T ips for Talent: Career Advice for Young Researchers

The phrase "transferable skills" has become a buzzword, as has the equally enigmatic phrase "soft skills." But although most people acknowledge that young scientists need to learn more during their training than the highly specific expertise acquired during their PhD studies, there is a widespread uncertainty about what those additional skills should be--and, more importantly, how young scientists might acquire them.

Addressing these questions, Next Wave Netherlands and the Dutch Research Council, NWO (which supports the Next Wave site in the Netherlands), recently invited 150 PhD students and postdocs to the country's first Talentsday. In eight workshops, experts shared their insights with the young researchers about networking, publishing, grant writing, career planning, creativity, project management, and giving presentations.

Building on these workshops, Next Wave presents here a new career advice series "Tips for Talents."

The ABC of Career Planning , Nathalie Peters [in Dutch]

Hundreds of books and thousands of articles have been written on the topic of career planning. So Next Wave asked Nathalie Peters, Senior Advisor at B&A Human Resources Group, to condense her professional experience into a short article that will help get you to get started on the task..

Giving Inspiring Presentations , Jeanine de Bruin [in Dutch]

Learn in our new installment of "Tips for Talent" how to present your research results. Do's and Don'ts to get your message out to media and public. Compiled for you by media expert Jeanine de Bruin, oprichter en directeur van Hakuna Matata, science & media.

Sustainable Networking--How and Why , D. van Vlooten [in Dutch]

Our networking expert tells you why and how you should invest in your scientific network, including practical tips on how to start, maintain, and terminate relationships.

Getting Your Paper Into a High-Impact Journal S. Simpson

In this installment Stephen Simpson shares with us professional insights from his job as one of the editors of Science magazine.

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