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Networking for Nerds: Find, Access and Land Hidden Game-Changing Career Opportunities Everywhere by Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt, Alaina G. Levine

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3 Determining the Right Opportunities for Me

I hope by now you realize that as a science or engineering educated professional, you have potentially endless career opportunities. So now you have to start putting some boundaries on these opportunities to find the right ones for you. One of the tremendous benefits of networking, and the resulting strong networks you craft, is that it allows you a greater chance to seek and find opportunities that are the best fit for you professionally, personally, and intellectually. Networking can serve as a strategic tool in your career planning.

The Concept and Pursuit of Bliss

Below I discuss just some of the career paths that you can pursue as a science or engineering educated professional, all of which I discovered from networking myself. Of course this is only a partial list. There are many, many jobs you can acquire and even more game-changing career opportunities of which you will become aware and can pursue through networking. But no matter what job or career you desire to chase, you should have one central objective: To find a vocation and a professional ecosystem that will provide you with consistent and sustainable bliss, enjoyment, and intellectual stimulation.

This concept of bliss has been studied and pontificated on for practically eons by scholars and philosophers. But I found that the best interpretation and resulting explanation of what this “bliss” means to you in terms of career planning is simple: You are intellectually ...

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