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Spring 2015 Professional Development Series


Careers Beyond Academia

Graduate students and postdocs interested in exploring career options in industry, government, and nonprofit can learn about opportunities in the Careers Beyond Academia series throughout the 2014-15 academic year. You can find topics relevant to all students as well as specialized panels for two broad disciplinary areas: the humanities and social sciences, and sciences and engineering. This series is offered every two years and is co-sponsored with the Duke Career Center and the Office of Postdoctoral Services. Visit the Careers Beyond Academia webpage for complete details.

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math Seminars

Career Choices for PhD Scientists in the Age of Biotech: How to Decide Which Path is Right for You

Thursday, January 22, 9:30-11 am
Rm 103 Bryan Research Bldg
In this presentation, William Schrader, Ph.D., will discuss the pros and cons of academic, industry, and government research.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw2houYqxP8&list=PLWxjJg36lSTt6S05cvdKWMFM-I18Hu47C

AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Info Session

Friday, February 20, 9-10 am
Gross Hall rm 270
Dr. Charles Podolak, AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow and former Duke postdoc, will talk about AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships, an opportunity to gain valuable experience working in the federal government. 

Medical Writing Info Session with Whitsell Innovations: “Scope of Medical Communications”

Tuesday, February 24, 9:30-10:30 am
Rm 103 Bryan Research Bldg
Robin Whitsell, Founder and President of Whitsell Innovations (WI), Inc., will be hosting an informational session entitled “Scope of Medical Communications.” This presentation will provide an overview of medical-writing careers and discuss the WI Internship Program, an 18-month, part-time, paid internship available to postdoctoral researchers in the life sciences who are interested in medical, scientific, and technical writing.

Careers in Business and Consulting for Science and Engineering PhDs

Thursday, March 12, 9-10 am
Rm 143 Jones Bldg
Join Ph.D.s from the sciences and engineering to discuss their experience in business and consulting, and how they transitioned from Ph.D. researcher to the private sector.
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Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel

Managing Your Research Career Using an Individual Development Plan (IDP)

Tues Mar 24, 9:30-11 am
Rm 143 Jones Bldg
During this program participants will learn how to develop clear and specific goals and objectives in an individual development plan (IDP) along with a plan for executing them.
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Careers in Grant Writing

Tues May 19, 9:30-10:30 am
Rm 143 Jones Bldg

Grant writing is often the first step to a career beyond the traditional tenure track for many postdocs and graduate students. Grant writers secure funding for nonprofits (eg, NC Biotech Center, National Humanities Center), businesses (eg, local start-ups and mid-sized biotech firms), and government agencies. Increasingly, research universities employ grant officers to help faculty and staff secure funding. Consequently, skilled grant writers are typically able to find employment in an otherwise tough job market. More information.

Humanities and Social Sciences Seminars

Careers in Non-Profits

Tuesday, February 10, 3-4:30 pm
Perkins 218

Humanities and social sciences scholars with graduate degrees may find good fits for their research, analysis, writing, grant-writing, and quantitative skills in nonprofit contexts. This panel will feature several successful professionals, some of whom hire Ph.D.s, leveraging their graduate degrees in a variety of nonprofit settings.
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Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel

Careers in Business and Consulting for Social Science and Humanities PhDs

Thursday, February 19, 3-4:30 pm
Perkins 218
This panel discussion features PhDs who have found rewarding professional lives working in business settings or who have started their own businesses. Join us to learn how to translate the skills you’ve developed in pursuing your humanities or social sciences PhD to demonstrate value in the business world.
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Watch on the Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel

Seminars for All Graduate Students and Postdocs

Converting Your CV to a High-Impact Resume

Tuesday, February 3, 9:30-11 am
Rm 143 Jones Bldg
For a career outside of academia you will need to convert your curriculum vitae (CV) into a resume, and this session will show you how. In addition to learning the differences between an academic CV and a resume, you will learn specific steps and strategies to help you craft a resume that effectively promotes your qualifications in a way that appeals to a broad audience.
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Networking: A Tool for Exploring Careers & Building Professional Relationships

