为什么博士们需要为他们的职业生涯制定一个 "B计划"?

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塔拉-卡恩斯主题专家

当我第一次发现Kolabtree时,我很难抑制自己的兴奋。 我是一个刚毕业的博士生,目前在一个快节奏的、以拨款为导向的部门做博士后研究。 我喜欢每天在纸上谈兵的日子。 资助写作, project design and implementation, etc., but because I am a recent graduate, I’m all too familiar with “Plan B” – that is, ensuring that you have a backup plan in case your ‘Plan A’ doesn’t work out for you.  I’ve always assumed that I would have a career in academia.

像几乎所有其他博士一样,特别是社会科学博士,我在学术环境中接受了培训,我所知道的都是学术。 在我迄今为止的职业生涯中,我一直在为学术界的工作做准备。 然而,作为一名博士后,我参加了许多团体,并参加了许多研讨会,这些都是为了让我们为现实做好准备,即我们大多数人将无法在学术界找到工作。 很残酷,我知道。 但这就是我们职业轨迹的现实。

Only the lucky few, and it does seem like luck AND hard work is how Ph.D.’s are able to make their dream career a reality.  However, a career as a faculty isn’t as dreamy as it used to be.  Reality also means accepting the challenging funding climate for those who apply for federal funding.  When you take all of this in combination, you realize that you need, and are encouraged by faculty mentors, to determine your ‘Plan B’.  As scary as this has been for me, it has also been exhilarating because I have discovered that throughout my training I have gathered many skills that are applicable to many different career trajectories, including 作为一个顾问.

我在通过复杂问题进行逻辑思考、分析和评估具有挑战性的情况以及其他许多研究技能方面接受过全面的培训。 然而,我遇到的一些最具挑战性的障碍是确定1)什么样的 学术界以外的职业 I would be happy with? and more simply, 2) What would my occupation title actually be?  Nonetheless, something I have learned along the way is that no matter what kind of research career path I decide I want to follow, the most valuable skill I’ve learned throughout my training is to always strive to be a good scientist.  Thus, if I can have a career where I take my skills and expertise and help develop and implement good science, then I consider my career a win – no matter whether it is ‘Plan A’ or ‘Plan B’ or if I choose or am forced into ‘Plan A’ or ‘Plan B.’

*这是一篇特邀博文,由德克萨斯大学圣安东尼奥健康科学中心的博士后Tara Karns撰写。


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