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Topic: Career planning

Special issue on careers in scientific editing and publishing

Council of Science Editors (CSE)

"The focus of this issue of Science Editor is on careers and roles in scientific editing and publishing. In 2017, we published a similar special careers-focused issue, and it seemed a good time to explore what has shifted in the past 6 years. This issue includes interviews and articles covering an array of editor roles and positions, many of which are new, have increased in prominence, or significantly changed in the last few years. There are also articles on the importance of training and preparing the next generation of researchers and editors, increasing diversity and equity, and the transition to remote work."

Science journalism in the digital age – online lecture series

German Science Journalists' Association, Science Media Center Germany

The German Science Journalists’ Association and the Science Media Center Germany organized a 2020-21 virtual lecture series on "future-proofing" science journalism in response to structural change in the media environment. A 2023 version of the series included 10 lectures on digital transformation in journalism and practical solutions. That series culminated in a November 2023 conference. Videos of the lectures, some in English and some in German, from the first two series as well as transcripts and additional commentary in English and German are available online in this "knowledge reservoir," and documents from the conference are expected to be added.
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Civic Science Career Roadmap

Rita Allen Foundation

This extensive guide provides recommendations, resources, and success stories for anyone interested in a career in civic science, "a growing field of study and area of practice committed to ensuring that all people shape and benefit from science, technology, and innovation." It shares lessons from the Civic Science Fellows, a program that supports leadership and collaboration in this field.

Science communication: a career where PhDs can make a difference

"Communicating about science allows researchers to step away from the minutiae of a subdiscipline and to once again explore the breadth of science more fully through an ever-evolving array of stories. A doctoral degree can confer distinct advantages in the eyes of prospective editors and employers. Here I describe those advantages, possible career directions, and steps toward making such a transition."

Alternative Careers in Science: Leaving the Ivory Tower

"Many science students find themselves in the midst of graduate school or sitting at a lab bench, and realize that they hate lab work! Even worse is realizing that they may love science, but science (at least academic science) is not providing many job opportunities these days. What's a poor researcher to do!? This book gives first-hand descriptions of the evolution of a band of hardy scientists out of the lab and into just about every career you can imagine. Researchers from every branch of science found their way into finance, public relations, consulting, business development, journalism, and more - and thrived there! Each author tells their personal story, including descriptions of their career path, a typical day, where to find information on their job, opportunities to career growth, and more."
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Individual Development Plan

This interactive website (produced by AAAS's Science Careers) provides Ph.D. students in the sciences with exercises to help better understand and start pursuing their career goals. It includes: exercises to help you examine your skills, interests, and values; a list of 20 scientific career paths with a prediction of which ones best fit your skills and interests; a tool for setting strategic goals for the coming year, with optional reminders to keep you on track; and articles and resources to guide you through the process.