In her video, “The Risk of Starting a Career in Science,” Zella Zanolli talks about the frustrations of sacrificing everything for her science career, then struggling to find a good science position. This is sadly a common story. Does it mean you should give up on having a science career? As usual, Morgan provides a unique perspective on the question… watch the video to find out, and post your comments on the blog.
It’s not so great if you find yourself embedded in a stiff bureaucracy that is reticent to any kind of change.
Universities seem to have come to the notion that scientists are all just little producers of revenue, and that the whole endeavor is just one big business. In fact, I advocate that if you run your lab and career like a business, you’ll be more successful. However, that doesn’t mean that I agree that all of academia should turn into a big business, and today I have an ridiculous real-world example to illustrate that with.
Having good mentoring is vital to move forward in a science career. Today’s careers are fraught with complexities that didn’t previously exist, and navigating through those can be daunting without good advice. However, if you seek out mentors who are too close to the “outcome of the experiment” (that would be you and your career), you are risking problems.
In this six part series, Morgan explores what it takes to achieve great success in a career as a scientist. In this episode, she focuses on the vital task of defining who you are and where you’re going in life.