Early career scientists have developed a wealth of both generic and specialist skills opening a large number of possible career paths both within and beyond academic research. One of the problems that many PhD students, postdocs and other early career scientists find is a significant lack of career advice about the breadth of opportunities open to them both within academia and in commercial industry.
To help junior scientists understand more about options, opportunities and career paths in science, the Postdoc committee at Diamond Light Source is delighted to announce the Early Career Scientist Symposium, which will be held online, from 8th to 12th November 2021 (each day either in the morning or in the afternoon, see the agenda below for details).
The event will feature a number of speakers from a very diverse range of science careers, who will discuss their experiences and share advice on finding the best job opportunities. During the Symposium, attendees will have the unique opportunity to attend a Career Management Strategy Masterclass and participate in a Q&A roundtable, providing an opportunity to discuss topics directly with the speakers.
Participants from previous editions of the event were always very impressed with the open and frank way speakers described difficulties they have had and how they overcame them.
A few comments from previous events:
“It’s very important to find something you’re actually, really excited to do.”
“Careers should be planned, but not rigidly.”
“Ask yourself whether you are good/hungry enough to pursue an academic career”
“It was good to learn of the varied nature of people’s career paths.”
“It was a very rich and open-minded event. I hope there will be more to come!”