Science Careers’ Surprising Challenges

Once scientists start working, it can be hard for us to know how to take our science careers to the next level. At times, we must be assertive–even aggressive—to advocate for ourselves or our ideas.

Many of us choose science careers because we like knowing how things work. We don’t tend toward extroversion or confrontation. When we begin to collaborate with colleagues or think it’s time to ask for promotion, communication can be difficult because we’re not trained for it.

To remedy this, some Feinstein Institute scientists formed a group to share tips and offer mutual support. It’s been helpful, so we wrote a career column for the current issue of Nature to share our model with the scientific community at large.

Are you a scientist who’s challenged by soft skills? Share your story in the comments.

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