My intention this month was to write about career decisions, to accompany the workshop recaps on medical degrees and teaching options available to scientists. But as I was trying to craft a piece on making choices, I realized that the “good” choice isn’t always obvious. We each have unique life situations that dictate options available to us. I should know; I began my scientific career with the intent to become a tenure-track professor, but then I married an Air Force officer who moves every few years. My decisions, therefore, became bounded by the parameters of an active-duty military lifestyle. My choices shifted to focus on general life aims rather than one specific career goal.
I won’t lie—it’s not an easy process. I spent a lot of time reflecting on why I pursued research, and what I saw as my role in the scientific community. The answers to those questions will vary from fellow to fellow. From my personal experience, I can affirm that being aware of your end goal can lead to a satisfying decision, even with a limited set of choices available to you. Think about what you want out of life as a scientist, and then use your choices to press the pedal and steer in that direction.
But first, let’s take a quick trip to our announcements and events this month. Details for the 2019 Three-minute-Talk competition are available, and the annual Graduate Student Research Symposium is happening in just a few weeks. If you’re looking for other opportunities to connect with fellows, Suna Gulay’s “Rep Report,” where she announces Fellows Committee (FelCom) events and new committee positions, is a great place to start!
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
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