Playing the Research Game: Bouncing back from
Rejection and Disappointment
Marie-Josée FortinEcology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Toronto
Career: An occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person's life and with opportunities for progress.
• Job duties• Training and educational requirements• Job outlook• Salary ranges ($,$$,$$$)
Gradual progression: Moving on to more challenging issues
Sophomore: + Mentee + Mentor (TAs)
Freshman: + Mentee + Mentor (TAs)
Senior:+ Mentee+ Mentor(TAs; Graduates)
Junior:+ Mentee+ Mentor(TAs; Graduates)
GraduateMentee: a person who is advised or trained by a mentor.
Mentor: an experienced and trusted adviser.
AssociateProfessor:+ SME+ Chairmanetc.
Assistant Professor: SME
FullProfessor:+ SME+ Deanetc.
SME: Small and medium-sized enterprise
Progression through a Career
Assistant Associate FullResearch
Professor: Researcher, Teacher, Supervisor, Reviewer Leader, Organizer, Administrator
Career Moving on to new and more challenging issues
Be Resilient• Learn to take criticism
• Like the journey Do science to make you fell better
• Persevere The difference between a lucky and
an unlucky person is that the lucky person will try again and again while the unlucky person will not try again
• Learn to be a employee • Learn to be a employer
• A happy researcher is a happy boss
Work WiselyAs Graduate Students
• Learn how to structure arguments• Learn to be critical of your own work
• Ask questions at seminars• Be able to answer questions
• Show leadership / Become a leader
• Learn to take rejection (papers)
Work WiselyAs Assistant Professor• Publish in good journals• Give talks, seminars
• Be on editorial board of journals
• Show leadership / Become a leader• Organize symposiums, working groups
• Learn to take rejection (papers, grants)
• Do not take too many graduate students;but have a critical mass so that they canhelp one another
DO NOT WRITE A BOOKDO NOT DO EDITED BOOKS or SPECIAL ISSUES
Work WiselyAs Associate Professor
• Publish in good journals• Give talks, seminars• Be on editorial board of journals• Show leadership / Become a leader• Organize symposiums, working groups• Have a critical mass of graduates
• DO WRITE A BOOK• DO EDITED BOOKS or SPECIAL ISSUES
• Ask questions at seminars• Be able to answer questions after your talks
• Show leadership / Become a leader• Show that you are engaged in scientific community (Organize symposium, Guest Editor of Special Issue, Committee Member in Scientific Association, etc.)• Understand the importance of a targeted job search• Write an engaging cover letter• Develop your interview skills
• Making Connections / Identify networks• Learn how to utilize your connections• Effectively utilize your online presence
Website; Twitter; Blog; etc.
Skills to Improve Your Career