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Career Renewal: Tools for Scientists and Technical Professionals Paperback – October 27, 1997

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"...Rosen and Paul present an enormous wealth of practical material gleaned from years of experience in helping technical professionals evaluate their careers and find new jobs...The book is well written, easy to read, and offers a good deal of information and insight."
--Dennis Chamot, Professional Relations Bulletin

"The empowerment of scientists to pursue broad career options is a pressing need on both the individual and societal levels. This book draws upon the authors' extensive experience to assist these professionals in making career transitions. It combines personal experiences, practical tips and a fresh perspective on healthy and unhealthy attitudes regarding career change. The book would be a useful addition to the library of any scientist contemplating a transition."
--ROBERT H. RICH, Ph.D., President, Association for Science Professionals, Program Associate, American Association for the Advancement of Science

"If I had to find a new job, this is the one book I'd read! And carefully so. Stephen Rosen and Celia Paul offer plausible and practical advice, founded in much experience, to the professional changing his or her career. Career Renewal is the ultimate self-help manual for the intelligent job seeker...Career Renewal is a superbly intelligent and practical guide to finding a new profession, to making that new turn that an educated person wants or is forced to make."
--ROALD HOFFMANN, 1981 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

"This book is chicken soup for career maladies--and the disgruntled, dismayed, and disenfranchised among the science-trained. The authors have fashioned an antidote to the maxim 'smart people can do anything by amassing testimonials from scientists who have made career transitions. They offer 'existence proofs that science is indeed a solid foundation for a range of jobs. The list of 25 'counterproductive career strategies, dangerous to smart people is a compelling inventory for any professional. With wit and wisdom, Rosen and Paul have produced a singular source--a combination survival kit, biography, and self-help directory to remind and inform the reader that career renewal is a 45-year journey. Each of us can do more for ourselves than merely 'hold on."
--DARYL E. CHUBIN, Ph.D., National Science Foundation, Policy Analyst and Co-author of Rethinking Science as a Career: Perceptions and Realities in the Physical Sciences

"To those familiar with the popular career development literature, this is a variation of What Color is Your Parachute?, but geared for scientists and engineers. What especially distinguishes their book, besides their use of science metaphors, is the case studies of scientists and other technical professionals making career changes, some quite dramatic: from research physics to software company management, naval architecture to English literature, geology to international finance, and so on. If you want to take a brief and private time-out to think about what matters in your career and life, and how well your current situation matches your values and skills and interests, Rosen and Paul provide tools for organizing your thoughts and feelings."
--Catherine D. Gaddy, Executive Director of the Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology in Washington, DC, IEEE SPECTRUM

"CAREER RENEWAL, a compendium of self-help ideas, checklists and case histories compiled by two professional consultants (one a former astrophysicist), is designed to help people in the sciences who are less than happy with where their education has taken them. It should appeal to a wide range of readers. Their book is full of thoughtful suggestions and useful tools, helpful to anyone who ambition to unravel the secrets of the universe has been tempered by the need to pay the rent."
--Laurence A. Marschall, Professor of Physics at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, THE SCIENCES

"...Many people should find this book a useful road map in negotiating their way to a more satisfying career..."
--Corinne A. Marasco, ACS Department of Career Services

"...the book has very strong appendices with well-annotated guides to other material, including books, references, software, Web sites, recruiters and more..."
--Brian B. Schwartz, Brooklyn College, PHYSICS TODAY

"...it primary strength in presenting a wholesome and holistic philosophy of a career path for a scientist, which is one of the best examples...one of the best $25 investments I have ever made..."
--Igor A. Berensnev, Research Professor in Geophysics, Department of Earth Sciences Carleton University

From the Back Cover

This guide will help you find a satisfying career in today's market. It includes numerous assessment surveys, identifies career resources for professional networking, outlines how to write a winning resume, and features numerous personal case histories of those who have successfully made the transition from academia to the business world. The authors' step-by-step techniques have been field-tested on thousands and will help you to discover new career perspective.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 1 edition (October 27, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0125970609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0125970600
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,907,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Hypothetical Obituary Notice For Stephen Rosen (02-18-12)

Stephen Rosen, who helped several hundred Jewish émigre scientists and refuseniks who fled the former Soviet Union after its collapse, to find work in their specialties in the U.S., died in his sleep. The cause of his death, according to his wife and business partner, Celia Paul, was hypochondriasis

Rosen founded the Science & Technology Advisory Board, a non-profit organization that pioneered in developing new methods of career management for scientists and engineers. Both wrote the book "Career Renewal" (1998) and articles on career counseling for lawyers, scientists and physicians. Together they produced workshops and seminars at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York at medical societies, at Mount Sinai Medical School of Medicine MD-PhD Program, at Rockefeller University and MIT for scientists, and at the US National Academy of Sciences.

