The Major Pitfalls of Going into the Federal Government from Academia, Part 2

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I knew before I graduated with my Ph.D. that I would not be pursuing a career in academia.  

When I received an AAAS fellowship and was placed in the Science & Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), I was thrilled…mainly because I got the AAAS fellowship, but I certainly was looking forward to the opportunity to work in the federal government (where I ended up staying for 7-1/2 years, by the way).