"I realized that I really love science but not spending my time just focusing on a particular aspect of it." --Maria Cruz
A CIFRE agreement "is a good way of ... doing research and keeping other doors open," says Sylvain Schwartz.
Chave learned the ecology, molecular biology, and chemistry he needed by talking to colleagues, going to seminars, and reading papers.
Nowadays, "most researchers, especially forest ecologists, are incorporating climate change impacts into their research," says canopy ecologist Catherine Cardelús.
Acquiring the necessary skills is “a question of the student taking the initiative to familiarize him[self] or herself with other areas,” says Daniel Simberloff, a community ecologist working on forests at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Luck will play a big role in whether you become an astronaut, so "don't put all your eggs in one basket," suggests ESA astronaut Reinhold Ewald.
Along with some happy feelings, "all [Ph.D. students] experience a kind of a letdown ... about that feeling of this big project not being there anymore," says psychologist Mary McKinney.
If millennials and their employers can manage to smooth the way, say experts, we can expect great things from Gen Y.
"The key is to take advantage of whatever assets you have in your life. Get everything you possibly can out of your opportunities," says Aifantis's former high school principal, Kass Simila.
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