One suggestion I hear repeatedly from Ph.D.s and postdocs is that our university should offer more opportunities to meet local employers who hire Ph.D.s. Many institutions address such student needs through targeted career fairs, which bring together representatives and recruiters from employers who hire graduates with advanced degrees. If high-quality career fairs are available, graduate students should take advantage of those opportunities to learn about the area’s major employers, to expand their networks and to explore career paths and organizations that they might not otherwise consider.
Archives for July 2017
What does a scientist look like?
You don’t look like a scientist.
Have you ever been told this? I get it quite often. Sometimes from children, but also from adults.
Some years ago, a Ph.D. holder with a successful nonacademic career told me how her postdoc supervisor gave her permission to leave the lab. After watching the trainee become more and more dispirited by repetitive experiments, the lab chief gently told her, “You know, my dear, there’s more to life than this”—words that liberated the young scientist to pursue totally different, and ultimately very satisfying, endeavors.
STEAM education, currently introduced to individuals during their college years, is set up to teach students how to thinking critically, enabling them to problem solve effectively and use creative thinking to drive forward and complete projects using new methods, tried and tested solutions and using their own initiatives.
In the journey to increasing diversity within the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields, minorities have come far but they are not there; and only by providing the resources, mentoring, and including everyone will the United States become No.1 in STEM worldwide.