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  • Time for a change

    Michael Alvarez, MA
    Job Market Context
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    Universities, businesses, students and employees all need to rethink they way they approach training. Advancing science through academic research isn't inherently at cross-purposes with the scientific trainee's career progression — but sometimes it seems that way. There is an inherent tension between the two, because universities need graduate and postdoctoral researchers to keep labs productive, while the graduate students and postdocs require training, independence and permanent positions. For institutions to align these endeavours successfully, they need to consider greater career support for scientific research trainees. A broad, long-standing practice in business called 'change management' provides frameworks and methods for helping organizations move from an existing model of operation to a more adaptive one. Science could be well served by borrowing one of its processes called 'merging agendas' to bring together the goals of early-stage scientists and ...