Job Searching – the how to, the where to, and the who to….
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Job searching is one of those moments in life that is loaded with emotions. There is of course the fearful aspect – when you think that you are not capable enough compared to the guy next door who has a loaded resume, phenomenal network, and captivating charisma. There is the excitement – I mean this is a new step in life that’s full of opportunities and different possibilities. Then there’s anticipation – job searching is tedious and takes time. And finally there’s frustration – it’s not easy and usually you don’t get a job on the first try. But with all this said keep in mind that were 5.8 million job openings in July, 2015. So, be hopeful but rather than keeping it an emotion turn the hopefulness into action.
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[The SearchLite’s Note] To stay in academia or not is a common question to ponder for graduate students, especially for the Innovators-in-Residence at The SearchLite.
You are not alone. According to The 2015 Nature survey of graduate students, more than 60% of the above 3400 respondents claimed that they were “likely” or “very likely” to continue their work in industry because of the severe competition, heavy workload, and limited income of academia. However, some graduate students chose to return to academia after experiencing a career in industry because it “could satisfy her scientific curiosity”.
Finding a Career Path…In an infinite maze of thought, concern, and pressure
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“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” – Steve Jobs
When introduced to the concept of a career path, I had to first do a little research to make sure I understood what exactly that meant. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, career path means: “the way that you progress in your work, either in one job or in a series of jobs.” I had the definition, but rather than being satisfied, I wanted to know how to put the idea into application.