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Constantly aware new opportunities in science and engineering and trends in federal and industrial funding.
Continually review employment market in fields of interest via the disciplinary societies, journals, newspapers, Internet listings, etc.
Take occasional classes (perhaps distance-learning techniques) that maintain your level of understanding of both your field and others or that add new skills (e.g., in management and accounting) of use in any field.
Subscribe to general science technology magazines—such as Science, Nature, and Technology Review—to keep abreast of current events and new opportunities in your field.
Review the list of abilities that contribute to success as a scientist or engineer in Appendix B.
Remind yourself that planning your career path is ultimately your responsibility.
Review career performance and satisfaction once a year throughout your life. Begin with your resume as soon as you enter college and update it at least annually. (It is also useful for performance reviews.)