I am facilitating 6 career workshops just for graduate students (postdocs welcome!) this fall. Topics include faculty interviews and exploring non-academic career interests. Up-to-date details are below and I am happy to field questions about any of the events. A complete listing of all Career Center programming can be found on our website at http://careers.uw.edu/Calendar.
The Career Center
University of Washington
134 Mary Gates Hall<http://www.washington.edu/home/maps/northcentral.html?mgh>, Box 352810, Seattle, WA 98195
How to Find a Job in Industry for Science & Engineering PhDs
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 4:30-5:30pm, PAA A110
From medical device companies to research institutes, what are the strategies that will help you land a job? In this workshop we will cover effective job search strategies and industry-specific resources. Attendees will leave with customized job search plans and the know-how to get started looking for jobs. This workshop is for graduate students and postdocs. No registration required. A similar workshop for humanities and social science PhDs is scheduled for Spring 2016.
Academic Careers: Interviews
Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 3:30-5:00pm, CMU 230
Interviewing skills are essential for landing a faculty job. Academic interviews are different than other types of interviews. Come learn about faculty interviewing basics, tips for handling different types of interview scenarios, and suggestions for interview follow-up. Participants will also have time to begin crafting interview answers to common questions. No registration required.
Academic Careers: Job Talks
Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 3:30-4:30pm, THO 134
The job talk, also known as the research presentation, is a very important part of the faculty interview process. Advanced preparation is a must to avoid unnecessary scrambling after you’re invited to interview. Come learn the what, why, who, and how of effective job talks. No registration required.
Mapping Past Experiences for Future Career Ideas
Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 3:30-5:00pm, Location TBD
Considering alternative career options? Wondering how to generate some new career ideas? In this workshop we will use a mind-mapping tool to explore possibilities, identify themes and plan next steps. Bring a pen/pencil. All other materials provided and zero artistic ability needed. This workshop is for graduate students and postdocs. No registration required.
Identifying Transferable Skills from PhD Work
Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 3:30-5:00pm, Location TBD
PhD work yields lots of “transferable” skills-skills that apply to jobs outside of academia. If you ever wonder “so what are my transferable skills and how do I apply them?” join us for this workshop. We will be mining PhD work (research, teaching, administrative service, etc.) to isolate transferable skills and gathering evidence to support them. You’ll have an opportunity to cross-check your skills with actual job postings and leave with a personalized list of your transferable skills. This workshop is for graduate students and postdocs. No registration required.
Building a Sustainable Career Exploration Plan
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 3:30-5:00pm, Location TBD
Think you should be exploring career options but really don’t have much/any time to do it? Join us for a workshop in building and executing a sustainable career exploration plan-one that leaves open the door for real life stuff. We’ll cover shrinking down career decisions, adding fun, and anticipating ups and downs when exploring career options. You will also receive specific career exploration resources and tools. This workshop is targeted to graduate students and postdocs. No registration required.