Do You Really Want to Be a Neuroscientist?

September 10, 2014 12:05 AM

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Do You Really Want to Be a Neuroscientist?

A few months ago thousands of college students swarmed the gymnasium of John Jay College to try to find long-term work placement. The room was full of tables manned by nonprofit organizations and university researchers hoping to find motivated students who were ready to gain real-world experiences in the job market. I represented the Brooklyn Children's Museum in our search for college "exPLAYners," a new group of students who would help motivate learning in our galleries. The job fair was hosted by CUNY Service Corps, a program that places students at a job site for 12 hours a week for 20 weeks throughout the school year.

As a job site, you have to interview 50 or so students in two days to find a great match. There isn't much time to get to know students, so you are reliant on résumés and cover letters.

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