David Dotson, Ph.D.
**Dr. David Dotson**, formerly of the *Beckstein Lab*
Ask yourself, and answer honestly:
To answer questions (2) and (3), you'll need to do some research...
**As you do this, you may reassess your interests, skills, and skills gaps several times before you settle on a set of tangible goal roles.**
LinkedIn is a **fishing lure**, always in the water ready to catch something that swims by.
You'll want to have a presence there as a **flagpost** for your professional persona.
One of the most effective ways to find employment opportunities is to break bread with new people in the field.
You'll learn a lot, and the friends you make may lead to some unexpected (and exciting) results in the future.
You'll want to share some of the things you do with the wider world.
Add to your searchable portfolio by giving yourself a space to show off the fruits of your creativity.
A Ph.D. is a professional research degree; use it to learn new skills.
Build time into your schedule to fill in knowledge and skills gaps you identified for your goal career.
Opening yourself up to opportunities outside of academia will stretch you in new ways, and will increase your chances of finding fulfilling work.
You don't have to choose one path.