What advice would you give to someone starting out in materials?
My advice to someone starting out in the field:Maintain the contacts and connections you made up to this point in your career. The materials community is a small one and so you will often find times where you reconnect with someone you met at a past event or engagement. These past interactions can be the spark new collaborations, job opportunities or ideas.
Periodically skim notable journals in your field for what topics are mentioned beyond those of which are directly in your field. This can lead you to see what topics are of emerging interest and give you ideas on where opportunities exist.
Share what you are currently working on with other researchers as you will often find commonalities and overlaps with others as well as opportunities for support and input.
For the budding materials scientist... remember that every company needs to utilize materials. They are at the core of everything. Stay connected in the materials community and you will go far!