Guest post: What skills do you wish you learned? What skill should you impart?

Recently on CAGList, the mailing list for the Canadian Association of Geographers an early career researcher asked established researchers  what kind of training  they wish they had obtained as grad students and post-docs.  Alwynne Beaudoin, adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta, curator of Quaternary Environments at the Royal Alberta Museum and active member of the Canadian Association of Palynologists, posted an excellent reply.

I asked her if it would be okay to post it here (and she’s agreed), because I think it speaks to the heart of what many of us are beginning to realize:  Our ‘hard skills’ training is often excellent, but the soft skills that make our lives much more manageable and enjoyable, and can play a significant role in your career development both inside and outside academia.

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I will not comment on the applicability of this quote.

“Because no matter where you are in your career, but most especially if you are just starting out, or (god forbid) a grad student, you are, as an academic, insecure, verbose, defensive, paranoid, beset by feelings of inadequacy,  pretentious, self-involved, communicatively challenged, and fixated on minutiae.”

Karen Kelsky, The ‘Be Yourself’ Myth. Inside Higher Ed [link]