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Exploration: Checklist


 

Have you...

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joined a professional society of association in your area of interest?

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perused journals such as Nature, Science, Scientist and Cell for job postings as well as publications devoted to your subspecialty or area(s) of interest?

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checked out websites of academic institutions or corporations to learn about skills, specific training or an educational background necessary to obtain the position?

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attended regional, national or international meetings related to your area of interest to become connected to information, careers and contacts in your field?

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considered spending some time on passion-based projects (volunteering for professional societies, museums, educational groups, environmental groups, charities; join an athletic team, begin a new hobby, take a class at a technical college, etc.) to gain new perspective and develop your career network and outlook.

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considered what type of role you might prefer:  an industry role where team skills are essential or an academic role where publications, teaching and independence may be more valuable?

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served on a university or department committee?  Being an active member of university organizations provides valuable networking and exposure.

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completed an informational interview?  Informational interviews with valuable contacts are important to provide up-to-date career information and create connections.

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started talking with your peers, your PI, former fellow graduate students or researchers in your lab who have already found jobs?  Former professors at other institutions and people you meet at meetings and conferences are also great resources for career information.  Let everyone around you know that you are in search of a position.

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found a particular school or company that you are strongly interested in and considered a personal visit to gather the information necessary to determine how it measures up to your expectations?  It is a true form of a "reality check".

 

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