Building reputations, relocation, adjunct teaching and more have been the topics of choice in May 2015.
This month the Naturejobs team have been working hard on the Boston Naturejobs Career Expo, which happened last week. It was a long, but great day and we want to thank everyone who got involved: Speakers, delegates, exhibitors, sponsors. THANK YOU!
For those that missed it, there will be reports on the event coming out on the Naturejobs blog next week, starting with a summary of the keynote speech by Professor Robert Langer on Monday June 1st.
But now I want to concentrate on May, and here’s a list of your Top Ten reads from Nature Careers and the Naturejobs blog:
1. To get respect in a field, scientists need to consider not just their work, but also their interactions with others, says Chris Woolston in Recognition: Build a reputation on Nature Careers.
2. Contract teaching positions are becoming the norm for many aspiring professors. Know how to make the best out of them, says Kendall Powell in Adjunct teaching: For the love of lecture on Nature Careers.
3. The postdoc series: Help for lost postdocs shows how self-reflection can help young researchers analyze their skills and plan for their futures.
4. Find the story in the science, says Åsmund Eikenes in Visual maps bring research to life on Nature Careers.
5. Enforced mingling and straight-up instruction can help scientists in a foreign country, says Paul Smaglik in Relocation: Out of place on Nature Careers.
6. If work/life balance is unachievable, people should focus on acknowledging that life is a journey, not a goal, says Melissa Greven in Work/life balance: An artificial construct on the Naturejobs blog.
7. Don’t follow in the footsteps of your idols. Create your own career path inspired by their work, says Sofia Otero in
Science idols: Not all they appear to be on the Naturejobs blog.
8. Spotlight on Wuhan looks at the heavy investment in science and technology research, makingg a competitive and innovative power in China.
9. Scientists are inherently entrepreneurs, as Ada Yee learned when comparing the two during a business school talk. She writes her thoughts up in Career paths: Realize your inner entrepreneur on the Naturejobs blog.
10. The scientific culture needs to redefine work/life balance so that each person can find their own route to it, says Susan Gelman in Work/life balance: New definitions on the Naturejobs blog.
This list wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the wonderful contributors to Nature Careers and the Naturejobs blog. So, special thanks to Aliyah Weinstein, Diana Cai, Susan Gelman, Anthea Lacchia, Melissa Greven, Ada Yee and Sofía Otero on the Naturejobs blog. And to Virginia Gewin, Paul Smaglik, Kendall Powell, Chris Woolston and Åsmund Eikenes for their contributions to Nature Careers!
If you have a science careers-related story to tell, and would like to contribute to the Naturejobs blog, then get in touch by emailing me at julie dot gould at nature dot com.
Happy Friday everyone!