Fall 2018

The 2018-19  Careers Beyond Academia Series is co-sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Services, The Graduate School, and the Career Center.


Tues Aug 28, 11:45 am-1 pm (repeats Thurs Oct 11, 12–1:30 pm in Brodhead Ctr, Rm 068)

WHAT: Job and Internship Search Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs
WHERE: Environment Hall 2102
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://tinyurl.com/10-11-Workshop

Make the most of your time and energy when searching for a job or internship. Learn how to identify your skills, plan a targeted search, conduct informational interviews and build a job and internship search plan that works for YOU. Leave with resources for where and how to search for opportunities and clear next steps to take in your process.


Weds Aug 29, 12:15-1:30 pm

WHAT: Postdoc and Grad Student Lunch & Learn: Careers in Science Communication and Outreach
WHERE:   Rm 232 North Bldg  (pizza served beginning at 12:15 pm)
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2018SciComm

Jory Weintraub, PhD, is the Science Communication Program Director and a Senior Lecturing Fellow with the Duke Initiative for Science & Society. In this position, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in science communication and runs science communication workshops for Duke faculty and postdocs. Prior to this, he served for over 10 years as the Assistant Director of Education and Outreach at NESCent (The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center), where he developed and ran programs in evolution education/outreach for K-12 students and teachers, undergraduates, and the general public. Before coming to NESCent, Jory taught undergraduate biology courses at UNC-Chapel Hill and ran science outreach programs for underrepresented minority students.

Jory received his BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from The University of California at San Diego, and his PhD in Immunology from UNC-Chapel Hill. After completing his graduate studies, he completed an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in STEM Education. His work focuses on minority outreach, science communication/education/outreach, and faculty development.

Jory will talk about what the field of science communication/outreach is like and types of jobs that are typically available. He will also give tips on applying for these types of jobs, and give postdocs advice on how to build their resumes and get their foot in the door for science/communication/outreach positions.

This will be a small, informal lunch discussion, so bring your questions!

Questions? Contact Molly Starback, Director of Duke Postdoc Services, at molly.starback@duke.edu .


Tues Sept 4, 11:45 am-1 pm (repeats Weds Oct 17, 10–11:30 am in Brodhead Ctr,  Rm 303)

WHAT: Networking Can Be Awkward but You Don’t Have to Be! A Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs
WHERE: Environment Hall 2102
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://tinyurl.com/10-17-Workshop

We’ve all heard that networking in essential for your career but many of us find it awkward and aren’t sure how to do it effectively. In this session, you’ll learn strategies for approaching networking events (ranging from academic conferences to industry events) and practice the actual conversations you might have in those settings. We’ll also teach you about the best ways to conduct outreach meetings and how to maintain your professional relationships over time.


Tues Sept 11, 9:30-10:30 am

WHAT: “Creating a Resume that Stands Out in a Crowd” with Stacy Schnieber, Vice President of People and Culture, Camargo Pharmaceutical Services
WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Bldg
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2018Stands

Research has shown that recruiters, on average, spend 6.25 seconds reviewing a resume. Scary, right? So how can you ensure that your resume gets to the top of the pile? By building one that is organized, tailored, skill-based and visually pleasing. This workshop will provide you a framework for getting started, converting a CV to an industry resume, and ways to increase your likelihood of getting that initial phone screen or interview.

Key Takeaways:
• Characteristics of an effective resume
• How to transition your CV to an industry resume
• Importance of knowing your audience
• Making connections with current employees
• Follow-up – what happens after you apply

Speaker: Camargo Pharmaceutical Services is a global strategist providing comprehensive drug development services specialized for the 505(b)(2) approval pathway and global equivalent processes. Stacy Schnieber brings more than eighteen years of experience in Human Resources to Camargo, where she works as Vice President of People and Culture. She draws on diverse industry experiences in both large and small organizations, including Staples, Communicare Health Services, and Trak Group executive search firm.


