Career Planning

A Ph.D is Not Enough!

A PhD Is Not Enough: A Guide to Survival in Science

Peter J. Feibelman
Cambridge, MA: Perseus Books 1993

Brief book with good, realistic advice for young scientists, such as getting mentors besides your PhD advisor.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: Q 147 F297p 1993 / ISBN-13: 9780201626636

Career Renewal

Career Renewal: Tools for Scientists and Technical Professionals

Stephen Rosen and Celia Paul
San Diego: Academic Press 1998

This book is directed toward scientists making a midcareer transition. Nevertheless, the information provides a much needed perspective for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on actively planning one's career.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: Q 149 R813c 1998 / ISBN-13: 9780125970600

Put Your Science to Work

Put Your Science to Work: The Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists

Peter S. Fiske, PhD
Washington, D.C.: American Geophysical Union 2001

Roughly the equivalent of What Color is Your Parachute? for scientists. This is also a very practical guide on career planning starting with the process of self-assessment. The chapters on CVs and resumes are thorough and helpful.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: Q 147 F542p 2001 / ISBN-13: 9780875902952

Outside the Ivory Tower

Outside the Ivory Tower: A Guide for Academics Considering Alternative Careers

Margaret Newhouse, PhD
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University 1993

Deciding on a career path requires understanding yourself and the characteristics of a job that are most important to you. The author of this book provides some valuable and creative exercises for self-assessment. Other useful sections are guidelines for informational interviewing and how to organize your job search.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: HF 5382 N548o 1993 / ISBN: 0943747082

What Color is Your Parachute?

What Color is Your Parachute?: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers

Richard Nelson Bolles
Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2009

This book is billed as the best selling job-hunting book in the world. Although not directed specifically toward scientists, it provides practical advice on analyzing your own strengths, interests, and goals. The author coined the phrase "informational interviewing" to describe a process for gathering information on career opportunities. Tips on interviewing should prove useful, as well.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: HF 5383 B691w 2009 / ISBN: 1580083412

Who Moved My Cheese?

Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life 

Spencer Johnson, MD
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons 1998

A humorous parable which explores how we respond to unexpected changes in our lives.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: BF 335 J69w 1998 / ISBN: 0399144463