Foreword


I devoted the first decade of my adult life to pursuing a rewarding science career but not having a clear picture of what that rewarding career would be. As an undergraduate, I was encouraged (as many students are) to pursue a PhD and become a “mini-me” of my undergraduate professors. But life as a single mother and the monotony of basic research interfered (thank goodness) with these unrealistic career goals for my personal situation.

With a few professional experiences under my belt (and the impending realism of a teenager who will be begging for college money in a few years), I have refocused my career efforts to transition away from the research/teaching lab bench and into a career that will take advantage of my technical, organizational and communication skills. Thus, I have embarked on a journey of exploring alternative science careers in a process that I have coined “self-mentoring”.

In attempts to retain some sanity and save others from the despair of wandering aimlessly in pursuit of a satisfying career, I have decided to share my experiences and related career development information through creation of this blog with regular posts on relevant topics. My primary objective is to provide a step-by-step guide to “self-mentoring” for the aspiring science professional at any career level.

You can browse the posts in any order or visit the page menu to guide you through the career development section of the blog. I hope that you will find this information useful for your personal career development and please feel free to comment with additional resources/ideas that will be helpful to readers. Best wishes with your future science career endeavors!

2 thoughts on “Foreword

  1. Xiaofeng says:

    “I have devoted .. to pursuing a rewarding science career but not having a clear picture of what that rewarding career would be.” I strongly agree that this situation is exactly true for most young scientists. Sometime, young scientists mistakenly think more products or breakthrough in the field would guarantee a rewarding career, it is partially true; but other aspects, like connection, service, presentation skill, etc are equally important. Mentoring will be critically important to avoid this situation. Self-metoring is even more important since only yourself know what you exactly want in the future.

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