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am 31. Juli 2000
Feibelman has done a great service for future scientists in writing this book. Although a quick read, it's dense with good advice for budding scientists, whether they be at the grad student, postdoc, or assistant professor stage of their careers. For example, he advises against showing an outline at the beginning of a talk because it is as superfluous as it is ubiquitous. (See the review by Gregory McMahan for more specifics.)
The only shortcoming I find with the book is its focus on high level research. As a top scientist at a government lab, Feibelman directs his comments to those whose aspirations are similar to his. Not all of us who do research aspire to, or can, be tops in our field however. If you're looking for a book that tells you how to balance teaching and research or how to survive in different types of academic institutions, for example, a better choice would be Tomorrow's Professor by Richard Reis. Feibelman focuses only on the research side of the coin however.
Still, the book is excellent and can be useful to anyone whose career includes scientific research. I only wish I had found it earlier!
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am 6. März 2000
I have just begun a PhD program in engineering, and find the sobering wisdom contained in this book to be invaluable. The book is actually aimed at freshly minted PhDs, and serves to guide them as they plot an often precarious career in science and/or engineering. Despite this, the book contains a lot of advice that graduate students at the beginning or the middle of their program will find extremely useful. Feibelman is able to say in little over one hundred pages what most academic advisors almost always do not (and often purposely will not) get around to saying.
The first chapter of the book starts out with some scary examples of how freshly minted PhD holders quickly go wrong. The second chapter of the book gives some very practical advice on how to choose the right advisor for you- an often repeated mistake many graduate students make (including myself). The advice in the second chapter serves grad students and post docs equally well, and could almost be interchangeable.
The third and fourth chapters are about the bread and butter of a scientist's life- being able to give successful talks and writing compelling, useful publications. Feibelman tells us here that it is OK to regurgitate known material, to write your research publication as if you were telling a story, and most importantly, to make small, meaningful contributions.
Chapters five and six of the book discuss choosing the right career path after getting the sheepskin and how to shine in your job interviews, respectively. Competition is stiff in academia for positions, as we all know, and the situation is only marginally better in government and corporate labs, but Feibelman gives the new PhD some sound advice. He weighs in on the pluses and minuses of a career path in academe, industry and government, and implores job seekers to be focused, build off of their skills, and know what is expected of prospective hires.
Finally, chapters seven and eight are about grantsmanship and establishing a research program. Feibelman astutely argues that you should draft your proposals to funding agencies well before you begin your first career position. Most people coming out of graduate school will have very little time to even think about what kind of research to do and even less time to plan it out and write the necessary proposals because of the demands and the constraints placed upon them by their jobs- making the aforementioned tip extremely useful. Feibelman also emphasizes in these chapters the importance of focusing in on small, well-defined projects and completing them.
The major weakness of this book is that Feibelman does not tell the reader to choose the type of projects that are interesting to him or her. A career in science and engineering, which may start in graduate school, should be interesting and fun. The book also fails to address the changing face of science- namely issues of globalization, the corporate influence on university research, and the increasing diversity to be found in grad student and post doc populations (women, minorities, and foreign nationals).
No one book can tell you the keys to personal satisfaction or career success, but this handy little volume does give those just starting out, like me, some excellent tips. In general, a student can not go too far wrong when he or she has good mentoring, stable funding, and most importantly, sound advising.
Beginning and continuing graduate students may find helpful hints in the book Getting What You Came For by Robert L. Peters.
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am 2. August 1998
There is some useful advice for a PhD or near-Phd wanting to enter a career in academia. However, at times this book is extremely condescending . For instance, he assumes that most current young PhD's have never written a grant proposal, and this is certainly FAR from the case in my field. He also seems to assume we dont know how to give a talk or conduct ourselves in a real interview.
On the whole, the book is great for the neophite, or very naive new PHD, but is somewhat lacking in practical advice for more sophisticated post-doctorals, looking for their first "real" job.
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am 17. August 2014
The impressed books are very clear and good to read. My friend and I like the book very much. I will buy other books from your shop.
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am 17. November 2015
The book does not really introduce new things about research, but it is good to read that others have the same problems.
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am 20. Oktober 1999
This is a sobering book, admonishing its readers that they can't just float along through school and expect everything to turn out just peachy without some serious forethought and action early on. I first read this book before I had started my doctoral work, then re-read it the year I graduated, and learned new information for success as a scientist. While some of the information seems to be common sense (such as the invaluable skill of networking), I have seen many a postdoc with their eyes on their lab bench and a "leave me alone" attitude, then they wonder why they can't find a "real" job... If only they had read this book!
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am 1. März 1999
An excellent book for those wishing to pursue a career in scientific research. It offers a candid look at the obstacles researchers face and provides sound advice for those individuals desiring to be research scientists despite the hardships. A quick, worthwhile read. I highly recommend this book!
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am 16. April 1999
The two most important messages in this book are: 1. In your postdoc, make sure you finish something! 2. How to get your conditions in writing without implying that your new employer is dishonest...
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am 20. Oktober 2011
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