It’s not what you know, it’s what you do


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Last week I was chatting with some junior graduate students in my lab and the topic of careers outside academia came up. They had heard a vague rumor that a world outside the lab exists, but, being a little science-obsessed, they hadn’t really thought of their lives beyond their theses! Considering the shortage of academic positions, as well as a decline in R&D jobs in the pharma industry, I think students should give this some thought as early as possible in order to have time to try new things and develop additional skills that will be needed to secure a job after their PhD.