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Extracurricular Activities for a Strong Science Career Path

Posted by Margo R. Monroe on Jan 21, 2014 10:08:00 AM

Which graduate student hasn’t been asked the question: “Academia or industry?” Once academia was the clear answer with a well-defined path to professorship. But recently a downward trend in funding and space in academic research labs has more students looking for other options. While graduate programs provide support for academic career development, it's often left to students to identify and build the necessary skills for alternative careers. Science Careers has developed a web-based, career-planning platform called theIndividual Development Plan (IDP) and uses it to match qualified scientists to jobs in industry, academia, and government. This great resource allows the undecided to learn about a variety of science professions based on their skills and interests. Once scientists identify potential career pathways, education and mastering new skill sets must occur by doing work outside of the lab.

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Topics: Career

Choosing a Good Mentor for Scientists

Posted by Joanne Kamens on Jan 16, 2014 9:56:08 AM

A scientist-in-training will spend 10 or more years with a small number of formal advisors learning how to be a scientist. It is shocking how little pre-work most PhD students and postdocs do to ensure the advisors they choose will be ones that help them succeed after the training period. While there are many aspects to choosing the right labs (see my webinar on this topic), for this second entry in the “Mentoring for Scientists Series”, let’s focus on how to choose an advisor/principal investigator (PI) that will also serve as a good mentor. To read more about what makes a good mentor, see the previous post in this series.

Check out Joanne's Reddit AMA

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Topics: Career, Mentoring for Scientists

"What Makes a Good Mentor?" and 6 More FAQs About Science Mentoring

Posted by Joanne Kamens on Dec 17, 2013 9:47:07 AM

"The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own." -Benjamin Disraeli

Mentor, Sponsor, Advisor, Boss – who will help me advance my science career? We spend many years becoming scientists. It takes us a decade or more for just the “training” portion of our careers. In that time we may have only 2-3 formal supervisors that will provide guidance and experience. Navigating a fulfilling career in science can be challenging – is advice and guidance from only 2 people enough? 

For many years I’ve been organizing mentoring programs for scientists and doing training to help mentors and mentees have fulfilling, productive relationships. I will be sharing what I’ve learned along the way in this ongoing series of blog posts.

Listen to our podcast interview with Harvard Medical School researcher Connie Cepko to learn about her mentoring style.
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Topics: Career, Mentoring for Scientists

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