Can you have success as a failure?

 (The Royal Society publication, The Scientific Century: securing our future prosperity) Click image for original.

Why go to graduate school? To win a Nobel Prize one day? You like the work (me)? Someone has offered you a position (Paid to learn – great!)? There are many reasons to start – and complete – a PhD. Current academic training creates many candidates for limited career positions. Much has been written about this and we’ll be discussing different aspects at #scio13BioInfoToolswrote a background piece for this session with some great links.

But training many talented people for a few coveted spots is not unique to science; it’s common in classical musicians, athletes, and more. Is a classically trained pop star a failure? Is a hockey player who pays the bills playing in the minors a failure? It depends if you base your definition of success on the training criteria or on other measures. I don’t think scientists who aren’t tenured academics are failing, but it is often a hurdle for trainees to accept new measures of success.

To read more about my experience in classical music and academic science, please go to the original post.

Follow BlogHer on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/BlogHer-28615

More Like This

Recent Posts by genegeek

Comments

In order to comment on BlogHer.com, you'll need to be logged in. You'll be given the option to log in or create an account when you publish your comment. If you do not log in or create an account, your comment will not be displayed.