In Tough Economic Times, What's A New Science Grad To Do?

The current recession has not spared professionals, and 1991-92 has been a difficult year for young scientists attempting to leave university campuses for permanent positions, whether in industry or academia. As career advisers to young scientists for a combined total of 15 years, we have never seen a year in which so many scientists have expressed doubts about continuing in research as it has traditonally been conducted. On the other hand, we have also spoken with employers offering opportunit

Mary Morris Heiberger
Jun 7, 1992
The current recession has not spared professionals, and 1991-92 has been a difficult year for young scientists attempting to leave university campuses for permanent positions, whether in industry or academia. As career advisers to young scientists for a combined total of 15 years, we have never seen a year in which so many scientists have expressed doubts about continuing in research as it has traditonally been conducted. On the other hand, we have also spoken with employers offering opportunities that did not exist 10 years ago.

We have learned that many scientists tend to feel that successful careers inevitably follow successful research. In the present environment, such an attitude is a luxury that most candidates can ill afford. New scientists who take the time to understand the present market and future trends, and who position themselves intelligently, as suggested below, are much more likely to be the beneficiaries, rather than...

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