How to Tell Your Advisor…. “I’m Leaving Academia”

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Many people enter a Ph.D. program or postdoctoral fellowship with the plan that they will be in academia forever. However, for about 70% of trainees, this plan changes along the way. Sometimes it happens slowly, over a long period of time, and sometimes it happens quickly. In either case, usually their Ph.D. or postdoc advisor is the last person to find out. Despite the changing culture, many PI’s simply do not want their trainees to leave academia.