“Of course I am still learning, but that’s the point. I am finally at a place where I feel needed and valued.”
–Orbis Associate, July 18, 2014
For this week’s post, we wanted to give a flavor of what it is like to work at Orbis Biosciences®. We are sharing notes from one of our associates.
In college, I fantasized about my professional life in the real world. I would have this awesome job where I would be surrounded by talented colleagues working together on groundbreaking research and actually make a difference in the world. Through hard work and dedication, I would slowly work my way up the totem pole and turn my job into a career that I loved.
Then I started my first real scientific job. Oh, how quickly that fantasy darkened. After two months of training, I quickly realized that I was now able to do the exact same thing as the people who had been working there for as long as I had been alive. The realization was paralyzing. I had my first “oh my goodness” moment, the moment when you realize that you are working in a dead-end job, the moment when you realize that no matter how hard you work, it won’t matter. This was not how it was supposed to be. I wasn’t supposed to be following protocols that someone else made for me. I wasn’t supposed to be running the same procedures over and over and over again. After five months of working in quality control and finding myself just running through the motions and not having to actually THINK about what I was doing, I realized it was time for me to move on.
Fast forward about two years.
After starting at Orbis, I quickly realized that this is where I belonged. Yes, every day has brought new challenges. Yes, I have been intimidated by all of the brilliant people I now worked with. But now, now I have something to work for. Now I have people to inspire me to work toward something. In the past eight months at Orbis, I have learned more about science as a whole than I had in my two years at two different large companies. I have been expected to work outside of my comfort zone and to wear many hats. I am not just responsible for running the HPLC or mindlessly taking samples. I am now responsible for all of the analytical aspects of our projects. I am the analytical expert. At first, I found this extremely daunting. But this is what I’ve always dreamed about… right? This was the push that I needed.
Orbis has pushed me to be a better scientist. Of course I am still learning, but that’s the point. I am finally at a place where I feel needed and valued. I’ve had that “oh my goodness” moment here at Orbis but only in the best way possible. I’ve realized that I can become someone here. There is no limit for what I can learn and achieve at Orbis.