This newsletter is distributed the last Thursday of the month and contains a variety of resources, links, and reflections on graduate-level career & professional development, higher education, and an occasional detour into neuroscience topics, the area I formally trained in as a graduate student and postdoc.
Missed the inaugural newsletter from January 2021?
Events that unfolded prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic prompted me to seek out a new career opportunity. Here, I highlight the importance of a strong support network in helping one land an initial position post-postdoc. I addition, I reflect on whether one's working environment values your contributions and is place you can see yourself at long-term.
In this study, the authors leveraged National Science Foundation data (Survey of Earned Doctorates & Survey of Doctorate Recipients) to understand how postdoctoral training length, compensation, and location varied across the physical sciences/engineering and life science. In addition, they showed that movement between employment sectors after postdoctoral training was quite varied and fluid, dispelling the notion that postdoctoral training outside academia restricts opportunities for securing tenure-track faculty positions in the future. They report many of their findings by race/ethnicity, sex, and US citizenship status highlighting how career trajectories and salaries can differ amongst these populations.
The goal of Becoming a Resilient Scientist is to help the postdoctoral community develop the resilience you need to navigate challenging situations at work and in life. The series will consist of five webinars, each followed by a small group discussion the following week. Each discussion will center around the resilience of postdocs and postdoc office admins but will also include ways to apply the session material as participants move towards becoming mentors in their fields.