Tues Sept 11, 11:45 am-1 pm (repeats Weds Oct 24, 1–2:30 pm in Brodhead Ctr, Rm 303)

WHAT: Cover Letter Writing for Graduate Students and Postdocs
WHERE: Environment Hall 2102
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://tinyurl.com/10-24-Workshop

Cover letters are very common in the U.S. and provide you with an opportunity to convey your interest in a position and how you can contribute to the organization’s success. In this session, you’ll discover what employers are really looking for, how to analyze a job description and create a persuasive cover letter. Please bring a laptop in order to create or polish up your draft and get feedback.


Weds Sept 12, 6-7:30 pm To be rescheduled

WHAT: Date Night with Data: Exploring Careers in Data Analytics & Data Science
WHERE: Duke University Career Center, Smith Warehouse -114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Bay 5 South, 2nd Floor
REGISTER: Students may register at Career Connections. Postdocs may attend without registering.

The University Career Center is hosting a new event this fall for all students and postdocs, Date Night with Data: Exploring Careers in Data Analytics & Data Science. Employers across all industries with data science and/or data analytics positions are attending, including Roivant Sciences, Deloitte, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Earnest Research, Wellington Management Company, IQVIA, SAS, Icimo, Opera Solutions LLC, K4Connect.

Over the past few years, data analytics and data science have consistently ranked as one of the top careers. Employers across every industry are creating and recruiting for these types of roles, and they want to meet you. This multi-company networking event will provide you with a great opportunity to talk with employers to learn more about data analytics and data science within their organization as well as trends in the industry. Attend this event to talk with representatives, learn about available and future job opportunities, and share your resume.


Mon Sept 17, 12-1:30 pm To be rescheduled

WHAT: Teaching Ideas Workshop: Take Your Teaching Skills Anywhere
WHERE: Rubenstein Library, Room 249 (lunch provided)
REGISTER: https://gradschool.duke.edu/professional-development/programs/teaching-ideas-series/2018-2019-teaching-ideas-series-0

How can you capitalize on the skills you’ve developed through the many hours you’ve devoted to teaching? These skills can help you position yourself for success in industry, government, nonprofit, or academic careers beyond faculty positions. In this interactive workshop, Dr. Melissa Bostrom, assistant dean for graduate student professional development, will discuss how our teaching experiences are an ideal way to help potential employers understand the crucial skills we’ve learned in graduate school—skills that are transferable to careers beyond a university setting. Lunch will be provided.


Weds Sept 19, 10-11:30 am (repeats Tues Nov 6, 12–1:30 pm in Brodhead Ctr, Rm 303)

WHAT: Preparing for Career Fairs and Employer Events: A Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs
WHERE: Brodhead Center, Rm 068
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://tinyurl.com/11-6-Workshop

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.


Weds Sept 19, 12-1:30 pm

WHAT: Developing Your Personal Leadership Brand
WHERE: Holst-Anderson Family Assembly Room, Rubenstein Library, rm 153 (lunch provided)
REGISTER: https://gradschool.duke.edu/student-life/events/developing-your-personal-leadership-brand-0

If you start out on a journey without a destination or a map, don’t be surprised if you end up in places you didn’t want to be.  In this workshop, you will learn how to determine your destination and create your map by defining your purpose, values and principles through development of a Leadership Brand.  Besides providing you with a “life compass,” this will differentiate you from others and allow you to present yourself in a consistent manner to everyone with whom you interact and lead.  Learn why you need a Leadership Brand and what it can do for you.

Speaker: Duke alumnus George L. Grody (class of 1981) spent 26 years at Procter & Gamble in Sales, Marketing, and General Management across the globe. His last assignment prior to retiring was as Director for Global Strategic Alliances, which entailed working with other companies and governments on co-technology and co-marketing deals. He’s been teaching in the Markets & Management Studies program at Duke University since 2008.


Tues Sept 25, 11:45 am-1 pm

WHAT: Interview Practice for Graduate Students and Postdocs
WHERE: Environment Hall 2102
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://tinyurl.com/9-25-Workshop

Whether conducted in-person, virtually or via phone, interviews are a time to tell your story while clearly conveying your skills, interest and overall fit for a specific position and organization. In this session, you will learn useful strategies to prepare responses and practice answering some of the most common behavioral interview questions while receiving constructive feedback. You do not have to have an upcoming interview to attend this workshop but please bring along a description of an opportunity (job, internship, fellowship, etc.) that you’d like to get some practice interviewing for.


