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Subject: Re: grads. jobs & fisheries
From: Steve Gutreuter <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Academic forum on fisheries ecology and related topics <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 17 Apr 1997 09:54:22 -0500

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grossman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Calling other people's posts "trivial", making snide comments, or
> using someone's post to grind your own axe, certainly don't
> contribute to the main goal of this list (i.e. facilitating open
> and honest information among students and professionals).

I guess I owe Gary Grossman an explanation and a public apology
because my posting was the only one I have seen that used the word
"trivial."  My statement was _not_ intended to be a snide comment,
and I am very truly sorry if it appeared that way to others.

The point I apparently failed to make is that although it is
certainly true that some very few top performers will find gainfull
employment even when there is a vast oversupply of similarly trained
people, that statement is of little comfort to the many who
struggle to fulfill their career ambitions.

We have had an oversupply of graduates for a long time, and that
affects peoples lives.  Gary Grossman provided some valuable tips
for those who decide to take the risk.  I tried to augment his list
with a few others.  Students, there are things you can do to make
yourselves valuable to potential employers, and if you have settled
in on your decision to pursue a career in fishery science/ecology,
then do your best to maximize your value.  However, I also urge
students to carefully consider other career options.

I hope this candid discussion continues because it is important
to both students and to our profession.

| Steve Gutreuter, Ph.D.              Upper Mississippi Science Center |
|                                               U.S. Geological Survey |
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