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How to Identify and Leverage Your Transferable Skills

Thursday, November 8, 2018
9:30 am to 11:30 am

A common question asked by postdocs and graduate students is, “How do I prove that I am qualified for a non-academic job when I don’t have any experience?” The key is learning how to translate your graduate education and postdoctoral training into a language that is understood beyond academia. This workshop will help postdocs and students identify their core strengths and learn specific strategies for communicating their skills and experience to a broad audience via the cover letter and resume. Participants will also gain insight into the skills and personal traits most desired by employers.  This workshop is ideal for postdocs and graduate students interested in pursuing careers beyond academia where a heavy emphasis is placed on “soft” skills (eg, teamwork, communication, leadership).

Class size is limited to 25 participants to facilitate small group discussion. Because space is limited, please do not register unless you are sure you can attend.

Speaker: Dara Wilson-Grant, MSEd, NCC, is Associate Director at UNC Chapel Hill’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and a National Certified Career Counselor. With over fifteen years experience providing professional development education and counseling, Dara’s mission is to help individuals develop a framework for choosing a meaningful and rewarding career path, plus develop the skills necessary for a lifetime of career success.

This event is part of the Careers Beyond Academia series, sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Services, The Graduate School, and the Duke Career Center. Questions? Contact Molly Starback, Director of Postdoc Services, at

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Rm 384 Nanaline Duke Bldg
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Event Category

  • Professional Development
  • Communication
  • Professionalism and Scholarly Integrity
  • Self Awareness