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06/29/12
Careers after post-doctoral appoinment. LANL
Filed under: Position Searching, Mature professionals, Post-docs, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 11:14 am

Had the pleasure of organizing and co-facilitating a
workshop recently.  One of the events of the workshop
that differentiates this program from many I have seen
is a wonderful panel discussion of truly accomplished
professionals who work in different roles in government
laboratories.

Some highlights and take-aways:
  -don’t be afraid to quit a position and seek change
  -work at the intersection of areas of expertise
  -learn from failures;  observe teams disintegrate and
amazingly people are resilient and good ideas transcend
  -we need to find ways to impact policy makers to
assist in making wise decisions
  -membership in professional societies is not only
informative, but also essential in successful careers
  -be flexible;  adapt
  -identify and work on the problems of our times, like
drug resistant TB, using the latest technologies
  -work/life balance is an elusive goal;  no one has your
equation for balance, nor should they make the decision
for you
  -teaching:  consider being a scholar, an educator or a
mentor
  -take time to talk to policy makers
  -work in “knowledge valleys”

There can be a problem of managing time in panels.
I feel every panelist build on each other’s ideas and
perspectives, were lively and passionate and made
the audience not only want to listen, but want to meet
each person to get to know them.
Panelists:

Eva Birnbaum LANL
Tom Tierney LANL
Basil Swanson LANL
Dave Pesiri LANL
Peter Avitabile UM-Lowell


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