Spring 2020

 

The 2019-20  Careers Beyond Academia Series is co-sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Services, The Graduate School, and the Career Center.


Weds Jan 15, 11:30-12:30 pm 

WHAT: Exploring Careers in Cyber Security with Fannie Mitchell Expert in Residence Brian Vecci
WHERE: Broadhead Center rm 068
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/rrou4cq

Join Brian Vecci, Field CTO at Varonis, as he shares insights into the field of cybersecurity, including how it impacts and intersects with multiple disciplines such as computer science, engineering, economics, finance, and data science. As Field CTO at Varonis, Brian supports a wide range of security and technology initiatives by helping Varonis’ customers and partner get the most out of the company’s products. In his 20-year technical career, Brian served as a developer, tech architect, engineer and product manager for companies in financial services, legal, and cybersecurity. Brian joined Varonis in 2010 in technical marketing, led education and development, and now serves as the company’s Field CTO. He holds a CISSP certification and frequently speaks on topics related to security and technology.


Thurs Jan 16, 12-1:30 pm 

WHAT: Preparing for Career Fairs and Employer Events: A Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs
WHERE: Broadhead Center rm 068
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://tinyurl.com/ujm93ob

Career fairs and other types of employer events are great opportunities to connect with recruiters or hiring managers, explore career opportunities and practice your communication and networking skills. Preparation is key in order to have a successful experience. This interactive session will focus on the strategies and tools you can incorporate in order to prepare for these events and stand out as a candidate.


Tues Jan 21, 9:30-10:30 am 

WHAT: Whitsell Innovations Medical Writing Internship Session: “The Scope of Medical Communications”
WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Bldg
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/Spring2020Whitsell

Wondering what to do if the bench isn’t for you?  Medical/Scientific Writing is one of the fastest-growing careers for PhDs in the sciences – would you like a PAID, part-time internship to introduce you to this field? If so, please join us to learn about potential careers and a paid internship in medical and scientific communication.

Whitsell Innovations (https://www.whitsellinnovations.com/) is a certified woman-owned, full-service medical and scientific writing company headquartered in Chapel Hill NC with writers in 11 US states. Rebekah Fleming, PhD (former Duke postdoc) and Chantelle Rein-Smith, PhD (former UNC postdoc) will speak on “The Scope of Medical Communications.” The presentation will provide an overview of careers for PhDs who are interested in combining their scientific acumen and writing skills. She will address medical writing for pharmaceutical, biotech, and device companies, including the documentation required for submissions to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during the pre-clinical and clinical development process. She will also address how industry clients use medical writers to share clinical data in manuscripts, training materials, and presentations.

Drs Fleming and Rein-Smith will also discuss the WI Internship Program (https://www.whitsellinnovations.com/careers/). Now in its 9th year, this opportunity is an 18-month, part-time, paid internship available to researchers who are interested in a career in medical writing.


Tues Jan 21, 2-3:30 pm 

WHAT: Job Application Materials Lab
WHERE: Physics Building rm 150
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://tinyurl.com/weqkhva

In this hands-on lab, you will have the opportunity to work on common job application materials such as a resume, CV, cover letter, and/or statements. You will receive tips, examples, and feedback in order to enhance your documents during the session. This will be useful for any type of career industry you are considering. Please bring a laptop so that you can make edits directly to your documents and leave with more polished job application materials.


Weds Jan 22, 10-3 pm 

WHAT: TechConnect 2020: Connecting Researchers with Industry
WHERE: Penn Pavilion

TechConnect, an event hosted by the Duke University Department of Computer Science, Pratt School of Engineering, and Career Center, brings students and employers together for networking and education. Each year, employers connect with Engineering and Computer Science students and postdocs in an open, dynamic networking environment. Come prepared with resumes to meet industry and tech representatives to learn about employment opportunities available, the characteristics employers seek, as well as a realistic and insightful view of the job market and career paths for PhDs interested in engineering and technical careers.

For more information: https://www2.cs.duke.edu/techconnect/


Thurs Jan 23, 10-3 pm 

WHAT: Spring Career Fair
WHERE: Penn Pavilion

Meet representatives from over 60 companies from a wide variety of industries. View the list of employers attending and filter by degree sought and sponsorship availability at http://career.dukechronicle.com/profiles. Professional dress encouraged; bring copies of your résumé. No registration required.


Fri Jan 24, 12-1:30 pm 

WHAT:  Keep Calm and Search for a Job: A Workshop
WHERE: Brodhead Center, 068 Multipurpose Room
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs may attend without registering.

In this workshop, learn techniques for managing stress and how to apply those techniques throughout the job search process.

Speaker: Aisha Woods Zarb-Cousin is a psychology intern at Duke’s Counseling and Psychological Services in Student Wellness. She recently completed all academic requirements for her Doctorate of Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX. She is a United States Air Force veteran, having served during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She has been an adjunct instructor at several colleges and universities in Texas, teaching a number of psychology courses, as well as co-owned and co-operated a successful private psychotherapy practice for a number of years, dedicated to serving a vast array of clients to include, but not limited to, adolescents, people of color, at-risk youth, LGBTQIA people, and foster families.


