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  • Choices, Choices

    Martijn van de Mortel, Ph.D.
    Agro Research
    Exploring My Options
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    Your degree demanded that you design experiments, run them, and draw conclusions from your findings in the context of other people’s research. So, you clear the hurdle of becoming a competent scientist, but where are you going to apply your skills? Now you are looking for a job after your graduate career. “What do you want to do?” is the big question you ask yourself and others will ask you. What are your options? Well, I explored three options; Academia, Government and Industry. Having been in your shoes not too long ago, I applied for positions in all of these three career areas and understand the pros and cons of each. I hope my considerations and insights can help you determine what path is best for you. Academia To keep my options open to a variety of career paths, I worked as an academic postdoc and ...