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Program of Study: Career Strategies

Students learn how to launch a successful non-faculty job search. Video seminars are taught by PhD experts working beyond the professoriate. Topics include career exploration, hiring and negotiating, and online job search strategies. Learning prompts will help students apply this new knowledge to their own job search.

Module 1: Introduction to the Job Search

Students and post-docs will be able to identify the phases of a job search and apply strategies to start a career.
Launch Your Non-Faculty Job Search ... Tomorrow

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Recognize the differences between a non-academic and academic job search.

• Distinguish the goals of non-academic and academic employers.

• Re-imagine the concept of life-long careers.

• Apply strategies to prepare for a successful non-academic job search.

Jennifer Polk, PhD, Co-Founder, Beyond the Professoriate

L. Maren Wood, PhD, Co-Founder, Beyond the Professoriate

Moving On: Dealing with the Emotional Aspects of Leaving Academia

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Identify the range of emotions you might experience when you move on from academia.

• Recognize the impact emotions can have on our mental and physical well-being.

• Re-write your transition narrative as a success story.

• Apply strategies to experience positive emotions. research experience.

Hillary Hutchinson, MA, MEd Career Transition Coach and Owner,
Transitioning Your Life.

Stages of the Job Search Process

Students and post-docs will be able to: 

• Identify the stages of the non-academic job search process.  

• Recognize opportunities to nurture professional life.  

• Apply strategies to create writing materials, prepare for job interviews, and effectively negotiate an offer. 

• Build and cultivate a network to explore career options.

Rachel Leventhal-Weiner, PhD, Data Engagement Specialist, Connecticut Data Collaborative

Module 2: Career Exploration

Students and post-docs will be able to identify appropriate career paths according to their skill set and career goals.

How to Use Assessments to Find Your Next Career

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Use assessment instruments including MBTI, MyIDP, ImaginePhD, and CliftonStrengths (StrengthsFinder).

• Identify how assessments can be valuable to career exploration.

• Use assessments to aid their career exploration, networking, and goal setting.

•Apply assessment results to identify career paths of interest, in particular careers beyond academia.

Dan Olson-Bang, PhD,  Director, Office of Professional and Career Development, Graduate School, Syracuse University

How to Make Good Career Decisions After Your PhD or Postdoc

Students and post-docs will be able to: 

• Employ strategies in preparation for making appropriate decisions about their career.

• Articulate their values and priorities.

• Identify activities they find energizing and rewarding. 

• Recognize and be confident in their values.

Jennifer Polk, PhD, Co-Founder, Beyond the Professoriate

Leaveraging Your Graduate Education & Experience to Research Career Options

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Apply thoughtful strategies to your career search.

• Identify key resources for researching career paths.

• Recognize how your graduate training supports your job search.

• Confidently make mindful career decisions based on your values.

Stephanie Warner, PhD, PhD Career Development Specialist, Career Services
University of Calgary

Module 3: Professional Documents

Students and post-docs will be able to create a resume and cover letter, and successfully articulate their skills to employers.

How to Pitch Yourself to Employers

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Recognize and articulate their value to employers.

• Identify transferable skills and core competencies.

• Define and communicate what they do in addition to what they know.

• Communicate how they solve an employer’s problem and meet a company’s objectives.

L. Maren Wood, PhD, Co-Founder, Beyond the Professoriate

Resumes & Cover Letters for PhDs

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Apply strategies to avoid common resume and cover letter mistakes.

• Recognize where the cover letter and resume fit in the hiring process.

• Successfully customize your cover letter and resume for jobs you want.

Brigét Harley, Resume Editor and Coach, Beyond the Professoriate

Module 4: Online Job Search Strategies

Students and post-docs will be able to effectively use social media platforms and apply online strategies to start their career.

How to Use the Internet to Get the Job You Want

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Apply strategies to use the internet intentionally to support the job search.

• Use LinkedIn to optimize their online presence.

• Maintain and secure their online reputation.

• Use research skills to discover non-academic job options.

Heidi Scott Giusto, PhD, Founder, Career Path Writing Solutions

Personal Branding and Social Media for the Job Search

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Use social media to demonstrate their skills to future employers.

• Maximize their engagement on social media platforms and the internet to foster connections.

• Revise their current public image for a non-academic audience.

• Create and communicate an effective professional statement.

Jennifer Polk, PhD, Co-Founder, Beyond the Professoriate

L. Maren Wood, PhD, Co-Founder, Beyond the Professoriate

How PhDs Can Use LinkedIn Effectively During a Job Search

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Stimulate momentum for their career search.

• Revise their LinkedIn profile to connect with their desired community.

