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Part of becoming a successful scientist is building up your own portfolio of ideas: experiments you'd love to do if you ever get the time (and money).
While there are good reasons for some to stay on to pursue R&D in academia, industry offers equally or even more exciting careers.
It's a real problem when Ph.D.s can't function outside the university.
Taking the initial leap was difficult and very, very, scary ... but it was also exciting, challenging, and enlightening.
The base of the scientific pyramid is becoming smaller and smaller and erosion at the top won't be repaired with stones making their way upward.
The biomedical industry offers an exciting, fast-paced environment where you can see results quickly applied to the marketplace to benefit others.
As science is a global endeavour, I believe I will continue to interact with researchers in different regions of the world when I return to Singapore.
"In the future, more attention will be paid to publications and whether the scientific goals are reached within the intended time."
--Rainer Paulenz, AWI
"I'm fortunate in that the leading researchers in my field are with the institute, so not only do I get to know them, but they get to know me. That can only be beneficial when I seek future employment."
I find I am using a wider range of my skills as a picture editor than I did in the lab, which makes it more satisfying and less stressful.
The high average graduation age in Germany remains a serious issue for young academics here.
Conflicts over data ownership and disclosure do occur, maybe more frequently than we'll ever know.
Ignorance is no defense.
Mentoring is an art that requires skills and attitude that are in short supply in this case.
Conveying facts was an easy task for me and I liked it much better than doing scientific research itself.
One major problem appears to be women's reluctance to put themselves forward, either for jobs in the first place, or for promotion.
Unlike other environmental issues, air pollution crosses national borders. So to address these issues it is crucial for the governments and scientists from neighboring countries to work closely.
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