Weds Jan 29, 10-11:30 am 

WHAT: Successfully Negotiating Job Offers: A Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs
WHERE: Brodhead Center, 068 Multipurpose Room
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://tinyurl.com/vz7qs62

Learn how to evaluate and negotiate your future job offers with success! We will practice how to communicate your value, learn strategies for figuring out salary and benefit options, and role-play scenarios using effective responses. The techniques learned in this workshop will be useful for any type of career industry you are considering.


Tues Feb 4, 10-11:30 am 

WHAT: Networking Can Be Awkward but You Don’t Have to Be! A Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs
WHERE: Brodhead Center, 068 Multipurpose Room
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://tinyurl.com/tnfodsz

We have all heard that networking is essential for your career, but many of us feel awkward and aren’t sure how to go about it effectively. If networking makes you nervous, come to this interactive workshop where you will get to practice networking techniques and learn strategies to help you become more successful. We will also practice using online tools to make contact with new people and maintain your relationships over time. Please bring a laptop or smart device to make the most of this workshop.


Thurs Feb 13, 12-1:30 pm 

WHAT: Job and Internship Search Strategies
WHERE: Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity, Bryan Center, Rm 100
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://tinyurl.com/tscsvuo

Searching for a job or internship can be overwhelming, especially when you’re unsure of what the steps in the process look like. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to identify the types of positions you’re interested in, prioritize your search and create a targeted plan for outreach. You’ll leave this session with resources on how to look for jobs or internships and clear next steps. Please bring a laptop or smart device to make the most of this workshop.


Weds Feb 19, 2-3:30 pm 

WHAT: Interview Practice: A Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs
WHERE: Brodhead Center, 303 Tower Room
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://tinyurl.com/smpakrz

Whether conducted in-person, virtually, or via phone, interviews are an opportunity to tell your story while clearly conveying your skills, interest and overall fit for a specific position and organization. In this workshop, you will learn useful strategies to prepare strong responses and also practice answering some of the most common behavioral-style interview questions.


Tues Feb 25, 9:30-11 am

WHAT: Managing Your Research Career Using an Individual Development Plan (IDP)
WHEN:  (light breakfast and coffee provided)
WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Bldg
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/Spring2020RCRIDP

For better or for worse, your experiences and the training you receive as graduate students and postdoctoral researchers can greatly impact and shape the rest of your career. However, there are strategies and resources that can enhance your chances of getting what you came for. During this program participants will learn how to develop clear and specific goals and objectives, along with a plan for executing them. Topics covered include:

  • The importance of setting goals and developing an IDP
  • Introduction to the SMART goals model
  • Resources for crafting and executing your IDP
  • Strategies for establishing expectations and effectively communicating research and career goals with your mentor/PI

Speaker: Dara Wilson-Grant is the Associate Director at the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and a National Certified Career Counselor. With over fifteen years experience providing career management 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.

NOTE: This seminar provides Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) credit. Duke postdoctoral appointees are required to have yearly RCR training, as outlined at http://ors.duke.edu/orsmanual/rcr-postdoctoral-researchers.


Tues Feb 25, 12-1:30 pm 

WHAT: Finding Your Fit: How to Explore Career Options with Your Graduate Degree
WHERE: Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity, Bryan Center, Rm 100
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://tinyurl.com/tnvp9yw

Feeling overwhelmed by the idea of choosing a career after graduation or following your postdoctoral appointment? Learn how to design an effective method for exploring, evaluating and deciding on the next steps in your career. No matter where you are in the career decision-making process, this workshop can help you!


Weds Feb 26, 12-1:30 pm

WHAT: 2020 PhD & Master’s Virtual Career Fair
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/rjmr49a

Postdocs, graduate students, and alumni from select institutions are invited to chat online with employers including BASF, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships, CDC, BD (Becton, Dickinson & Co) and more. You can upload your resume, browse job openings, chat with employers, and attend the fair from anywhere!

Comments from past participants:

  • “Less pressure and surprisingly, less awkwardness than a real-life career fair.”
  • “Great and easy way to talk to people from organizations that are hiring.”

Sponsored by the Graduate Career Consortium, whose members include Duke, UNC, NCSU, Vanderbilt, Cornell, Harvard, and NYU. For more information: https://tinyurl.com/rjmr49a


Weds Mar 4, 10-11:30 am 

WHAT: Polishing Your Online Presence: A Hands-on Lab for Graduate Students and Postdocs
WHERE: Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity, Bryan Center, Rm 100
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://tinyurl.com/v22oky6

Online tools such as LinkedIn, portfolios or personal websites can be useful opportunities to promote yourself. If you would like assistance creating or polishing your online presence then join us during this hands-on “lab” where you can look at samples, receive tips and get immediate feedback. Please bring a laptop or smart device to work and make edits.