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By Peter J. Feibelman

A Ph.D. isn't really Enough! is needed studying for an individual contemplating making use of to graduate college or coming into the technological know-how task industry. concentrating on serious survival abilities, it deals sound recommendation on deciding on a thesis or postdoctoral adviser; picking out between study jobs in academia, executive laboratories, and undefined; and defining a learn application. This new version positive factors updates all through and a brand new bankruptcy reflecting today's quickly altering global.

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But it was not long before L. was moved from the research division of his company. Some will argue that L. just wasn’t suited for research, that his fate was predetermined by his personality. This may be the truth. On the other hand, I have the lingering feeling that if L. had been appropriately mentored at some point during his decade of higher education and as a postdoctoral researcher, he would have succeeded in the career for which he had trained, 0465022229-Feibelman_Layout 1 10/28/10 10:36 AM Page 13 Peter J.

He proposed my name as someone to fill his position, a permanent one. By then, I knew * That’s right—newspaper. Craigslist, need I remind you, did not exist in . 0465022229-Feibelman_Layout 1 10/28/10 10:36 AM Page 23 Peter J. Feibelman 23 what it takes to have a career in science. I could articulate my research direction. I understood that as a theorist, I needed to persuade experimenters that I would be helpful to them, and also that I grasped ideas they did not. So, I prepared and burnished a talk.

Barge into people’s labs, politely, and find out what kind of work is going on. Discover whether there are other research programs to which you can contribute. Get copies of your lab’s preprints. Read them, and if you have criticisms, questions, or contributions, make them known. Every lab is eager to employ and to recommend interactive people. If you are congenitally shy, you have a real problem, one that it would be helpful to overcome. Try to focus on the idea that positive feedback from the people you 0465022229-Feibelman_Layout 1 10/28/10 10:36 AM Page 38 38 a p hd is not enough!

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