Going Abroad Needn't Mean Going Into Exile

Science  03 Sep 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5433, pp. 1522
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5433.1522

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Among ambitious young U.S. scientists, conventional wisdom says that doing a postdoc abroad is a bad career move because it takes one out of the scientific mainstream and makes it tougher to enter an already tight job market. But many who have done one say that a postdoc abroad can sharpen one's skills, broaden one's perspective on how other countries do science, and augment one's network of contacts--without draining one's bank account.