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 Friday, October 17, 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 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 such as teamwork, communication, leadership.
Registrants must be graduate students, postdoctoral associates, or postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences (a separate workshop will be held for students and postdocs in the sciences and engineering). 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.
Location217 Perkins Library, Duke West Campus Map
- Professional Development