Fall 2021

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The 2021-22 Careers Beyond Academia Series is co-sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Services and the Graduate School.

Fri Aug 27, 12-12:45 pm

WHAT: What Can I Do with a Graduate Degree? Identifying My Transferable Skills
REGISTER: https://gradschool.duke.edu/student-life/events

This workshop will help you identify the transferable skills you’ve already developed in graduate school or your postdoc experience, brainstorm opportunities to continue growing your skills, and connect with tools to help you plan for further development.


Weds Sept 1, 12-12:45 pm

WHAT: Research Tools for Exploring Your Career Options
REGISTER: https://gradschool.duke.edu/student-life/events

Turn your research acumen to the task of exploring your career options. This workshop will introduce key tools that help you identify potential career alignment opportunities and learn about them in depth. In preparation for this workshop, please register for an account on The Versatile PhD website through Duke’s subscription.


Weds Sept 15, 10-11 am

WHAT: Scientific Communications with PRI Healthcare Solutions
ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85497148548

If you are a postdoc or a student interested in pursuing a career beyond the bench, join this informational recruitment session to learn more about PRI Healthcare Solutions (PRI). PRI encompasses a dynamic group of scientists, clinicians, and pharmacists who work in a collaborative fashion to create and deliver engaging, innovative content for our pharmaceutical and biotech clients. PRI strives to make a difference in patients’ lives and empowers clients. If you have a passion for scientific communication, please join this session to learn more about what PRI has to offer.

Questions? Email Mariane Quadri, Vice President, Scientific Services, at mariane.quadri@prihcs.com


Thurs Sept 16, 12-1 pm

WHAT: What is Management Consulting? An Introduction with the Members of APD Consulting Club

Are you curious about how you can apply your research skills in a consulting career? Join us for this workshop offered in collaboration with the APD Consulting Club (Advanced Professional Degree Consulting Club) to learn about careers in management consulting. In addition to hearing an overview of the sector, participants will have the chance to meet in breakout rooms with PhD students and recent graduate alumni from humanities, social sciences, and STEM disciplines who have succeeded in the hiring process with Big Three firms. Graduate students, postdocs, and recent alumni of The Graduate School are welcome.


Thurs Sept 30, 10-11:30 am

WHAT: Managing Your Research Career Using an Individual Development Plan (IDP)
REGISTER: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6EvHiuluVCZqB02

For better or for worse, your experiences and the training you receive as postdoctoral researchers and graduate students can greatly shape the rest of your career. However, there are strategies and resources that can increase 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 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 Licensed Clinical Mental Health 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. Note that you will not receive credit if you arrive for this event late or leave early. Questions? Email Molly Starback, Director of Duke Postdoctoral Services, at molly.starback@duke.edu, or Hugh Crumley, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, at grad-rcr@duke.edu


Weds Nov 3, 11 am – 12 pm

WHAT: How to Avoid Self-Sabotage and Win at Salary Negotiations
REGISTER: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8dp5QsNTHsT323Y

Let’s face it, for most of us, the negotiation process is one of the most stressful parts of the job search. Not long after the initial excitement of receiving an offer comes panic followed by dread.

  • Do I negotiate for more money and risk seeming pushy or ungrateful?
  • Will I lose this opportunity if I negotiate for too much?
  • What should I ask for?

If one or more of these thoughts swirl through your head when you think about salary negotiations, you are not alone! This workshop is a step-by-step guide to navigating the negotiation process, especially when it comes to managing your emotions.

Speaker: Dara Wilson-Grant is Associate Director of the UNC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and a Licensed Professional Counselor. With over fifteen years experience providing career 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.