- 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.)