Action Points

  • 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.)

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