What They Do Not Teach You in Graduate School: How to Be an Effective Listener, Be a Good Participant and Chair at Meetings, and Deal with Opposing Views
Russell Moll and Shauna Oh
With a newly minted graduate degree in hand, many of us depart school for a career with an impressive set of skills and knowledge. Often, recent masters of science, Ph.Ds., and postdoctorates are at the cutting edge of their fields, possessing the latest knowledge and research methods. They stand poised to make an outstanding contribution in the years ahead to their respective fields of science. There are, however, some skills that are not usually taught in a formal education setting and are best learned on the job. In the long run, these skills may be just as important to career success as those learned through formal education. This vignette addresses three key skills that are essential for a successful career: good listening, meeting management, and addressing opposing views.