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“How to Identify and Leverage Your Transferable Skills“ for STEM Disciplines with Dara Wilson-Grant

Friday, October 28, 2016
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Graduate students and postdocs preparing to compete in the non-academic job market commonly ask, “How do I prove that I am qualified, even though I do not have industry experience?” The key is learning how to translate your graduate education and postdoctoral training into a language that is understood beyond academia. Dara Wilson-Grant will help graduate students and postdocs 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 graduate students and postdocs interested in pursuing careers beyond academia where a heavy emphasis is placed on “soft” skills (e.g., teamwork, communication, leadership).

Workshop size is limited to 25 participants to facilitate small group discussion. Registrants must be graduate students and postdocs in the sciences and engineering (a separate workshop will be held for postdocs and graduate students in the social sciences and humanities on October 26). Because space is limited, please do not register unless you are sure you can attend.

SPEAKER: Dara Wilson-Grant, LPC, Associate Director, UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

This workshop is sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Services and co-sponsored by The Graduate School as part of the Careers Beyond Academia series. Questions? Contact Molly Starback, Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Services, at

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Event Category

  • Professional Development