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When I entered graduate school in 1997, I did not have any well-defined long term career goals. I was focused on the “there-and-then:” the transition to a new institution, a new PI, a slate of coursework and, most importantly, a new research program. This was certainly a full plate, and I knew I was young, having gone straight to graduate school after my undergraduate degree, so I felt no pressure to ponder difficult future life decisions. While I was somewhat familiar with the academic job market, I still assumed, somewhat naively, that my purpose was simply to “do well in school.” Doing well was certainly critical, but, in retrospect, I realize that I could have done more in the service of my future career. With the benefit of hindsight, and the perspective of living in ...