Advice for ‘Hunting Season’

Merry Christmas to all of my followers!

For those of you, like me, who may need a bit of festive cheer through job-hunting season, I suggest you take a look at this article in ACS Central Science. It encourages us not to seek out box-ticking experience and training in order to reach a career goal which may not be relevant when the time comes, and to instead carry out work which inspires you, and solve problems that you genuinely want to solve.

The article’s author, Carolyn Bertozzi of Stanford University, encourages to learn the skill of recognising an opportunity and making the most of it. After all, employers will respond more to someone who shows genuine drive, passion and problem-solving ability, than someone who has gone through their career simply doing what they think is necessary to satisfy a set of apparent requirements for their ideal job.

I don’t know about you, but it perked me up about some recent job-seeking disappointments, and I’m determined to plough through ‘hunting season’ with renewed vigour in the New Year.

Don’t let job-hunting mar your holiday season. Use the time off to regroup and prepare yourself to go at it from a new angle in January. Above all, make sure you take time out and relax!

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