Despite your graduate education, brainpower, and technical prowess, your career in scientific research is far from assured. Permanent positions are scarce, science survival is rarely part of formal graduate training, and a good mentor is hard to find. This exceptional volume explains what stands between you and a fulfilling long-term research career.
Bringing the key survival skills into focus, A Ph.D. Is Not Enough! proposes a rational approach to establishing yourself as a scientist. It offers sound advice on selecting a thesis or postdoctoral adviser; choosing among research jobs in academia, government laboratories, and industry; preparing for an employment interview; and defining a research program. This book will help you make your oral presentations effective, your journal articles compelling, and your grant proposals successful. A Ph.D. Is Not Enough! should be required listening for anyone on the threshold of a career in science.
"It took me over forty years to learn from experience what can be learned in one hour from this guide." (Carl Djerassi, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Stanford University)
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If you're thinking of a doctorate, LISTEN TO THIS!
YES, the details pertaining to career planning and presentation issues are worth it. True, not everything espoused here applies to all disciplines equally, but most of it does.
If you are thinking or pursuing a doctorate, it's worth listening.
If you are currently going through a doctorate program, it's worth listening.
If you are science or engineering doctor and trying to decide whether to stay in academia or jump into industry, it's worth listening, but keep in mind the advice given here is not necessarily universally applicable.
That said, two out of three ain't bad.
This book is great as far as a guide for pursuing a doctorate in the sciences or engineering. It is also great as far as planning your career after you have reached this goal. As a person pursuing a PhD in marketing a great deal of this advice is confirmed by others sources and my advisors.
Okay, the author is not on the level of a Simon Jones or Edward Hermann, but his delivery actually adds to the credibility of the piece. You know you are hearing the truth straight from the source. Plus, by the author reading it, you really gain insight into what is important to him, through his use of tonal emphasis and pauses.
This is not a one-sitting book. If it was that short then it really would not even come close to covering the subject. However, even if it were that short, the material actually lends itself to stopping and really contemplating what has been said. This is important stuff. You need to think about it as you go and re-listen to sections occasionally. It's that good.
There are some points of difference between the various disciplines, such as when or if to ever go outside of academia, but that also varies based upon the goals of the individual involved.
However, the stuff said pertaining to presentation and storytelling is universally true. For that alone this book is worth buying, recommending, and listening to three or four times at least.
- Robert W.