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INTERVIEW WITH:

Patrice Levang, Interim Program Director/ SECONDED SCIENTIST, CIFOR

BY: Syed Ajijur Rahman, Chairperson of The YES Professional Development Support Team

Question 1: As a young scientist how could we mange time especially when many jobs to do?

If there is a ranking to do, then most important one first, then finish the rest. Sometime hard to stop thinking about unfinished waiting tasks, but it vastly depends on personality. Some people can work different things at a time and switch from one to another; some should concentrate in one thing. 

Question 2: How to improve self-confidence?

Basically if you are lacking of self confidence, nothing can help you if you don’t do special training, yoga etc. There are lots of training to improve self confidence. If we talk about research then you need minimum self confidence to do that.  As a young scientist when you are developing your own career, you have to read lots of literature and knowledge from the field that will improve your knowledge, and you will gain self confidence. 

Question 3: Is networking is important for career development?

Yes, to build a very dense network is important for your career. It can extend your knowledge and give you new possibilities. Meeting people is easy but keep regular touch with them is important. Through networking that make you easy.

OEDB: Helpful Guide for Science Careers

"The resource was created to grow OEDb.org’s expansive resource collection. This page in particular outlines different career options for individuals interested in science. We wanted our users to be able to get information specific to their needs while also being able to find their perfect online college. With this resource, students will be better informed about different careers in science as they move forward with their educational journey. The guide provides a description of different science careers available in the United States and describes the importance of many of these jobs. There are links to 10 of the most common career paths for those in the science field. Additionally, there are links to online degrees, job boards, professional organizations, publications, social networks, internships and resume samples. There’s also employment and salary statistics." George Wagner, Researcher at the OEDB.org 

To access the online guide about Geoscience, Geology and other Science careers, please visit the following page: http://oedb.org/careers/science/

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