Assumption 5: Some people make it
sound like it’s very easy and building a
career is one smooth and straight line.
Challenge: No. Heck no. You need to
make and take opportunities. Never wait.
Rejection is certain. You have to learn to
use every instance of rejection as feedback to fight again. If anyone infers that
the road to the career you are happy in
is a smooth one, they are lying. The next
time you have the thought that a certain
successful person you see or chat with
has it all figured out, question why that
might be? What were the circumstances
in which they found success? How did
they achieve what you see before you?
When you start to break down someone’s
road to success, you start to see that success is very rarely plain sailing.
This article might sound like I
have it all figured out. I do not. I have
struggled and will continue to struggle
with my own career assumptions, but
I hope these observations can help you
question your own assumptions on the
road to where you want to be.
If nothing else remember this: Trying and failing are infinitely more manageable than the regret of never having
tried at all. n
Marc Reid, Ph.D., is a physical organic
chemist based in Glasgow, Scotland. He
completed his MSc in Chemistry at the
University of Strathclyde in 2011. In
2015, he completed his Carnegie Trust-
sponsored Ph.D. in Chemistry from the
same institution. From 2015-16, Reid
was a postdoctoral research associate at
the University of Edinburgh. During that
time, he was inducted into the SciFinder
Future Leaders in Chemistry program.
Most recently, Reid won the prestigious
Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship and re-joined the Dept. of Pure
& Applied Chemistry at Strathclyde
to take up his first independent position. Reid’s current post is supported
by GlaxoSmithKline, and he is thus
the first Strathclyde-GSK Early Career
Socially ACS Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholars
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