Previously, he wrote articles and edited a book on the origins of cosmic radiation and the collisions of primary high-energy cosmic-ray protons with interstellar and intergalactic hydrogen to produce anti-protons. In 1968 he was research scientist at the Institut d'Astrophysique in Paris, and the Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires de Saclay.

From 1969 to 1970, Rosen was Senior Professional Staff member of the Hudson Institute, working on national security issues and technological forecasting. Using novel information-gathering methods, his book "Future Facts" (1976) correctly predicted several hundred embryonic developments in science and technology, communications, transportation, medicine and health, construction, and computer engineering.

As an Assistant Professor of Physics at the State University of New York Maritime College 1960 to 1966, his colleagues and students said he was an inspiring, witty, and admired teacher. On one occasion, lecturing on relativity he brought all his students to their feet applauding wildly by deriving Einstein's famous equation (E=Mc squared) from first principles in a single 45-minute lecture. Rosen had been a student of Einstein's colleague Banesh Hoffmann at Queens College of the City of New York, from which he graduated with honors in physics in 1955.

He was a familiar sight in East Hampton at yard sales, where he and his wife Ms. Paul had a home in the North West Woods, and where he single-handedly built a tree-house (called "Butterfly Landing") which he wrote about in the East Hampton Star (April, 2008). The tree-house was blessed and a mezuzah added at a special ceremony by Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman of the Jewish Center of the Hamptons.

Rosen was also known as a serious amateur photographer and sculptor, and writer of songs and lyrics for special occasions--such as milestone events in the lives of his many friends and relatives. His memoir, "Youth, Middle-age, and You-Look-Great: Dying to come back as a memoir" was published on Kindle in 2013

He is survived by two children, Lisa Jo Rosen of New York and Rome, and Daniel Marc Rosen of Galway, Ireland from an earlier marriage to Miki Tekla Gold ending in divorce. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Jascha of New York and Galway, and Tanya who resides in Belfast, a brother Elliott Jay Rosen of Albany, New York, a sister Barbara Fleck-Paladino, and nephews Louie Fleck of New York, Sascha Paladino of Dublin, Ireland, Bela Fleck of Nashville, Tennessee, and Neil Rosen of Albany, New York.

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By A Customer on January 23, 2001
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I am a Biochemistry/Molecular Biology PhD who has made transition into one of the "alternative careers". Three years before I made the transition, I bought and read the book.
I found the book generally helpful. But at the time when I was struggling with my career decision, I found the book inadequate. The book tried to cover too many areas of professions. It includes not only life scientists, but also medical doctors, accountants, engineers, psychologists, and even English-major... These people, like me, all want to make career changes. This book is too general. It does not give me enough information for my particular case. In reality, there are "alternative career" opportunities which are open to an English major but closed to a Biochemist.
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I found this book to be very helpful. The exercises helped me reconnect with my interests and values, and assess my capabilities. I have also read The Seven Habits of Highly Successful people by Stephen Covey, which sells the idea of having a personal mission, but doesn't give a lot of insight on how to know your mission. Career Renewal helped me visualize my goals and values, which helps in creating a mission. The two books are complementary and should be read together.
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To be honest I only got halfway through before giving up. The writers have some very interesting ideas about career health, career transitions and provide good stories and metaphors to get you psyched up about career change. It is also extremely helpful to have a sympathetic voice acknowledging how exploitive and dysfunctional academic research careers are. I wish the writers were my grandparents or or sympathetic aunt and uncle.

Operationally the book would be improved by having web-based forms to complete the exercises rather than having to create your own forms. Also many of the web links in the book are stale and 404'ed because it is getting old.

I was surprised to discover that I actually had met a couple of the people profiled. I'm not sure I agree with the upbeat assessment of their career transitions and personalities.

Some people are unfulfilled or frustrated by academic (or commercial) research and need to find something else to do. They need to "get over" their long held belief that research was their one and only destiny. For these people the book is probably helpful.

However, there are others who feel research IS what they really and truly want to do, but they are unhappy about the dysfunctional state of academic and technical research careers. Sadly, for these people the book won't be much help.
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By A Customer on March 30, 1999
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I would rank this book along with other great resources like Vaultreports.com as the best places for people in the sciences looking for a satisfying career.
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best for professionals and pre-professionals...parachute for scientists, doctors, engineers, and lawyers. really on target
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