A couple weeks ago on Cosmic Variance, Sean asked his readers for advice for scientists interested in pursuing a non-academic track: Soliciting Advice: Non-Academic Careers for Ph.D.’s
The comments are chock-full of great ideas. The couple things I take away are:
- The need for science policy folks is greater than I thought. (But are all these jobs in DC?)
- There are lots of resources that need to be added to our Career Paths wiki page. (It would be great if a couple of you could help with that.)
- I personally really like the model described by Blair (#64) about training and mentoring customized to the student’s strengths and desires. However, not all advisors know how to do this. PhD advisors and graduate chairs must be armed with the tools to make preparing students for a variety of career paths a regular part of PhD training.
What are the common threads you see? And most importantly, what actions can be taken to implement these ideas and change attitudes?