Conclusion: Evaluate Your Opportunities

At the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

    • Summarize all your research.¬†
    • Determine what career you would like to try next.
    • Manage self-doubt and impostor syndrome.
    • Apply strategies for communicating your decision to leave academia.

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Questions to Consider

  1. What are the important factors to consider when evaluating your best career opportunities?
  2. What is impostor syndrome?
  3. What are important factors to consider when deciding whether or not to tell your advisor about your decision to leave academia?


  1. Based on your research, select 3 career opportunities. For each career opportunity, write down the motivators and values present in this career, the skills required for this career, the training and experience you need to enter this career, the compensation provided by this career, the work culture of this career, and the number of job opportunities available in the city you live in. Which career opportunity provides the path of least resistance?
  2. Write down any negative self-talk you find yourself experiencing. Beside it, write down what you would say to a friend if they shared that negative self-talk with you.
  3. If you decide to tell your advisor about your decision to leave academia, write down a script of what you will say. Outline your next steps. Be clear about how your future career connects with your training and education.

Conclusion: Evaluate Your Best Opportunities

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