Openness to the unexpected: Our Pathways to Careers in a Federal Research Laboratory.

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Edited by: William W. TaylorAbigail J. Lynch, and Nancy J. Léonard


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Many fisheries professionals may not be in the job they originally envisioned for themselves when they began their undergraduate studies. Rather, their current positions could be the result of unexpected, opportunistic, or perhaps even “lucky” open doors that led them down an unexpected path. In many cases, a mentor helped facilitate the unforeseen trajectory. We offer three unique stories about joining a federal fisheries research laboratory, from the perspective of a scientist, a joint manager-scientist, and a manager. We also use our various experiences to form recommendations that should help the next generation of fisheries professionals succeed in any stop along their journey, including being open to opportunities, setting high expectations, and finding a strong and supportive team environment to work in.

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Openness to the unexpected: Our Pathways to Careers in a Federal Research Laboratory.
ISBN 1934874388 9781934874387
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher American Fisheries Society
Publisher location Bethesda, MD
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center
Larger Work Type Book chapter
Larger Work Subtype Book Chapter
Larger Work Title Future of fisheries: Perspectives for emerging professionals
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