- Paperback: 179 pages
- Publisher: American Geophysical Union; 1 edition (December 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0875902952
- ISBN-13: 978-0875902951
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Whether you are a science undergraduate or graduate student, post-doc or senior scientist, you need practical career development advice. Put Your Science to Work: The Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists can help you explore all your options and develop dynamite strategies for landing the job of your dreams. Completely revised and updated from the best-selling To Boldly Go: A Practical Career Guide for Scientists, this second edition offers expert help from networking to negotiating a job offer. This is the book you need to start moving your career in the right direction.
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This Book Is About Creating Options and Recognizing Opportunities
Career planning is a process of professional development that is important for every type of career, including research science. This book is not an exhortation for you to abandon your research career goals. Rather, its goal is to show you that a wealth of opportunities exist for you in many career fields, especially because you have an advanced degree in science. Far from being a liability, a scientific training provides powerful problem-solving tools that are valuable in nearly every type of career. We scientists have much to offer the world beyond scholarly research. Ph.D. and Masters degree holders do encounter perceptions from the scientific community, the "outside world," and even within themselves that tend to reduce their career options. This book will help you attack those preconceptions and explore your true range of career options.
Exploring alternative careers can be a liberating, empowering, and enjoyable experience. Who knows? Maybe your exploration will confirm your original career goals. No matter what the outcome, you will be better off for the experience both in terms of your own career development and in the advice you may give to your students in the future.
Only you can be in control of your career and nobody cares more than YOU about your future.
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1) The "enlightenment section" - This section is worth one hundred thousand dollars and should be read by every graduate student and mid-career scientist. This is the best part of the book. It gives the reader the desire and courage to change. It contains:
a. Forward - by the President of the National Academy of Sciences
b. Preface - by the author
c. Chapters 1 & 2
This section does a good job at changing the mindset of a young or mid-career scientist. The author convincingly told the readers that the total available job market for a scientist is much bigger than just the realm of academia. Also, the author successfully conveyed that the skills a scientist acquired while getting a PhD are also the ones highly useful in the corporate world. Finally, the author bluntly told the reader the some of the skills and habits that make a person successful in the academia are bad for the world outside of the academia.
2) The "principle section" - This section is worth ten thousand dollars. This part is the second best of the book. It gives the reader the principles of how to change ones job from inside the academia to the outside world. It contains:
a. Chapter 3 - the stages of change
b. Chapter 4 - the proper career planning process
Why is this section valuable, yet not as good as the first section? It is because it contains the same good career planning principles for every career type, not just for the scientists. While the principles described are good, they are not unique, nor earth-shattering. However, the Stanford Career Planning Model in p32 and the "80:10:10 Rule" in p33 are outstanding. These two pieces of information alone are worth much more than the price of the book.
3) The "do-it section" - This section is worth one thousand dollars. This part is the least valuable part of the book. It gives the reader step-by-step procedure of how to look for a job in the outside world. It contains chapters 5 to 13.
This section is least valuable because it is not much different from the myriad job hunting books that were written by others. However, chapter 8 on the difference between CVs and resumes, and chapter 10 on resume case studies are very outstanding. These two chapters are worthy of careful reading and are not found in ordinary job searching books.
**Note: The author, by revealing an important piece of information in this book, is worthy of great adulation and applause for daring to speak out. In page 1, this author points out the erroneous prediction of shortage of young scientists by National Science Foundation (NSF), which caused "one of the worst job markets for scientists in the past 40 years."
I have been thinking and reading around for years ago job search, building a good resume and cover letters, etc. Yet this book opened my eyes to so many things I had overlooked or not fully considered or not considered at all.
It really allows to face the job search with a lot more confidence and, especially, awareness, of what you want, what you should do to get what you want, and what to expect.
One excellent point is also that it teaches to see the biases and take the distance from the bad advice students often get from people within the academia, such as mentors, who are not necessarily smart when it comes to job searching outside the academia itself.
On a side note, I am not sure why the price at the moment is so high for this book, I bought it a year ago for about 12$, so I guess it is a temporary thing that it is so absurdly expensive on amazon now
I was passionated with this book that gives very hands-on helpful tips and that can definitely guide you from the beginning of your decision to work outside academia (and even before you decide) to the so-desired interview...
Also, this book is mostly about careers outside of academia, that is true. However, do not forget that almost about 80 % of PhDs leave academia.
Again, as mentioned in the book (I also totally agree with that), think much more in advance for what you want your career to be (and not only a few weeks before graduating / finishing your postdoc)... You must own your career.
I hope this book will open your eyes to what you do not know or clarify your knowledge and guide you a well chosen career path.
This book is definitely a must-have for any scientist seeking employment, particularly outside of academia. The book highlights that you can do anything with your degree, whether or not you are seeking a science or non-science career.