"You have to be lucky, because there is a lot of good people and they [too] deserve the position," says Collard.
"Most of our propositions were relatively inexpensive yet had some potential for actually changing things," says Jean-François Moyen on behalf of SLR-JC.
"The responsibility of being read or heard or seen by thousands of people," which many people would find daunting, is something Jorge Mira Pérez really relishes in his broadcasting career.
The fate of Ramón y Cajal researchers very much depends on their postcode, says National Association of Ramón y Cajal Researchers Secretary Alex Mira Obrador.
France is unusual in that finding a position doesn't necessarily mean finding employment.
"All the people in the Observatory are involved in
protecting the population," says Orazi. "There are one million people near the volcanoes."
There is much to be gained from industrial experience, Ceccaroni feels, even for those who want an academic career.
"I was offered the two [jobs] because, I think, I gained a lot in maturity; it is what they look for when they say 'you have to go abroad'," says Khodri.
Not only does Barroso find her research fascinating, she also finds it easy to grab the interest of her family and friends when she explains what she does--a rare quality in a scientific job.
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