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07/13/2021

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A tip for postdocs: because you're neither a member of the faculty nor a grad student, it's pretty easy for you to fall into various administrative cracks that make it a bit harder to orient yourself in your new position. Depending on what kind of institution or department you're at, there might be no real "onboarding" process where someone shows you all the things you need to know (from how to use the copy machine to healthcare stuff). I was at a department where I wasn't added to the relevant listservs, and for months I didn't get emails about department parties or colloquia. So you need to be really proactive about getting all the information you need, making sure you're on the right listservs, and so on. Otherwise, it's really easy to remain out of the loop and not really a part of department life (especially for big departments).

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