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job satisfaction-query

Catherine L. Wallace cwallace at post.its.mcw.edu
Fri Jan 13 12:05:27 EST 1995

Kimberly Seidman (kjsg1131 at uxa.cso.uiuc.edu) wrote:
:     I was hoping for some insight from scientists working in the biological
: sciences about their job satisfaction. Are you happy with your job?  Given
: a chance to start over, would you choose the same career path? What
: problems have you faced trying to blend science and a family?  What advice
: would you offer a fledgling scientist just starting out?
:     I will graduate in a year or so, and I would also like to know the pros
: and cons of work in industry vs. academia.

Well, I have been in a clinical /research infertility lab for 51/2 years and
it is a love /hate relationship.  It is part of a Medical college that is
private so it is a mix a academia and industry.  Industry has better pay,
but some trades off of repetion and not teaching.  My work made
relationships difficult and now being married my husband was transfer to
Minneapolis within 3 months of being married and difficult to find a
pition.  I* wish that I had went on to get the MBA when I had the
oportunity. BTW how is my ALma mater ing?  Trying to have a family will be
difficult, but my husband works for the boy scouts and can work at home when
that time arises.  (THat is what he claims )
I fell into this type of position and love it but the pay is poor compared
to the student loans and the type and work load.  Many other bio degrees are
doing better.  Look into industry vs. medical since right now health care
refrom has freezes at most places.

Catherine Wallace
Animal Science '87UIUC

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