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industry vs academia

Drmarts drmarts at aol.com
Wed Jun 28 10:09:00 EST 1995

>>Actually, I'd like to tag a request onto Karyn's: What about those of
>>who decided (even temporarily) to pursue neither academic nor industry 
>>careers after finishing your PhD's?  I'm just curious to see what people

>>have decided to do in addition to the "standard" careers, because while
>>was interviewing at grad schools this past spring I got the impression 
>>that there were only two "approved" career paths to follow.  Thanks!


After grad school and one postdoc I changed careers to research
administration. It is true that those who stick to the bench research path
seem to regard those who go on to other career paths that are essential to
research but aren't "hands-on" as, to be blunt, failures. I regard it as
simply changing my mind about what field I choose to succeed in. I was a
mediocre bench scientist. I am a superb grants administrator (modesty
doesn't get you salary increases!).  And I really love what I do.

Mara - if you're interested in hearing more about what I do, give me a
call at 301-948-3244.

Sherry Marts
American Health Assistance Foundation

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