Career Tips: Don’t refuse an opportunity early in your career. It could change your life.

Feb 02, 2018

When developing your career, there are many opportunities that can come along to enhance your success. Check out these tips for laboratory professionals, pathologists and residents from fellow members of the laboratory team to help you come out a winner.


Laboratory Professionals

When it comes down to choosing a career path, it is very important to make sure you do your homework. No matter what it is you think you want to do, it’s always a good idea to do some research and really know if that career path is right for you. You may be surprised at what you find!

Raquel Martinez, PhD, D(ABMM)



As I was finishing my training, I was told to not refuse any opportunity in your first several years of practice, since you never know when the next great thing will happen. I have tried to be as involved in as many things as I could manage. In all these instances, I have found that working hard, having a passion about your work, and caring for others in what you do, makes a huge impact and is almost always noticed.

Kamran M. Mirza, MD, PhD, FASCP, MLS(ASCP)CM



Don't think too much about how qualified you are, just go for any appealing opportunity in front of you. There may be more failures than successes with this, but the few successes will change your life.

Anne Chen, MD