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This year’s CSE annual meeting and webinars have had 2 topics on careers in publishing. They did not cover the specifics of getting a job in publishing, but rather how to create a successful vocation as an early career professional and how to assert yourself to ensure equal treatment in a diverse environment.  At the 2018 CSE Annual Meeting, Alice Meadows and I put forth our career paths and then had a lively discussion with session attendees. For this Infovore column I thought I’d continue the theme of what advice and information early career professionals might find of value. Before you try to cast your life’s work in stone immediately after graduation, it’s important to remember that how you start out in your career may certainly not be where you find the greatest satisfaction and success. An infographic by Reuben Yonatan posted on July 24, 2018 reports on the early career “failures” of some pretty well-known people and their take on failure.  Here are a few examples: “A path that turns out to be a dead end is very useful because you don’t devote resources on that; you go elsewhere.”  —Michael Bloomberg “Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.”  —Oprah Winfrey “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” […]

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