November 2013 PhD Career Connections speaker Kenneth Gibbs shares his experience when he made the nerve-wracking decision to step away from lab science, highlighting his non-traditional journey since.
When, after completing my Ph.D. in immunology, I told colleagues and mentors that I had accepted a position as a Science & Technology (S&T) Policy Fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)—publisher ofScience Careers—the most common response was, "So, you're leaving science?" I would be working at the National Science Foundation (NSF), focusing onscience workforce policy. "Science" was in my official position title and job description—four times! Yet, I still found myself defending my professional choice.
Read the full article in Science Careers.
Kenneth Gibbs Jr. is a Cancer Prevention Fellow for the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. He was a 2011-13 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow.
If you missed Kenneth's talk in November, watch his presentation online.