Truly depressing sight on Monday. I went to a job fair hosted by the BioSpace website. On line, it said 6 companies were going to be there, but that didn't bother me too much. I figured it would be like ACS conventions, you never know who going to be there until you show up. There's a number of biotech companies in the DMV so I couldn't believe only six companies would be there. How little do I know.
The job fair was the in the ballroom of a hotel in Rockville. After driving for over an hour to go 35 miles (oh how I missed rush hour traffic) I show up for a grand total of four companies*. I'd guess there were between 200-300 of us in that room standing in line to deliver our resumes to HR drones that had no clue what a NMR instrument does.
What was really frightening was the crowd. It was a even distribution from grad students ready to graduate to experienced workers in their 50's. No age group dominated. The mix was heavily slanted towards biologists and biochemists and split about 50/50 between masters and PhD's. Gallows humor prevailed, I was talking to a guy who joked at least we have it better than new lawyers, we don't have 100K in student debt tied to our necks.
I'm tired of being in the minors waiting for the call to the big show. Life's too short to piss around looking for #chemjobs that don't exist.Best wishes to him, and to all of us.
*one of them being Aerotek.