Advice for Scientists
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In the fall of 2001 I was promoted into my first Account Management position and handed the keys to our second largest account, MCI WorldCom. Call it bad luck or call it karmic payback for a bad past life, but we all know what happened next: 9/11, the implosion of the dot com bubble and the breakdown of the overall economy. Weeks later our company was acquired and, as the newest on staff with an account on the verge of biblical-like collapse, I quickly found myself being beaten by the proverbial short end of the employment stick. Out of work at noon on a Monday and no idea what to do next, I did what came naturally: met up with my unemployed compatriots, slandered our former employer for their obvious mistakes, and drowned our ...