Tuesday, March 3, 9:30-11 am
Rm 143 Jones Bldg
In this workshop, participants will learn the keys to tactful networking along with easy-to-use strategies for face-to-face networking, corresponding via email, and the appropriate use of social media.
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Behavior-Based Interviews: What to Expect and How to Prepare

Thursday April 9, 9:30-11 am
Rm 143 Jones Bldg
Are you planning to pursue a non-academic career path? In this workshop, learn how to to prepare for a style of interviewing that is quite different than the academic interview process—from the interview structure to the types of questions asked.
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How to Avoid Self-Sabotage and Win at Salary Negotiations

Tuesday, April 21, 9:30-11 am
Rm 143 Jones Bldg
For most of us, the negotiation process is one of the most stressful parts of the job search. This workshop is a step-by-step guide to navigating the negotiation process.
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Core Competencies

Implicit Bias and Subtle Association

Friday, January 30, 12-2 p.m.
Perkins 217
Dr. Benjamin D. Reese will engage participants in a workshop that considers the impact of implicit bias in their roles as researchers, teachers, and prospective employees. This event is co-sponsored with the Responsible Conduct of Research forums.
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Developing Your Personal Leadership Brand

Monday, February 2, 12-2 p.m.
Perkins 217
Duke alumnus George L. Grody (class of 1981) will teach you how to define who you are to others, draw from your experiences to connect with team members, and effectively use your core values and principles in a leadership role. Learn why you need a brand and what it can do for you.
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Between Stress and Distress

Wednesday, February 4, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Flowers 201

This workshop will provide some useful paradigms to help graduate students understand stress, as well as introduce some skills and practices that help keep stress as a useful source of motivation rather than evolve into disruptive distress.
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Enhancing Your Public Speaking Skills

Wednesday, February 25
Rm. 102, The Graduate School, 2127 Campus Dr.
Enhance your public speaking skills with coaching from Joy Javits, president of In the Public Eye. This workshop gives you tools, not rules and an education, not a critique. Please bring a 2 minute presentation and your questions.

How to Hold a Renovation Conversation

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
If you are like most grad students, you feel at the mercy of your adviser’s opinions, approaches, and "quirks." This seminar shows you a different way of relating to your mentors so that you can build surprisingly great relationships with them.

Developing Your Career Management Plan

Monday, June 1, 2015, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
This program will provide you with a map of how to develop and implement a plan for your career.   More information

 


Ph.D. Career Paths

Careers in Technology for Humanities and Social Science Ph.D.s

Monday, January 26 through Friday, January 30
(Free online panel discussion hosted by The Versatile PhD)
Join a weeklong online discussion featuring humanities and social sciences Ph.D.s or A.B.D.s working in technology careers.
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A Humanities Ph.D.'s Career Path in Arts Management

Friday, February 13, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Join Duke alumna Jenny Woodruff, current education director for the Savannah Music Festival, for a discussion about her career in the arts and education.
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A Humanities Ph.D.'s Career Path in Arts Development and Academic Administration

Friday, February 20, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Join Duke alumna Camille Crittenden, current deputy director for CITRIS (Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society), for a discussion about her career in arts develoment and academic administration.
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Careers in Informal Science Education

Monday, February 23 through Friday, February 27
(Free online panel discussion hosted by The Versatile PhD)
Join a weeklong online discussion featuring STEM Ph.D.s or A.B.D.s working in informal science education careers.
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Alumni lunch: Biological sciences

Tuesday, March 24, 12-1:30 p.m.
Meet distinguished and local alumni over lunch in an informal setting as part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week.
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Alumni lunch: Physical sciences and engineering

Wednesday, March 25, 12-1:30 p.m.
Meet distinguished and local alumni over lunch in an informal setting as part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week.
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Alumni lunch: humanities and social sciences

Thursday, March 26, 12-1:30 p.m.
Meet distinguished and local alumni over lunch in an informal setting as part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week.
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Careers in Marketing for STEM Ph.D.s

Monday, June 8 through Friday, June 12
(Free online panel discussion hosted by The Versatile PhD)
Join a weeklong online discussion featuring STEM Ph.D.s or A.B.D.s working in marketing careers.
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