Daily Archives: May 29, 2008

Watching them leave

Yesterday I found out that yet another junior PI colleague has decided to take the leap into an industry position. I am happy for him, I am sure he will do well and, more importantly, I get the impression he is pleased with his decision. I am not one of these academics that thinks that the ivory tower is the only way to go. Quite the contrary, I encourage all trainees to learn about different career paths and I strive to help them learn how to accomplish their goals, wherever they want to end up. On the other hand, seeing my fellow junior colleagues leave the academic science world leaves me with a sinking feeling of impending loneliness as I watch it happen over and over again. Continue reading