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Academia is not for everyone. Since you are reading this article, no doubt that thought has crossed your mind. So, what makes one leave? What is the motivation in experimenting with careers beyond the bench? Deciding to Leave As a published and funded post graduate fellow, I made the decision to walk away from the lab of a National Academy of Science member, and pursue a career as a scientific communicator. I made this decision after a year and a half of depression, coupled with lack of motivation to pursue bench work, and doing some serious career “soul searching.” While I enjoyed my time at the bench in graduate school and my postdoctoral studies, and the satisfaction that came with revealing novel concepts, the time to end product frustrated me greatly. My career soul searching allowed me to hone in on this. What I loved was learning about the science, and ...