Tues Oct 2, 9:30-10:30 am

WHAT: Articulating Your Accomplishments: Tips for Building a High-Impact Job Application
WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Bldg
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/ArticulatingAccomplishments

When you sit down to write your resume, you probably spend a great deal of time thinking about how to translate your research into accomplishments that will be read by hiring managers. Simply stating that you served as a committee leader—or that you researched a given topic—doesn’t convey the full impact and depth of your accomplishments. This workshop will provide you with a step-by-step guide to articulating your achievements, as well as a step-by-step framework for tailoring your resume to a specific job announcement. We will also briefly discuss cover letters. Participants will walk away feeling confident that they can create a high-impact job application for any position they choose to apply for.

Speaker: Tammy Collins, PhD, Director, NIEHS Office of Fellows’ Career Development


Tues Oct 2, 11:45 am-1 pm

WHAT: Small Talk Practice for Graduate Students and Postdocs
WHERE: Environment Hall 2102
REGISTER: Graduate students register at Career Connections; postdocs register at https://tinyurl.com/Small-Talk-Workshop

Making small talk is an essential skill that is important for your professional and personal life. Events like conferences, department gatherings, industry sessions and other social situations may require you to be adept at this. It is even important during the interview process. If small talk makes you nervous or you’re unsure what to talk about, come to this interactive workshop where you can practice topics to discuss, strategies for approaching people, entering/exiting conversations gracefully and how to follow-up with people afterwards.


Thurs Oct 4, 9:30-11:30 am

WHAT: Managing Your Research Career Using an Individual Development Plan (IDP)
WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Bldg
REGISTER: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cMGI1iYinYTbE33

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.


Tues Oct 16, 9:30-10:30 am

WHAT: “Leave a Lasting Impression: Interviewing Tips & Tricks from a Recovering Recruiter” with Stacy Schnieber, Vice President of People and Culture, Camargo Pharmaceutical Services
WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Bldg
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2018Lasting

Preparing for an interview can be exhausting, even for the most seasoned professional.  It takes a lot more than practicing standard interview questions you may find from a quick Google search!  From researching the job and company, to making that first great impression, this session will give you insider information from a veteran HR professional. Come prepared to learn about connecting with the interviewer, answering interview questions and general etiquette.  You’ll leave armed with the confidence to ace that next interview!

Speaker: Camargo Pharmaceutical Services is a global strategist providing comprehensive drug development services specialized for the 505(b)(2) approval pathway and global equivalent processes. Stacy Schnieber brings more than eighteen years of experience in Human Resources to Camargo, where she works as Vice President of People and Culture. She draws on diverse industry experiences in both large and small organizations, including Staples, Communicare Health Services, and Trak Group executive search firm.


Thurs Oct 25, 9:30-11:30 am

WHAT: Finding the Right Fit: How to Choose a Rewarding Career
WHERE: Rm 384 Nanaline Duke Bldg
WHO: Class size is limited to 25 participants to facilitate small group discussion. Because space is limited, please do not register unless you are sure you can attend. Those who register but fail to attend will have a $100 course fee assessed to their faculty mentor.
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2018Fit

This workshop will help postdocs understand what makes a career the right or wrong fit, and provide them with a framework for choosing a rewarding career path. Through a series of self-assessments and small group activities, participants will have an opportunity to identify and explore key factors that contribute to career satisfaction. This is an ideal workshop for postdocs and graduate students who are contemplating a career change or looking to further clarify their career direction.

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 fifteen years experience providing professional development 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.


Thurs Nov 8, 9:30-11:30 am

WHAT: How to Identify and Leverage Your Transferable Skills
WHERE: Rm 384 Nanaline Duke Bldg
WHO: Class size is limited to 25 participants to facilitate small group discussion. Because space is limited, please do not register unless you are sure you can attend. Those who register but fail to attend will have a $100 course fee assessed to their faculty mentor.
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2018Skills

A common question asked by postdocs and graduate students is, “How do I prove that I am qualified for a non-academic job when I don’t have any experience?” The key is learning how to translate your graduate education and postdoctoral training into a language that is understood beyond academia. This workshop 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 (eg, teamwork, communication, leadership).

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 fifteen years experience providing professional development 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.