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PhD-level conservation careers for maximum real-world impact

I'm in a PhD program pursuing a degree in conservation biology. When I finish (and possibly after completing a postdoc or two) I'd like to end up in a job where I can maximize my real-world conservation impact. I'd like to hear some suggestions on how I can do that; lots more detail to be found inside, as well as my reasoning on the subject so far. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Mar 18, 2014 - 5 answers

What direction should/can my life take now?

This one might be a doozy. So, I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( this May) with a B.A. in psychology and no idea what to do with my life. ( Original, I know, but bear with me, it gets better.) Everyone around me seems to have what are at least well-outlined 5 year plans, oriented around either grad school or a great entry level job. Certain circumstances in my life though seem to leave me with a vision of the future that doesn't extend far beyond the living room couch and daytime TV for the next 10 years and that frightens me to no end. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jul 6, 2013 - 35 answers

What's the best way to search for a good post-doc position?

I am 12-18 months from defending my dissertation. How do I find the best opportunities for post-doc positions?
posted by SarahBellum on Jun 21, 2013 - 12 answers

Since the position of "Prince William's Wife" has been filled...

I want a job where I can: research/gather information, organize and do basic, preliminary analysis on said information, write reports. But not a paralegal, not in academia, probably not in tech. What field with a decent employment outlook would allow me to utilize my strengths? [little long inside, sorry!] [more inside]
posted by peacrow on Nov 27, 2012 - 21 answers

You’re a market researcher. What do you do all day?

How do you market researchers do what you do? I’m curious about the profession and I’d like some information on how researchers actually spend time. Special projects at my design service firm often include an element of conjecture about potential audience. When we work on projects that might be legitimately useful or tool-like, I’d like to introduce some rigor into our process and know better when to think about hiring a contractor or outside vendor for research. [more inside]
posted by migurski on Aug 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Standing on the corner of the road to no regret.

After a few months of looking, I've found another research-related job at my university. Tell me what doors it will open to me that weren't open already. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Oct 30, 2011 - 1 answer

A record of my own undoing.

How do I cope with persistent project failure at work? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jul 24, 2011 - 8 answers

What are the up-and-coming, major, legitimate environmentally-friendly breakthroughs?

I'm thinking of doing a major career change, and I'm interested in up-and-coming environmental technologies. I'm having a hard time separating the facts from the hype. Help me figure out what the next great field of green technology is! [more inside]
posted by Dilligas on May 6, 2011 - 6 answers

It might sound dodgy now, but it sounds great when you're dead.

What positions does "research assistant" translate into in the real world? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jan 4, 2011 - 5 answers

I want to kick some cognitive memory ass!

I just got hired at a psychology research lab at a very prestigious university. I have no background in academic research and very little academic background in this field. I have an associates degree in humanities, and psychology is a field that interests me greatly. What can I do to not mess this up? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Nov 23, 2010 - 12 answers

Science friction burns my fingers.

Where can my career take me except graduate school? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Nov 22, 2010 - 13 answers

GSA Contract...Help!

My boss has asked me to work on getting our company a contract with the U.S. government's General Services Administration (GSA). I have been doing some research and reading everything I can about it, but I think this may be too big of a job for just me. Does anyone have any experience with working on a contract like this or know of any good resources for help? Anything that any of you can offer would be great. Thanks!
posted by healthykindofsick on Aug 6, 2010 - 9 answers

From Nomad to Glorious Research Assistant?

How do I go about seeking Research Assistant positions, after several years of travel and non-traditional employment since completing my MA? [more inside]
posted by wondershrew with a helping of potato salad on Jun 16, 2010 - 8 answers

Are all research papers for sale companies a scam? (I want to work for one, not buy from one).

I'm a PhD candidate who just got hired to (ghost)write academic essays for a company. The pay is fine, and I've been emailing with a real person. Their website also seems legit, and they explicitly told me that this is legal. Could it still be a scam? [more inside]
posted by earlofrochester on Jun 7, 2010 - 24 answers

Managing an Anothology Project

What should I take into consideration when spearheading an anthology project? What resources are out there for us? [more inside]
posted by divabat on May 30, 2008 - 1 answer

Get paid to sleep?!?

Should I participate in a 4-week sleep study? [more inside]
posted by the_arbiter on Apr 27, 2008 - 13 answers

Academia: Should I stay or should I go?

I will finish my PhD in a few months, and now is the season for postdoc applications. Thing is, I am not sure if I want to stay and academia. Should I apply for postdocs anyways and keep my options open? If not, any Ph.D.s out there (especially physicists) who have any advice on making the transition away academia? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Nov 18, 2007 - 16 answers

MLS needed for entry?

Librarians: Is the library the right place for me, and do I need an MLS to get there? [more inside]
posted by neurodoc on May 8, 2007 - 10 answers

Google Answers alternatives?

Are there other places that will pay you to research answers to questions besides Google Answers? [more inside]
posted by Dean_Paxton on Sep 7, 2004 - 4 answers

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