Action Points

  • Make a list of reasons why you like to study science and engineering and a list of reasons why you don't. Compare the two lists.
  • Make a list of the positive and negative aspects of various careers in which you are interested.
  • Seek out people with science and engineering backgrounds who work in careers in which you are interested and ask them to have lunch with you so that you can ask them about their work and how they got where they are today. How do they spend their time? What do they find most satisfying and most disagreeable? Does the life that they describe appeal to you?
  • If you're an undergraduate, talk with several graduate students; if you're a beginning graduate student, talk with several advanced students or postdoctoral students. Ask them what they have learned that they wish they had known early in their careers.

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