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POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR, IN-DEPTH: I Like Working With Veterans

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Michelle is a PostDoctoral Scholar working with veterans. Michelle explains how her family are veterans and working in the military themselves, so it's important for her to work with veterans. Michelle talks about what she likes and dislikes about her job, key career decisions she made and her work-life balance.

School: Stanford University
Degree: Clinical Neuropsychology
Job Title: PostDoctoral Scholar
Employer: Veterans Affairs

Job Summary: Postsecondary Teachers

Job Description

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and vocational subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. Instead, schools may seek workers who have experience or certification in the field they wish to teach.

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Average salary
Average salary
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$30,000 - $130,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Creativity, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, People skills, Public speaking ability

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m='12650'>chance</span> <span m='12960'>to</span> <span m='13040'>help</span> <span m='13370'>people</span> <span m='13820'>and</span> <span m='13900'>help</span> <span m='14120'>a</span> <span m='14190'>system</span> <span m='14840'>that</span> <span m='15200'>helps</span> <span m='15500'>me.</span> </p><p><span m='16300'>What</span> <span m='16540'>I</span> <span m='16920'>don't</span> <span m='17150'>like</span> <span m='17350'>about</span> <span m='17570'>my</span> <span m='17700'>job</span> <span m='18130'>is</span> <span m='18610'>that</span> <span m='18920'>there's</span> <span m='19270'>a</span> <span m='19350'>lot</span> <span m='19550'>of</span> <span m='19720'>red</span> <span m='20010'>tape</span> <span m='20860'>working</span> <span m='21230'>for</span> <span m='21370'>the</span> <span m='21490'>government,</span> <span m='22410'>a</span> <span m='22500'>lot</span> <span m='22720'>of</span> <span m='22930'>really</span> <span m='23240'>strict</span> <span m='24310'>rules</span> <span m='25060'>that</span> <span m='25280'>you've</span> <span m='25390'>always</span> <span m='25830'>got</span> <span m='25930'>to</span> <span m='25990'>double</span> <span m='26230'>check</span> <span m='26500'>and</span> <span m='26570'>make</span> <span m='26720'>sure</span> <span m='26890'>that</span> <span m='27020'>you're</span> <span m='27130'>following.</span> <span m='27900'>I</span> <span m='28010'>like</span> <span m='28170'>to</span> <span m='28270'>follow</span> <span m='28610'>rules,</span> <span m='29325'>but</span> <span m='29650'>you've</span> <span m='29870'>got to</span> <span m='30000'>make sure</span> <span m='30150'>that you</span> <span m='30260'>know</span> <span m='30420'>them</span> <span m='30530'>all</span> <span m='30920'>and</span> <span m='31060'>sometimes</span> <span m='31480'>I</span> <span m='31520'>feel</span> <span m='31730'>like</span> <span m='31890'>they</span> <span m='32009'>change</span> <span m='32409'>quite</span> <span m='32560'>a</span> <span m='32600'>bit.</span> </p><p><span m='33460'>A</span> <span m='33570'>key</span> <span m='33730'>decision</span> <span m='34740'>was</span> <span m='35130'>to</span> <span m='35360'>actually</span> <span m='35930'>move</span> <span m='36260'>away</span> <span m='36750'>from</span> <span m='37010'>home</span> <span m='37750'>to</span> <span m='37910'>get</span> <span m='38080'>my</span> <span m='38200'>Ph.D.</span> <span m='38970'>So</span> <span m='39450'>my</span> <span m='39580'>family</span> <span m='40010'>lives</span> <span m='40590'>in</span> <span m='40770'>California,</span> <span m='41900'>and</span> <span m='42020'>I</span> <span m='42080'>had</span> <span m='42260'>to</span> <span m='42340'>move</span> <span m='42810'>to</span> <span m='43060'>Ohio</span> <span m='43870'>for</span> <span m='44090'>six</span> <span m='44390'>years</span> <span m='45380'>in</span> <span m='45570'>order</span> <span m='45840'>to</span> <span m='45980'>get</span> <span m='46180'>my</span> <span m='46290'>degree.