We need to teach young scientists about careers outside of academia, the lab bench

The white lab coat and tenured head-of-lab positions are holding less appeal for young neuroscience students, but many of them struggle to find alternatives. I’m speaking from personal experience here. Although I earned a PhD, I haven’t worked at the bench beyond my training. Instead, I found my way to a role as a staff scientist at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. But I don’t consider myself any less of a neuroscientist than my peers working in labs.I didn’t make the transition on my own. I had plenty of help from a multidisciplinary training program at the University of Pennsylvania and supportive mentors. Unfortunately, I’ve learned that this kind of support isn’t all that common. Many young neuroscientists enter PhD programs with aspirations to run a university…


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