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Although it is true that some people use an early MBA as a launching pad, many others claim that the degree, without work experience behind it, only makes the job search more difficult.
The puritanical reverence some people have for science may be a good thing, but it can sometimes lead to bad career choices.
There are great opportunities in industry, as well as situations in which your career could languish.
It's tempting to hang with the tried and true, but sometimes going against the crowd can pay off.
"While graduates can easily head into an industry career because of the network connections they make, their science is deemed "worthy" enough to keep them on the academic ladder as well."
Common Etiquette May Play a Role in Landing Job Offers
Good science and likability combine to land you the offer.
It just doesn't pay to start a negotiation close to the bottom line.
"Scientists coming from academia will rapidly separate themselves into two camps: those who take the advice of their mentors and proceed cautiously, and those who use their internal motivation, creativity, and a lot of hours to tear up the track."
When giving a job talk to an industrial employer, remember that you—and not your science—are the product the company is thinking about investing in.
Often as not, resilience ends up being the difference between success and failure.
Think about what it was like when you were 16 or 17 years old, and you were learning to drive your parents' car.
"Business success is often defined by comfort with ambiguity and risk--personal, organizational, and financial." --Don Haut
The key to presenting your weaknesses in a job interview is to make them nonthreatening and present a plan for addressing them.
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