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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