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January 25, 2012, 11:19 am

Working It: Valuable Skills You Didn’t Even Know You Had

Given my non-traditional, alt-ac position, I am often asked to give career advice, which still surprises me because I am in no way an expert. I sort of feel like I’ve just fallen into the jobs I’ve had. But there are a few things that I did differently from your average grad student or postdoc that probably helped me get where I am.

I frequently hear graduate students and postdocs repeat the oft-given advice that you should only focus on your research, to the exclusion of all other activities. That anything else will hold you back and delay reaching the ultimate goal of becoming a tenure-track professor. But focusing on your research and publishing like a machine is no guarantee of a tenure-track job. And following this advice can actually harm you if you are interested in any other kind of job – and trust me, even if you think that the only job for you is “professor,”…

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