I just did a career talk for graduate students and they tweeted my #MsMacrophageTopTips. The two biggest ones are:
1) Surround yourself by inspiring people and then try to live up to them, and
2) Try to win all the awards, poster talks, oral presentations, etc.
By pushing yourself to present your work, you’ll become a great communicator, which is key to succeeding, and you’ll build a CV that is irresistible.