What’s your career exit strategy?

Donna Kridelbaugh

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With the uncertainty of government funding and shrinking research budgets, scientists need to develop a career plan that includes an exit strategy — an alternate career route that will pay the bills during transition periods while you refocus your career goals. I am not advocating that researchers flee from their current positions in mass exodus for fear of losing research funding; rather, I challenge each of you to regularly think about this scenario: What would you do if you found out tomorrow that the funding for your project was ending in a few months?