span m='182820'>and</span> <span m='183850'>biotech</span> <span m='184430'>field</span> <span m='184840'>nowadays.</span> </p><p><span m='186150'>Work/life</span> <span m='186730'>balance</span> <span m='187140'>is</span> <span m='187320'>not</span> <span m='187590'>bad.</span> <span m='188790'>I</span> <span m='188960'>would</span> <span m='189210'>say</span> <span m='190280'>I</span> <span m='190480'>still</span> <span m='191390'>try</span> <span m='191720'>to</span> <span m='191860'>save</span> <span m='192140'>at</span> <span m='192240'>least</span> <span m='192530'>a</span> <span m='192600'>day</span> <span m='192980'>in</span> <span m='193160'>the</span> <span m='193260'>weekend</span> <span m='193840'>to</span> <span m='194090'>be</span> <span m='194300'>with</span> <span m='194450'>my</span> <span m='194590'>family</span> <span m='195130'>and</span> <span m='195270'>do</span> <span m='197660'>things</span> <span m='197990'>to</span> <span m='198120'>relax</span> <span m='198670'>with</span> <span m='198790'>my</span> <span m='198920'>family.</span> <span m='199610'>And</span> <span m='199670'>so</span> <span m='199810'>I have a</span> <span m='200030'>pretty</span> <span m='200270'>good</span> <span m='200520'>life</span> <span m='200570'>balance.</span> </p><p><span m='201600'>I'm</span> <span m='201840'>fortunate</span> <span m='202390'>I</span> <span m='202940'>get</span> <span m='203140'>a</span> <span m='203190'>good</span> <span m='204060'>wage.</span> <span m='204990'>They</span> <span m='205060'>treat</span> <span m='205290'>me</span> <span m='205440'>well,</span> <span m='206540'>and</span> <span m='206720'>so</span> <span m='206880'>they</span> <span m='207150'>allow</span> <span m='207310'>me</span> <span m='207520'>to</span> <span m='207600'>take</span> <span m='207820'>a</span> <span m='207870'>vacation</span> <span m='208380'>once</span> <span m='208590'>in</span> <span m='208690'>a while.</span> <span m='208995'>So</span> <span m='209300'>I'm</span> <span m='209370'>happy</span> <span m='209680'>with</span> <span m='209980'>that.</span> </p>","file":{"id":599121,"video_id":"","name":"2834-Martin - IN DEPTH.mp4","duration":210906,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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