It’s rare — even risky — to move to a new city, spouse and belongings in tow, without the security of a job. But if it’s a calculated risk that comes after extensive planning and strategic thinking, it can pay off.

For 25 years, I worked at a Delaware-based agrichemical company, one of the only microscopy and imaging labs in North America, to exclusively study plant biology. It was rewarding, but the company incurred layoffs and I was among the scientists let go.

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