</span> <span m='47630'>But</span> <span m='47760'>I</span> <span m='47830'>felt</span> <span m='48120'>that</span> <span m='48460'>was</span> <span m='48620'>really</span> <span m='48900'>important,</span> <span m='49440'>because</span> <span m='50340'>compared</span> <span m='50790'>to</span> <span m='50880'>a</span> <span m='50950'>lot</span> <span m='51120'>of</span> <span m='51180'>students</span> <span m='51920'>who</span> <span m='52070'>stay</span> <span m='52450'>in</span> <span m='52550'>the</span> <span m='52730'>area,</span> <span m='53830'>they</span> <span m='54020'>acquire</span> <span m='54720'>a</span> <span m='54840'>large</span> <span m='55220'>amount</span> <span m='56210'>of</span> <span m='56270'>student</span> <span m='56720'>loan</span> <span m='56970'>debt.</span> <span m='57970'>And</span> <span m='58190'>so,</span> <span m='58630'>while</span> <span m='58880'>unfortunately</span> <span m='59520'>I</span> <span m='59580'>still</span> <span m='59890'>have</span> <span m='60120'>some,</span> <span m='60590'>I</span> <span m='60650'>think</span> <span m='60910'>it</span> <span m='61020'>would've</span> <span m='61280'>been</span> <span m='61440'>worse</span> <span m='62250'>had</span> <span m='62390'>I</span> <span m='62490'>stayed</span> <span m='62860'>in</span> <span m='62960'>the</span> <span m='63120'>area.</span> </p><p><span m='64319'>I</span> <span m='64440'>think</span> <span m='64769'>it</span> <span m='65030'>varies</span> <span m='66080'>with</span> <span m='66340'>respect</span> <span m='66750'>to</span> <span m='66860'>how</span> <span m='67040'>difficult</span> <span m='67480'>it</span> <span m='67540'>is</span> <span m='67760'>to get</span> <span m='67950'>a</span> <span m='68040'>job</span> <span m='68310'>in</span> <span m='68400'>neuropsychology.</span> <span m='70680'>I</span> <span m='70800'>think</span> <span m='71080'>that</span> <span m='71230'>there</span> <span 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<span m='82350'>for</span> <span m='82450'>the</span> <span m='82590'>county.</span> <span m='83630'>I</span> <span m='83770'>can</span> <span m='83980'>work</span> <span m='84300'>for a</span> <span m='84770'>pharmaceutical</span> <span m='85450'>company.</span> </p><p><span m='86440'>So</span> <span m='87350'>the</span> <span m='87740'>difficulty</span> <span m='88330'>is</span> <span m='88480'>completely</span> <span m='88960'>related</span> <span m='89500'>to</span> <span m='89900'>what</span> <span m='90150'>you</span> <span m='90290'>see</span> <span m='90500'>yourself</span> <span m='91050'>doing.</span> <span m='92160'>I</span> <span m='92240'>would</span> <span m='92400'>say</span> <span m='92580'>it</span> <span m='92720'>varies</span> <span m='93290'>on</span> <span m='93430'>a</span> <span m='93480'>day</span> <span m='93650'>to</span> <span m='93760'>day</span> <span m='93890'>basis.</span> <span m='95030'>One of</span> <span m='95390'>the</span> <span m='95530'>nice</span> <span m='95920'>things</span> <span m='96230'>about</span> <span m='96460'>my</span> <span m='96590'>particular</span> <span m='97150'>hospital</span> <span m='97830'>is</span> <span m='98050'>they</span> <span m='98160'>have</span> <span m='98720'>pretty</span> <span m='99020'>strict</span> <span m='100050'>8:00</span> <span m='100440'>to</span> <span m='100610'>4:30</span> <span m='100950'>hours.</span> <span m='102380'>Sometimes</span> <span m='102990'>I</span> <span m='103120'>work</span> <span m='103440'>late,</span> <span m='104240'>but</span> <span m='104550'>I</span> <span m='104710'>always</span> <span m='105130'>try</span> <span m='105330'>and</span> <span m='105470'>find</span> <span m='105850'>time</span> <span m='106200'>to go</span> <span m='106440'>the</span> <span m='106580'>gym</span> <span m='106830'>twice</span> <span m='107130'>a</span> <span m='107190'>week.</span> <span m='108330'>I</span> <span m='108440'>try</span> <span m='108910'>hard</span> <span m='109260'>not</span> <span m='109460'>to</span> <span m='109580'>work</span> <span m='109860'>more</span> <span m='110360'>than</span> <span m='111310'>six</span> <span m='111670'>hours</span> <span m='112050'>on</span> <span m='112170'>the</span> <span m='112260'>weekends,</span> <span m='113690'>and</span> <span m='113870'>those</span> <span m='114120'>are</span> <span m='114890'>optional</span> <span m='115850'>and</span> <span m='116070'>really</span> <span m='116350'>are</span> <span m='116430'>based</span> <span m='116740'>on</span> <span m='117080'>my</span> <span m='117210'>personal</span> <span m='117630'>goals</span> <span m='117950'>for</span> <span m='118050'>my</span> <span m='118160'>career.</span> </p>","file":{"id":681084,"video_id":"","name":"3161-Michelle - PostDoc Scholar IN-DEPTH.mp4","duration":119280,"thumbnail_url":null}});