Alternative career paths should be celebrated, not seen as a compromise.Do go on.
...but young scientists have more reason than most to be disillusioned when things do not go to plan. Almost all have completed a PhD. And almost all would have been told that the qualification — and the effort and dedication involved — was the first step on the ladder to a permanent academic position.
Nature and others have long pointed out that this is a lie. There are simply too many PhD students and too few senior posts. Hence the purgatory of the postdocs: trapped in transition and trying to accrue the necessary credit to move on.Well, I'm not sure how "long" they've pointed it out. Their link is to 2011. If they'd pointed this out in the 1970's I'd be more impressed.
Up next: The editors of Nature suspect that these newfangled desktop computers might have an effect on how people do science.