So you want to be a scientist…


But don’t forget now you also have to be good at the following:

  • Managing
  • Accounting
  • Hiring
  • Grant writing
  • Popular writing
  • Public speaking
  • Social media
  • Teaching
  • Mentoring
  • Organizing conferences
  • Statistics
  • Ethics
  • Graphic design
  • Programming
  • IT
  • Political advocacy
  • Project management
  • PR
  • Science

It’s that time of the year again when academic job applications are due, and the competition is getting tighter year after year as the jobs get rarer.

It’s a scary prospect professionalizing, and also demonstrating that you’re good at the whole host of skills that most academics and scientists are now asked to have.

There is not enough time in a day, or many times enough space in a brain. When did science become the be the best multi-tasker out there and forget about having a family life.

Koodos to Ben Lillie for pointing out that not only does this entire list of skills need to be performed well by scientists, but that outside of academia these are also considered to be full time jobs on their own.

Silver lining is you can probably use these terms to put together an incredible cover letter – that is if you’ve managed to master more than just the “Science” part.

...but you have no choice.

…but you have no choice.


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