Follow Your Heart


For some researchers, there comes a point when they realize that academia isn't for them. At the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Karen Peterson, the director of career development, offers advice about alternative careers for scientists. Common alternative careers are as product managers or in technology transfer, she says, but others include science teachers, fundraisers, or even chocolatiers or vintners. GT's Ciara Curtin caught up with Peterson to talk about her own job path — she used to be a postdoc at the Hutch — and the advice she now gives.

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