In article <37uolb$6vt at netnews.upenn.edu>, lhyatt at mail2.sas.upenn.edu (Laura Hyatt) says:
>>In article <1994Oct17.205249.26699 at oxvaxd>, <kkaye at vax.oxford.ac.uk> wrote:
>>I would sign any non-flaming letter with an agreed text in re the latest issue
>>>>Katherine J. Kaye
>>kkaye at vax.ox.ac.uk>>Likewise. That special really got my goat. I was also disappointed in
>the lack of discussion about what people are doing with PhD's BESIDES
>academia or industry -- good thinkers are valued everywhere. It would be
>great to read about people who are professionally successful, have PhD's,
>aren't using the specific factual knowledge that the degree gave them,
>but are using the mental habits.
>>Laura A. Hyatt
>lhyatt at mail.sas.upenn.edu>--
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>Keep in mind the present you are constructing.
How about a chemist who went back to night school for 5.5 years to get her
MBA to make her more marketable in the late 1980's. ....("present" :-)
I am now a senior research scientist and project manager at a Department
of Energy National laboratory in Richland, WA working on and managing
multi-disciplinary project research teams. Mostly to solve the waste cleanup
problem in the environment. Far cry from synthetic organic (theoretical) chemistry.
I get disheartened to hear talented women who have obviously impecable
credentials sell themselves so short and then "blame the system" because
they are unhappy and unfulfilled.
As I tell my 11 year old daughter, get a grip! Life is not fair. Don't expect it
to be. Make the best of it. Life is also too short to work at something you don't
love! Love what you do; do what you love. and accept the consequences of
limited job choices. limited salaries. limited raises. may all have some
very real and appealing positive consequences for other life choices:
flexibility, freedom to act, more free time, more community service time;
being closer to family members in a chosen locale.
I prefer my glass half full, thank you. That is not to say that I accept
garbage and less than acceptable treatment in my work! It means
I actively manage my career in concert with all my life choices.
thanks for listening.
jl_bryant at pnl.gov
"mine, all mine. My company wouldn't claim these expressive opinions anyway."