A Revolving Journey

One woman’s quest for the perfect career

I’m 42, and I’m as happy as anyone. Finally, after decades of job-hopping and career planning, I am content. Along the way, I’ve tried many strategies in my quest to determine the perfect career, and picked myself out of some potholes, too. This is the story of what strategies worked and those that didn’t.

“Engineering is the only worthwhile profession,” said my dad. Guess what he did for a living? Unfortunately for me (and fortunately for the rest of the world), I am not mechanically-inclined. His viewpoint did, however, influence my decision to pursue cold, hard facts on a career path that headed towards academia, but in the biological sciences rather than the physical ones.

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Mary Thomas