SERIOUS HELP with Career choice please !

David Lloyd-Jones icomm5 at netcom.ca
Mon Jun 14 17:00:17 EST 1999


Dr. Duncan Clark <Duncan at nospam.demon.co.uk> wrote
>
> UK salaries for science are generally lower than the US.

UK salaries in the classics are *much* lower in the UK than in the US.

> Do an MBA after a degree or M.Sc. Patent law may be a good area.

An MBA is totally useless for business -- but a good headstart if you want
to be an employee, i.e. for the exact opposite of doing business.

> Whatever you do, do not specialise too soon, especially if you go on to
> do a Ph.D. Keep your 'expertise' as wide as possible.

This is the basic Official Avuncularity, and it's nonsense. First, be damn
good and sure you have Just One Thing, even if it's only tennis or
tiddleywinks, that you're damn good at; even better, have four arrows in
your quiver, one each in a mathematics, a science, a technique, and an area
in the arts. Second, be enthusiastic about anything and everything you do.
Enthusiasm is a more certain predictor of success than intelligence,
training, knowledge, or breadth of interest. Finally, be kind and be of good
cheer. Those are the important things.

                                            Good luck,

                                                       -dlj.








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