Looking After Your Career

  • Ratna Tantra


In this chapter, I will show you how you can carve a successful career for yourself. A key first step is to identify your dream job. In order to do this, you will need to find out what your core values and aspirations are, along with what motivates you. You will also need to consider your personality type and identify your strengths as well as your weaknesses. In order to realise your dream job, you will need to come up with a set of goals to support it. Whatever goals you set yourself against, remember to always conduct yourself ethically, for example by taking care not to harm others when conducting your laboratory experiments.

An important point to bear in mind is that life can throw you a curveball along the way, to prevent you from realising your dream job. In order to mitigate the negative impact, you can:
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    Start to develop your career strategy early on, i.e. when you are a young scientist.

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    Identify several dream jobs, rather than putting all of your eggs in one basket.

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    Adopt a flexible attitude in life, often compromising on what you want to do, what you can do and what is available in the job marketplace.



Career Dream job Goals Ethics Self-awareness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ratna Tantra
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  1. 1.PortsmouthUK

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