I envision this to be a safe place to “really” discuss what it is like to be an early career scientist. Openly talk about (1) the grad school experience – the candidacy process (passing and failing), struggles (e.g., with advisors, lab mates, imposter syndrome), successes (i.e., first paper published, first proposal funded); (2) the postdoc experience – loneliness, rejection, imposter syndrome, mental health, finally getting a job; (3) finding permanent employment (hopefully) – private sector, faculty position, or something completely different (e.g., struggles, successes, work-life balance, changing paths, etc.). In reality, these struggles occur at every stage of one’s career. I wanted to spread the word that there was a safe place to share stories, exchange ideas, ask questions, celebrate successes, and exchange experiences. Maybe we can all help each other.
Do you have an experience you would like to share? Feel free to do so anonymously or not, whatever makes you most comfortable. Additionally, I have created a slack discussion forum: https://ecisuncensored.slack.com/messages/general/details/
Remember this is a safe place to discussion early career experiences!!!