Everyone schmoozes—or, at least, they ought to. Many scientists feel uncomfortable about reaching out to strangers for help and advice, not to mention pitching themselves as exceptional candidates for funding, positions, and advancement. This is becoming increasingly important, however, especially in engineering circles.
At MIT, for example, one course makes their students pitch their projects in a Steve Jobs-style “product launch.” If students can’t sell themselves—or their science—they are doomed. Uncomfortable? For sure. Great life practice? Can’t be beat.
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