The Sackler School has opened registration for their next short course, focused on preparing individuals for industry. If you’re heading to industry, register soon — seats are limited.
We are pleased and proud to announce a new short course “NAVIGATING THE CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT”. This course continues our series of courses and seminars designed to educate and train students and postdocs toward career excellence in academia and across the biomedical workforce. This course will provide an introductory understanding of working in biotech, pharma and research organizations.
This course will combine lecture and interactive activities from a Northeastern University Business faculty with discussions with alumni and others from a variety of companies. Topics will include managing people, understand culture, working in groups, teamwork, organizational structure, company overviews, the market and associated peers, roles within an organization and how to be successful in a corporate environment.
This course will consist of five 2-hour sessions on Thursday evenings from 6 – 8 pm, starting on Thursday, March 1. Subsequent sessions will be on March 8, 15, 22 and 29. Attendance at all five sessions is mandatory as are pre -and post-course surveys and a $20.00 course fee. The class size is limited to 30, and will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.
Please note this is a not-for-credit course. A light dinner will be served for each seminar!
Just a friendly reminder to take a break for coffee and cookies!
When: Thursday, Februrary 1st, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Jaharis Cafe
When: Thursday, Februrary 1st, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: SEC Room 120
Director of Outreach Programs
Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO)
Tufts University is pleased to announce that payment for the voluntary dental plan will now be processed by payroll deduction making is a more affordable option for dental insurance for Tufts University postdoctoral scholars!
Effective September 1, 2017 Tufts Support Services (TSS) will handle the administration and billing of the voluntary Delta Dental Plan.
For enrollment questions, please contact Gianna Vroom, Director of Student Advisory & Health Administration Office at Gianna.Vroom(at)tufts.edu
We were joined by Nathan Vanderford from the University of Kentucky on the second part of his seminar series, this time demonstrating valuable tools and lessons to develop a course or workshop on professional development for PhDs!
52% within academic
48% outside academia
26% for profit
8% federal employment
2% state employment
Graduate students interest in moving into the tenure track declines over time:
41.7% First Year
(Fuhmann et al CBE Life Sci Ed 2011)
But, there is no concerted training for alternative careers!
Goals of the course:
– Understand the realities of the job market
– Realise what skills are required to transition
– Identify resources
– Take action to prepare for their chosen career
Five Major Didactic Requirements:
– Explore the career paths that are of interest to them
– Written paper on necessary skills
– Perform a self assessment and create action plans for improving identified weaknesses
– Students contact an individual in their ideal career and conduct an informational interview to develop networking skills
– How did the interviewee obtain their workplace skills?
– How did graduate skill prepare you for this career?
– Expand student’s network by asking for additional points of contact
– Students obtain experiences in critical components of the job search process including résumé and cover letter writing
– Practice interviewing and job search execution
– Students interact with guest speakers as well as present their finding from each assignment to promote student-driven discussions
55% PhD trainees
32% Master’s students
6% Other (undergraduates, non-degree seekers)
– Safe environment to explore their career options and work through options in a positive way
– Identification of career options
– Student engagement
– Student-driven discussion
– Diversity of disciplines
– Development of work readiness skills
– Diversity of disciplines (which guest speakers, from which disciplines)
– Tuition (who pays?)
– Permission to attend (scheduling of the class versus time spend for research)
– Course versus workshop format
Course versus Workshop Format
– Sustained engagement
– Incentives (grade) to participate
– Effective platform for exercises
– Limited reach
– PI resistance
– Reach a larger audience
– Interrupted engagement
– No incentive to participate in exercises
– Non-effective platform for exercises
– Work hours component (4 hours)
– Course hours (2 hours)
Tips for trainees:
Goal setting tips:
– Write out goals and map out a strategy
– Post your goals where you can easily see them
Career Exploration and Networking:
– Alumni network
– Informational interviews
– Work Experience
– Functional skills
– Knowledge-based skills
– Personal traits and attitudes
– A realistic assessment helps with your placement and career success
Tools to assess transferrable skills:
– Science Careers myIDP
– Gallup StrengthsFinder
– MN Career Pathways
– Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
We were joined by Laura Pavlech, Research and Instruction Librarian at Hirsh Library and liaison to the Sackler School to learn more about library resources available to postdocs!
- Hirsh Health Sciences Library (Boston Campus): Floors 4-7 on the Sackler building
- Tisch Library (Medford Campus)
- Lilly Music Library
- Ginn Library (Government and International affairs at The Fletcher School)
- Webster Family Library at the Vet School (Grafton Campus)
- Digital Collections and Archives
The librarians can help with:
- Literature search
- Finding data and statistics
- Using citation management programs
- Developing data management plans (RDMS project, run by TTS – electronic lab notebooks)
- Answering scholarly communications questions
- Citation analysis and measuring research impact
- “Workshops on Demand”
- You can also request a workshop for your lab or group at the library
- Every Tufts postdoc should get a username and password to access their library account
- If not available at the library, there is a charge of $4 for each request
- hirshlibrary.tufts.edu -> Click on eJournals tab, write down the journal name, and the page will redirect to BrowZine to do the search (browzine.com/libraries)
- Does not allow you to save PDFs
- If at home, use BrowZine
- Jumbo Search
- Google Scholar
- You can change your settings at Google Scholar:
- Library links -> Search for Tufts University -> Check the Tufts University box -> Click on “Save”
- You can change your settings at Google Scholar:
- For articles available within the library, you can request it and they print it out for you.
- If not available within the library, go to ILLiad to request an interlibrary loan https://illiad.library.tufts.edu
- Henry Stewart Talks – Biomedical and Life Science Collection
- Most of these protocols are for bench science, but there is also a Medicine section
- Visualizing the literature search as a scientific approach.
- Focused question:
- “What is it you really want to know about?”
- Identify key words/concepts
- What is the topic?
- What is the info needed?
- Where can you find this info?
- Look at the library research guide or ask the librarian
- Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) – standardized terms
- Will be located at the bottom of the PubMed search page, once a paper is selected
- Because it’s people who create the MeSH terms, sometimes it takes a little longer to do the search for a specific combination of words
- MeSH terms are organized on a hierarchy and can be automatically searched on PubMed
- Where to find a particular MeSH term?
- Search for a particular term on the main search box -> Look at the “Search details” box on the right side of the screen (may need to scroll down a bit to find it)
- Search can be restricted by using sub terms on the MeSH database directly
- Set up a personalized PubMed account:
- Saves your searches
- Break down your search by using 1-2 search term combinations and using “and” (to restrict your search) or “or” (to broaden your search)
- Words on the search results will be highlighted
- Results will also be emailed to you
- Request help from a librarian to find the right search databases as well as construct the right search terms
- Systematic Review