The best career advice

January 31, 2019

For some reason the world likes to promote the career advice of those who have been super successful. The Art of the Deal is one of a related genre of published vanity pieces in which the supposedly successful person tells you how they did it. We ask stars of all careers to give advice to the youngsters. Academic science is no different. Famous people are published and promoted whenever they opine about the way the kids these days should behave in careers. We give awesome scores to NIH “training” applications that involve the most successful scientists as training supervisors….and poor scores to ones that involve less-accomplished mentors.

And yet when you ask real academic science folks about this, they seem to recognize that the best advice may not come from the haut monde.