I've written about how to prep for conferences (twice) and I've talked about it with many of you! But now I'm here at AHA Scientific Sessions 2017 - the biggest conference I've attended - and I have a whole new list of tips on tap for you. Before I do that (look for it in a few days), I want to talk about a topic that's come up gain and again in Early Career Programming events and in conversation with my colleagues.
That topic is: how do you establish independence early in your career?
As a PhD student, I've started exploring post-graduate opportunities from post-doctoral positions (post docs) with the goal of faculty placement to industry scientist positions and all options in between. What I'm hearing from other Early Career Researchers (ECR) at Scientific Sessions #AHA17 is that no matter what path you find yourself on:
How do you extricate yourself from the identify of your mentor?
How do you build a strong support system for your new job at your new institution?
How do you set yourself up to achieve the 2-year, 5-year, even 10-year goals you're dreaming for yourself?
For once, I feel that the answer is actually a bit assuring.
Despite the diverse requirements, challenges, and benefits of these situations, a similar approach can be taken for all of them.
What experiences have you had changing institutions or launching your independent career? What have you learned? Share with all of us in the comments.