Recap: #ECRchat on How to Develop a Career Exit Strategy

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As host of a recent live Twitter chat via #ECRchat on “How to Develop a Career Exit Strategy”, I challenged early-career researchers to think about the question, “What you would do if your research position would unexpectedly end in a few months?” In order to avoid panicking and taking the first position that comes your way, an exit career strategy can be deployed while refocusing efforts on your ultimate career goals. Continue reading

Things You Should Know About Introverts

Donna Kridelbaugh:

So normally I don’t reblog material because it feels like cheating but this post was too good not to share in its entirety. I have read that many scientists have introvert tendencies and it’s important to recognize your personality and your individual needs. This article perfectly describes the feelings of an introvert. If you can relate to this post, then use this information to focus on how to cope with being an introvert or share with family and friends so they can understand. Does anyone have any tips on how to deal with being an introvert? I have to take long walks or go to my “mind palace” to escape from too much stimuli going on around me and to refocus my thoughts.

Originally posted on Playfully Tacky:

From MeetTheIntroverts.com

From MeetTheIntroverts.com

1) We need to recharge alone.
This right here is the cusp of the entire introvert v. extrovert debate (if there is one, anyway) – Introverts need to be alone to recharge. We tend to get completely worn out by socializing. This is basically what it means to be an introvert.

2) We don’t hate being around people, but we probably hate crowds.
I love being with people, but if you drop me into a large crowd I instantly feel like I’m alone and invisible. I try to avoid situations where I feel that way, so I may decline your open invitation to some random event. It doesn’t mean I don’t like to be around you, it just means I like to have more control over my surroundings.

3) We don’t mind silence.
I can sit beside you in silence and not think we are having a bad…

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Announcing Redesign of Science Mentor Website

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I am pleased to announce the redesign of my Science Mentor website that focuses on providing career management information for early-career professionals in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields via the self-mentoring process. The site is being enhanced so that I can develop more tools and resources to help guide readers through successful career transitions. Continue reading