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Launching Your Career After Graduate School - Webinar Series

Date: November 2, 2021

Time: 11:00AM - 12:30PM

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Career development, the process of exploration and action that shapes an individual's professional life, is often challenging for graduate students. Many students today struggle with the transition to a professional setting as a result of uncertainty, and sometimes choosing the right path in a world with many possibilities can be difficult and even scary. This workshop series hopes to focus on four issues graduate students may encounter during the transition outside graduate school:

  1. Lack of awareness about options - students may be unaware of the many job opportunities they have with their qualification
  2. Lack of mentorship - the hiring process (in academia or industry) can be challenging and unclear to students without guidance by a more senior mentor
  3. Stressful interviews - students need to prepare for their job interviews before the end of graduate school
  4. Work-life balance - raising awareness among students about support that hiring entities may provide to them and their families during the transition

Choosing the right career path can and should be easier. To help students navigate job opportunities during and after academia, a webinar series featuring professionals from industry, national laboratories, and editorial offices/publishers could help in guiding students’ career development. This series will include an “ice-breaker” elevator pitch to engage students, discussion of the four aforementioned topics on day 1, training on elevator pitches, and competition for the best elevator pitch on day 2 (see below for further information).

Day 1 (November 2, 2021 – 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM)

The first part of this seminar focuses on capabilities building, and it aims to train graduate students on how to give an elevator pitch, how to handle job interviews, and how to prepare for a job outside graduate school. These will be performed together with our speakers who will be involved in giving an elevator pitch, commenting elevator pitches from pre-registered videos, and subsequent discussions covering various aspects that can affect graduate students during their transition.

Day 2 (November 9, 2021 – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM)

The second part focuses on students implementing skills and knowledge acquired in part one to compete in an elevator pitch competition. On day two, students will have the opportunity to present their elevator pitches to the audience, receive feedback from the speakers, and possibly win the “best elevator pitch” award of $300. More details on the event can be found on the planning document.

Student Engagement Subcommittee
Luciana d'Amone, Tufts University
Elisabetta Rugerri, Tufts University
Simiranjit Grewal, Recent PhD recipient from University of California, Merced
Eva Hemmer, Student Engagement Subcommittee Chair, University of Ottawa

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Career development, the process of exploration and action that shapes an individual's professional life, is often challenging for graduate students. Many students today struggle with the transition to a professional setting as a result of uncertainty, and sometimes choosing the right path in a world with many possibilities can be difficult and even scary. This workshop series hopes to focus on four issues graduate students may encounter during the transition outside graduate school:

  1. Lack of awareness about options - students may be unaware of the many job opportunities they have with their qualification
  2. Lack of mentorship - the hiring process (in academia or industry) can be challenging and unclear to students without guidance by a more senior mentor
  3. Stressful interviews - students need to prepare for their job interviews before the end of graduate school
  4. Work-life balance - raising awareness among students about support that hiring entities may provide to them and their families during the transition

Choosing the right career path can and should be easier. To help students navigate job opportunities during and after academia, a webinar series featuring professionals from industry, national laboratories, and editorial offices/publishers could help in guiding students’ career development. This series will include an “ice-breaker” elevator pitch to engage students, discussion of the four aforementioned topics on day 1, training on elevator pitches, and competition for the best elevator pitch on day 2 (see below for further information).

Day 1 (November 2, 2021 – 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM)

The first part of this seminar focuses on capabilities building, and it aims to train graduate students on how to give an elevator pitch, how to handle job interviews, and how to prepare for a job outside graduate school. These will be performed together with our speakers who will be involved in giving an elevator pitch, commenting elevator pitches from pre-registered videos, and subsequent discussions covering various aspects that can affect graduate students during their transition.

Day 2 (November 9, 2021 – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM)

The second part focuses on students implementing skills and knowledge acquired in part one to compete in an elevator pitch competition. On day two, students will have the opportunity to present their elevator pitches to the audience, receive feedback from the speakers, and possibly win the “best elevator pitch” award of $300. More details on the event can be found on the planning document.

Student Engagement Subcommittee
Luciana d'Amone, Tufts University
Elisabetta Rugerri, Tufts University
Simiranjit Grewal, Recent PhD recipient from University of California, Merced
Eva Hemmer, Student Engagement Subcommittee Chair, University of Ottawa

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