Scientific research is now considered one of the most prestigious occupations in China. But those advocating science as a career still often see it as a technical trade that requires students to memorise endless facts.
In this article, Alice Shih-hou Huang draws on her own varied career to explain why young Chinese scientists should receive a broad training that enables them to set priorities, solve problems and communicate clearly.
Young scientists should be encouraged to explore new paths and to have the confidence to follow their instincts. This will allow them to pursue the amazing opportunities — for example, in academia, finance, journalism, philanthropy or politics — open to them around the world.
Reference: Nature 428, 222 (2004)