Spring 2018

The 2017-18  Careers Beyond Academia Series is co-sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Services, The Graduate School, and the Career Center.



Science and Engineering Seminars

Rescheduled: Tues Jan 23, 9:30-11 am

WHAT: Whitsell Innovations Medical Writing Internship Session: “The Scope of Medical Communications”
WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Bldg (light breakfast and coffee provided)
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/Spring2018Whitsell

Thinking about your career after completing your PhD or postdoc? Wondering what to do if the bench isn’t for you? If so, please join us to learn about potential careers and a paid internship in medical and scientific communication.

Whitsell Innovations is a certified woman-owned, full-service medical and scientific writing company headquartered in Chapel Hill NC with writers in 11 US states. Robin Whitsell, Founder and President of WI, 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. Ms. Whitsell will also discuss the WI Internship Program. Now in its 7th year, this opportunity is an 18-month, part-time, paid internship available to researchers who are interested in a career in medical writing.

The presentation will take place from 9:30-10:30 am, followed by Q&A.

Humanities and Social Sciences Seminars


Seminars for All Postdocs and Graduate Students

Tues Feb 27, 9:30-11:30 am

WHAT: Managing Your Research Career Using an Individual Development Plan (IDP)
WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Bldg

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, LPC 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 Forum provides Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) credit. Duke postdocs are required to take yearly RCR training as outlined at http://ors.duke.edu/orsmanual/rcr-postdoctoral-researchers. If you are a Postdoctoral Associate or Postdoctoral Scholar and have attended either the day-long Postdoctoral RCR Forum or the 5-part Trent Center RCR Course, you are thereafter required to attend one RCR Forum (such as this one) every subsequent year of your postdoctoral training.

Thurs Mar 1, 1:30-3pm

WHAT: Converting a CV to a Resume Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs
WHERE: Brodhead Center – 068 Multipurpose Room

Non-academic employers typically request that applicants provide a focused 1-2 page resume instead of a more exhaustive CV. What are the essential accomplishments to include in a resume? How do you identify the relevant qualifications that highlight the best of what you have to offer? In this workshop you’ll learn how to convert your CV into a focused, tailored resume that creates a compelling depiction of your significant skills and experiences. You’ll discover the differences between a resume and CV while gaining knowledge about how to demonstrate a strong professional presence. Postdocs may attend the event without registering.

Thurs Mar 8, 9:30-11 am

WHAT: “Interviewing in the Real World: What to Expect and How to Prepare” with Dara Wilson Grant
WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Bldg
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/Spring2018RealWorld

Are you planning to pursue a non-academic career path? If so, you will need to prepare for a style of interviewing that is quite different than the academic interview process – from the interview structure to the types of questions asked. Special attention will be given to a common HR/industry method of interviewing called behavior-based interviewing.

SPEAKER: Dara Wilson-Grant, LPC, Associate Director, UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Tues Mar 13, 9:30-11 am

WHAT: “How to Avoid Self-Sabotage and Win at Salary Negotiations” with Dara Wilson Grant
WHERE: Rm 143 Jones Bldg
REGISTER: https://tinyurl.com/Spring2018Salary

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, LPC, Associate Director, UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Postdoctoral Affairs