• Identify how language can be effective.

• Practice good LinkedIn citizenship.

Anna Marie Trester, PhD, Founder, Career Linguist

Module 5: Networking

Students and post-docs will be able to create and communicate their brand and apply effective networking strategies.

How to Network for Career Success

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Define networking in a variety of circumstances/environments.

• Create achievable goals to build professional networks.

• Identify the people and communities with whom you would like to network.

• Apply effective strategies for successful networking.

Joseph Barber, PhD, Senior Associate Director, Career Services, The University of Pennsylvania

Making the Most of Informational Interviews

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Pursue a profession from an informed perspective.

• Apply informational interview etiquette and compose effective questions.

• Manage common interpersonal concerns.

• Organize the information acquired from the interviews.

Rachel Leventhal-Weiner, PhD, Data Engagement Specialist, Connecticut Data Collaboration

Module 6: Interviewing & Negotiating a Job Offer

Students and post-docs will be able to prepare for and confidently engage in the non-academic interview process.

How to Articulate Your Transition Story in a Non-Academic Interview

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Articulate their transition from academia for non-academic employers.

• Apply effective strategies to describe their reason for leaving academia.

• Identify their motivations for pursuing a career beyond the professoriate.

• Control the narrative during an interview

Heidi Scott Giusto, PhD, Founder, Career Path Writing Solutions

How to Prepare for a Non-Academic Interview

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Identify the goals of a non-academic interview.

• Create an interview strategy.

• Apply the STAR method to frame the narrative.

• Articulate their relevant experiences to emphasize their strengths.

L. Maren Wood, PhD, Co-Founder, Beyond the Professoriate

How to Negotiate & Accept a Non-Academic Job Offer

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Determine what they want and when to walk away.

• Identify what is negotiable.

• Recognize and articulate their value and worth.

• Apply strategies for the negotiating process.

Marquita M. Qualls, PhD, Founder and Principal, Entropia Consulting

Elective Module: Graduate Studies & Career Success

Students and post-docs will be able to use their dissertation, research and teaching experience to prepare for a non-academic career.

Careers in Public Scholarship & Science Communication

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Define science communication and public scholarship.

• Identify career paths in the fields of science communication and public scholarship.

• Apply strategies to cultivate experience in these fields.

• Recognize the applicability of their current transferable skills.

Synatra Smith, PhD, Education Curator, Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center

Swagata Basu, PhD, Science Communications & Marketing Specialist, Inscopix, Inc.

How to Use Your Dissertation to Build Your Non-Academic Career

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Design the dissertation process to instigate a non-academic career.

• Establish a community network through the dissertation process.

• Identify concrete skills acquired through the creation of a dissertation.

• Use their dissertation topic to connect with other industries.

Cathy Hannabach, PhD, President, Ideas on Fire

10 Transferable Skills of Teaching

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Reconsider their teaching experiences and transfer those skills to the job search.

• Explain why teaching experience is their greatest competitive advantage. 

• Identify 10 transferable skills they cultivate when they teach. 

• Consider how to articulate their skills to be competitive for a variety of careers.

Barbi Honeycutt, PhD, Founder, FLIP It Consulting

Elective Module: International Students

Students and post-docs will be able to identify the processes required for immigration and develop job search strategies.

US Immigration Opportunities for PhDs and Postdocs in Challenging Times

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Develop strategies to increase their ability to immigrate.

• Recognize the challenges to immigrating to the United States.

• Determine how immigration law may impact their life.

• Identify the immigration pathways and how they apply to their situation.

Kenneth Stern, Partner, Stern & Curray LLC (Immigration Law)
From Student to Permanent Resident: A PhD's Journey Through Canadian Immigration

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Identify the immigration pathways and the benefits of each.

• Recognize the bureaucratic and financial considerations.

• Assess the rules guiding the immigration process and select the most appropriate permanent residence program.

• Plan their application for permanent residency.

Cassandra Conacher, Immigration Consultant, Newland Chase Canada

Job Searching and Working in North America as an Immigrant

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Identify differences between job searching as an immigrant and as a permanent resident or citizen.

• Recognize the challenges that immigration processes add to a job search.

• Apply effective strategies to a non-academic job search as an immigrant or international student or postdoc.

• Develop a plan for job searching as an immigrant.

Arunodoy Sur, PhD, Technology Licensing Officer, Nova Southeastern University

Yoanne Clovis, PhD, Technical Sales Associate / Marketing Associate, NemaMetrix

Catherine Murari-Kanti, PhD,  Licensing Specialist, UNeMed Corporation

Mohammadreza Rezaee, PhD, CEO, QSpice Labs

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