Careers in Different Fields: A Personal Prospective: Part 1, Academia

Author : Shu Chin Ma

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I will admit it, when I was a wee grasshopper, I had a rather naïve view of my future life as a professional. I vacillated between an aspiring, and probably a very hungry artist, a neurosurgeon and going to Africa to feed hungry children. 

Needless to say, over the years, my career has bobbed and weaved, ranging from academia, a startup biotech company, a pharmaceutical company on its last breath, consulting work, a government agency and co-founding a clean fuel startup. So, I thought I’d share some of my experiences and maybe offer some insights to each field.