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Learn to read a balance sheet and spend some time understanding the cost of doing research. Spend time learning how money flows in the organization and how decisions are made. It’s vital to understand when you are authorized to spend money and when you are not - depending on the funding source these rules will vary, so ask lots of questions! Laboratories have a vested interest in maintaining a reputation for quality work. A technical publication, presentation, or proposal has the name of your organization as well as your name.

If you are a member of the American Chemical Society, you can take advantage of its professional development courses. Learn from successes and failures, both your own and others’. It is critical to learn the causes of failure and make sure it is not repeated! One way to achieve this is, if possible, get involved with different stages of projects and assess the projects’ level of success at the end with others. Your ability to keep pace in a technology intensive, fast-changing business environment requires the development of business competencies which will dictate your ability to strengthen the firm’s competitive position, ensuring its future viability and your own position within the company.

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