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How to Identify and Leverage Your Transferable Skills (STEM)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
9:30 am to 11:30 am

A common question asked by postdocs and graduate students preparing to compete in the nonacademic job market is, “How do I prove that I am qualified, even though I do not have direct industry experience?” The key is learning how to translate your graduate education and postdoctoral training into a language that is understood beyond academia. On Tuesday, September 23, Dara Wilson-Grant 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 résumé. 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 such as teamwork, communication, leadership.

Registrants must be graduate students, postdoctoral associates, or postdoctoral scholars in the sciences and engineering (a separate workshop will be held for students and postdocs in the social sciences and humanities). Because the class is limited to 25 participants, please do not register unless you are sure you can attend.

About the 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 15 years experience providing professional development education and counseling, Wilson-Grant's mission is to help individuals develop a framework for choosing a meaningful and rewarding career path, as well as develop the skills necessary for a lifetime of career success.


Location provided upon registration

Event Category

  • Professional Development