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Science Careers Job Fair

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We received this event invitation for those looking to pursue industry positions in the future. We recommend registering for this free event in advance!


I’m delighted to let you know that Science Careers has partnered with Harvard University to produce a unique Science Career Fair open to all on March 14, 2018. I would be grateful if you could help to advertise this event widely!

Join us for a chance to meet with top scientific organizations and get important advice from career experts. The combination of valuable career development seminars, company presentations, and exciting career opportunities make this a free “must-attend” event for scientists. The event will include 4 sessions: Exploring Bioscience and Entrepreneurship; Networking for Scientists; Science Communication and Public Engagement Fundamentals; and Transitioning into a Non-academic Career.

In addition, the following companies will offer presentations: Pfizer; EMD Serono; MilliporeSigma & EMD Performance Materials; FAPESP -Sao Paulo Brazil Research Foundation; Jackson Laboratories; and Moderna Therapeutics.

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Location: Northwest Science Building, 52 Oxford Street, B100, Harvard campus, Cambridge, MA
Time: 11:00 am – 5 pm EST

For more details and to register, visit sciencemag.org/careers/jobfair.

Short Course – Navigating the Corporate Environment

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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!

Register for this event, now!

Monthly Coffee Hours – February 2018

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Just a friendly reminder to take a break for coffee and cookies!

Boston

When: Thursday, Februrary 1st, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Where: Jaharis Cafe

Medford

When: Thursday, Februrary 1st, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Where: SEC Room 120

Special Guest!

Elissa Milto

Director of Outreach Programs

Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO)

 

Sign up for your employee dental insurance by August 1!

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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! 


This insurance is voluntary and consists of the Delta Dental PPO Plus Premier Plan.  Please enroll by August 1 to be eligible for dental insurance between September 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017

Effective September 1, 2017 Tufts Support Services (TSS) will handle the administration and billing of the voluntary Delta Dental Plan.
The voluntary Delta Dental PPO Plus Premier Plan that is offered will run on the calendar year starting January 1, 2018. Information will be emailed to you in November 2017 on how to enroll and information regarding the new policy year, January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018. 
Questions regarding plan benefits should be directed to Delta Dental at 800-872-0500 or www.deltadentalma.com . When selecting a dentist, please make sure to select in the Delta Dental PPO network,http://wsprod.deltadental.com/DentistSearch/MassachusettsDentistSearchController.ccl.

For enrollment questions, please contact Gianna Vroom, Director of Student Advisory & Health Administration Office at Gianna.Vroom(at)tufts.edu 


Workshops in Preparing Future Professionals: A Model in Postdoc Career Development

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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!





Realities of today’s workforce with PhD degrees

2% unemployment

52% within academic
48% outside academia

26% for profit
9% non-profit
8% federal employment
3% self-employed
2% state employment

Graduate students interest in moving into the tenure track declines over time:
41.7% First Year
21%Third 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:

Career Exploration
– Explore the career paths that are of interest to them
– Written paper on necessary skills

Transferrable Skills
– Perform a self assessment and create action plans for improving identified weaknesses

Informational Interviews
– 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

Career Development
– Students obtain experiences in critical components of the job search process including résumé and cover letter writing
– Practice interviewing and job search execution

Student Engagement
– Students interact with guest speakers as well as present their finding from each assignment to promote student-driven discussions

Demographics:
6% Postdocs
55% PhD trainees
32% Master’s students
6% Other (undergraduates, non-degree seekers)

Course Strengths:
– Safe environment to explore their career options and work through options in a positive way
– Self-assessment
– Identification of career options
– Student engagement
– Student-driven discussion
– Diversity of disciplines
– Development of work readiness skills

Course Challenges:
– 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

Course:
Positives:
– Sustained engagement
– Incentives (grade) to participate
– Effective platform for exercises

Challenges:
– Costly
– Limited reach
– PI resistance

Workshop:
Positives:
– Free
– Reach a larger audience

Challenges:
– Interrupted engagement
– No incentive to participate in exercises
– Non-effective platform for exercises

Future Plans:
Certificate Program:
– 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:
– LinkedIn
– Alumni network
– Informational interviews
– Work Experience

Transferrable skills:
– 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
– SkillScan
– MN Career Pathways
– Myers-Briggs Type Indicator