This question ask everybody who choose scientific path in the life. Jonathan Yewdell – professor immunologist at NIH give a lot of very good advices and tips for young biomedical scientists in Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology.
Biomedical research has never been more intellectually exciting or practically important to society. Ironically, pursuing a career as a biomedical scientist has never been more difficult. Here I provide unvarnished advice for young biomedical scientists on the difficulties that lie ahead and on how to find the right laboratories for training in the skills that you will need to succeed.
Making discoveries is the most important part of being a scientist, and also the most fun. Young scientists need to develop the experimental and mental skill sets that enable them to make discoveries, including how to recognize and exploit serendipity when it strikes.
Highly recommend to read and discuss!