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Making any kind of career transition requires that you review your skills to evaluate where your strengths lie, but scientists often discount skills they have learned in graduate school and/or in the lab. In some cases, they may not even consider such skills as being applicable to life beyond the lab. In this career collection, we examine what skills make you marketable and how you can build on your experiences to help you transition to the next phase of your career--and be confident that you have the skills you need to get the job done.
Science Careers Booklets
Science Careers has teamed up with some great organizations to bring you information about the latest career opportunities in many different fields. The profiles include organizations that are recruiting and the types of positions they offer. We’ve also included our 2014 Top Employers article along with some general tips and advice on job searching.
Last month, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) released a report* with some grim news that confirmed what is painfully obvious to recent Ph.D. graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields: Unemployment for this cohort is on the rise (at 2.4% in 2010, up nearly a percentage point since 2008). Although it remains below the U.S. national average for all workers (8.2%), for bright students who have invested many years in specialized education and training, the outlook is discouraging. Furthermore, according to an NSF survey, in 2008 only 16% of Ph.D.’s in science, engineering, and health fields held positions in academia within three years of earning a doctorate.† Prospects for employment can be improved, however, for STEM Ph.D.’s who make a concerted effort to learn about positions outside the lab and prepare themselves for alternative paths.
From College to Careers: Fostering Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in STEM is the product of a collaborative project initiated to examine current issues and explore future directions for improving the academic success and career entry rate of postsecondary students with disabilities (SWDs) in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. This publication contains chapters prepared by four groups of invited authors who shared their pertinent research findings, expert knowledge and views on key topics pertinent to this topic.
Today's employment market demands that you have a complete mastery of the job search process. To help you polish the critical skills you'll need for a successful job search, Science Careers is offering a booklet of career advice on topics including choosing a career path, effective networking, getting the most from a career fair, marketing yourself to potential employers and acing your job interview. Read this booklet translated in Chinese.
If you have grappled with the question of whether you’d be better off in academia or industry, rest assured you are not alone. Trying to decide which career path to pursue is one of the most frequently discussed topics on ScienceCareers.org. With the increasing limited availability of academic positions, scientists must evaluate their options more critically than ever before and consider options beyond the typical academic path.
The keys to building a fulfilling career go far beyond the daily tasks of the job. Real success comes to those scientists who find themselves working in an environment that suits not only their skill sets but their personalities as well. Finding this balance can mean the difference between a tolerable job and a truly rewarding career.
Struggling with your next career step? Science Careers' editorial team brings you "Career Basics: Advice and Resources for Scientists." The booklet provides advice and help on preparing CVs and resumes, writing grants and scientific papers, networking, and much more.
Science and the L'Oréal Foundation are proud to bring you our next Women in Science booklet, this time with a focus on women pursuing research in "green science". The stories you'll read here feature some extraordinary women whose passion for discovery, and compassion for our planet and its peoples, fuels their search for answers to difficult issues such as global climate change, famine, drought, and epidemics. You will read about women working across the globe, from Uzbekistan to Colombia, doing their research in unusual and interesting locations, from drought-stricken parts of Africa to the tropical jungles of Central America.
A lot of what's written about science careers focuses on the career options available to individuals or how to apply for jobs when you're ready to go on the market. The reality, of course, is that we should be thinking about our career long before that point. This booklet looks at the steps you can take throughout your training to better prepare for your career. Whether you're considering which internship opportunity to pursue, what sort of graduate school experience you might be interested in, or what to expect in your postdoc position, there's information in this booklet for you.
Science and the L’Oréal Foundation have teamed up once again to bring you the latest Women in Science booklet focusing on 16 women in five different areas of biology research. The essays about these scientists give you an idea of the differences and similarities between their jobs as well as some insight into their personal triumphs and struggles as they have built successful and meaningful careers. The interviews span the career spectrum from new scientists to more established researchers who have experienced the many ups and downs of a life in biology research.
Running a lab effectively is a complex undertaking that involves managing many things including people, time, projects, and budgets. Many scientists never receive formal training on running their lab but instead learn how to do it from mentors who have been successful. This booklet brings together advice and tips from Science Careers in order to help you be successful in running your own laboratory.
Relationships with colleagues will be important throughout your scientific career. Building and sustaining these relationships is the focus of the latest booklet from Science Careers. Learn more about relationships with your advisers, mentors, collaborators, and the rest of your network. This booklet can help you use communication skills, collaborating, informational interviews, and online social networking sites to guide you through your career. Line your career path with the tools to succeed.