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Canadian GirlPostdoc in America says that the "average PhD student in this current economic climate is expected to do at least two different stints as a postdoc" is not necessarily a bad thing, as trainees are afforded the opportunity to sample different work environments before beginning their independent careers — much like tenants might rent several apartments before buying a home.

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