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Self Reflections: A blog series

In 2018, a group of early-career researchers shared insights and advice about career development. Read the full series. Preparing an impressive CV: The DO’s and DONT’s of it The Transition from Postdoc to PI: Part 1 introduction, by Amanda Rasmussen The Transition from Postdoc to PI: Part…

Science Blog: Reflection of Yourself

Part of the "Self Reflection" series by and for early-career researchers In the era of digital media, science communication has advanced in an unprecedented way. Several years ago, we used to subscribe printed magazines and journals. Scientists prefer to subscribe digital version of magazines,…

Alternate careers after PhD

Part of the "Self Reflection" series by and for early-career researchers These chapter of the “Self-reflection Series” was conceived to provide an insight for early-career scientist into options after defending their PhD dissertation, especially because many natural science degrees are (almost)…

Balancing professional and personal life

Part of the "Self Reflection" series by and for early-career researchers Scientists are sometimes obsessive with their work: this is both a cliché and many times a reality, at least during certain periods of their professional life. The infamous “Publish or perish” saying comes to mind. However,…

It takes a community to mentor a scientist

Summary: Mentors have crucial roles in supporting the development of young scientists, but one mentor may not be enough. Previously I wrote that It takes a community to raise a scientist, here I elaborate on the roles of mentors. One mentor to rule them all? Nope. As scientists progress through their…

Self Reflection- Personal Branding

Part of the Self-Reflection; series by and for early-career researchers Turn on the TV, browse the internet, or simply go outside. Branding is everywhere. What do you think of when you hear Nike? Lady Gaga? Are your thoughts about them positive or negative? Each is very different and has unique ways…

Self Reflection - Outreach Skills. The art of explaining your science in Public

Part of the Self-Reflection; series by and for early-career researchers Outreach is defined as “any scientific communication that engages an audience outside of academia” (Varner J., BioScience, 2014). Most scientists and scientists-in-training are aware of outreach as something that is included…

Negotiation skills: Sell yourself correctly

Self Reflection Blog Series : For and by Early Career Scientists I do not see myself being particularly talented in negotiation since I grew up in a culture where a well-behaved is often rewarded with a certain degree of entitlement. Being modest and humble were the two virtual values emphasized during…

Develop your own niche to be seen in the field

Part of the Self-Reflection; series by and for early-career researchers We all are different. We all like different things. We all think, behave and react differently. Therefore to suggest a list, to actions to follow with the aim to develop a niche and instruct how to be noticed in…