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Salient. Special Salient Issue. Careers Information Week. 1961


The science graduate's choice of career will be influenced by many considerations. Are you seeking first, material gains, or are you interested in knowledge for its own sake and the satisfaction that is found in grappling with the problems posed by nature? Higher salaries may be obtainable by the right men in private industry, but the D.S.I.R. offers advantages in other ways. For example, publication of the results of research is encouraged by the department: there are opportunities for taking part in long-term projects; senior officers are in certain cases, given freedom to pursue lines of research that particularly interest them, provided they are consistent with the general policy of the department: and there is frequently the stimulus of working in a team of co-workers and the valuable daily contact with fellow scientists in the same or other disciplines. A further advantage is the possibility of travel within New Zealand or overseas—to attend scientific congresses or visit research institutions for discussion of common problems.