Ag Research

sandlin.preecs@gmail.com

Sandlin
Seguin

Resources for Finding a Career

Sometimes the science career track can feel like a track you are stuck on. If you are starting to feel like your career options are limited to being faculty or failure, or that you just want to give up and go back to school to learn a trade, you might not be aware of some of the really interesting career resources that are out there. Since I’ve been working in career education, I’m in touch with a number of interesting resources that might be useful to people who need some inspiration looking outside the tenure track box for their career.


nathan.vanderford@uky.edu

Nathan
Vanderford

Visiting goals at year-end and planning for the new year

I’m not a New Year’s resolution practitioner, but what I do like to do at the end of the year/beginning of a new year is to think about my goals. Goal setting is a best practice for all professionals and especially those who are looking to make personal and professional advances. What you have to keep in mind is that you are much more likely to succeed if you set goals rather than just taking your career and life in general as it comes. 


ctaylor@ucsbalum.net

Cynthia
Lawley

Faking It

I was listening to Freakonomics Radio a few days ago, and there was a story about "faking it." The premise was the following:  for the purpose of streamlining communication, "greasing the wheels" of social interaction, we all fake it.  We may imply we are more spiritual or religious than we truly are (especially when visiting the bible belt), talk about politics dispassionately although we may feel strongly about a particular party or ideal, or represent our professions in an oversimplified way to "impress" or gain fleeting credibility. 


ctaylor@ucsbalum.net

Cynthia
Lawley

Inertia

The end of the year and beginning of the next is always a very crazy time for me.  I have to admit that once I went a month without a blog it was so difficult to come back to it.  Inertia is a very powerful thing.


ctaylor@ucsbalum.net

Cynthia
Lawley

If You Want Something Done Right, Do it Yourself

I want to rebel against this statement, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.”  I have been noticing it lately, and it has gotten me thinking.  My sense is that this is a martyr¹s statement about self - sufficiency, the sentiment being lauded in a research environment. However, this is a statement that perpetuates the inability for people to delegate and take responsibility for communicating effectively in their delegation.  This statement should be, “If you want something done YOUR way, do it yourself.”


mkendrick20@gmail.com

Mandy
Kendrick

Done with the Bench?

Done with the bench…or do you just need a change of scenery instead?


mkendrick20@gmail.com

Mandy
Kendrick

Help Save Chocolate… …and other interesting plant biology problems

Unless you are like my friend Sunny, who does not usually care for the taste of chocolate, then perhaps you can agree with me that it would be nice to save the cacao plant, which produces the cacao bean required for the production of chocolate.  The cacao crop in South America is currently under attack by a fungal pathogen that causes the disease Witches’ Broom and threatens our chocolate source!!!   


mkendrick20@gmail.com

Mandy
Kendrick

What makes you tick?

At the end of your work day, what motivates you to set up that extra experiment, type one more paragraph, or stay alert and active in that late-afternoon meeting?  If you are wired similarly to my husband, then it is probably the paycheck.  Salary, bonuses, and pay increases are means for him to provide for his family.  Because providing is his priority, monetary compensation is incentive for him to do his best.


mkendrick20@gmail.com

Mandy
Kendrick

Resume or CV?

Postdoc positions within the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, like many other jobs, have taken a hit with the latest budget news.  The option to extend USDA postdocs past their two-year appointments is no longer available—at least for now.  So, as I draw near the end of my second year, I have begun browsing potential job opportunities.


mkendrick20@gmail.com

Mandy
Kendrick

Out of grad school and into the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

As I finished typing up my Ph.D. dissertation in the spring of 2009, I began exploring non-academic job prospects.  My boyfriend and I had been dating for a couple of years and were looking forward to getting married and starting a life together—a life that included balance.  From my observations as a graduate student, I noticed that only a few PI’s seemed to successfully mesh their careers and personal lives together well.  And knowing myself, I was pretty certain that I would never be one of those few.