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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

How to Set Yourself Up For PhD Job Search Success

Students and post-docs will be able to: 

• Identify values, strengths, and priorities. 

• Articulate a professional statement and maximize their professional brand. 

• Engage on social media and networking platforms. 

• Effectively research career opportunities of interest, identify employers, and maximize their research experience.

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

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

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

Leveraging Your PhD: Identifying Career Paths to Suit You and Your Goals

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Identify and communicate their skills to potential employers.

• Recognize the benefits of their graduate degree.

• Compose specific and realistic goals.

• Maximize their academic skills and promote their value to employers.

Catherine Maybrey, PhD, Career Coach, CM Coaching Services

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

Your Resume and Cover Letter

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Apply current resume writing strategies to turn a cv into a resume.

• Identify elements of a resume and popular resume formats.

• Create effective experience descriptions that include verbs, results, impacts, and achievements.

• Compose a cover letter that stands out to an employer.

Kristine Funch Lodge, PhD, Founder & Coach, IncipitCareer, LLC

Getting Landed: Writing Impact-Based Resumes

Students and post-docs will be able to: 

• Create a resume by incorporating all of the necessary components. 

• Identify the differences between a resume and a cv.

• Recognize the parts of a resume.

• Apply strategies to maximize the impact of their resume.

Chela White-Ramsey, PhD, Chief Career Strategist, ChelaWorks Career Counseling, LLC

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.

Build Your Brand and Your Network

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Define their personal brand and use it to build connections.

• Understand why they need a brand.

• Use branding as a planning strategy.

• Define and communicate their purpose to an external audience.

Jared Wesley, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Alberta

Authentic Networking Strategies for PhD Career Success

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Recognize why networking can be uncomfortable.

• Develop meaningful professional relationships.

• Define authentic networking.

• Articulate their authentic self to others.

Kristy Lamb, PhD, Associate Director, Preprofessional Advising, New York University
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

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

Interviewing with Confidence in a Non-Academic World

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Recognize their interviewing expectations and understand the employer’s goals.

• Assert their agency in the interviewing and hiring process.

• Identify types of non-academic interviews.

• Apply strategies to prepare for a non-academic interview.

Kristine Funch Lodge, PhD, Founder & Coach, IncipitCareer, LLC

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

Module 7: Hiring & Negotiating

Students and post-docs will be able to navigate the non-academic hiring process and negotiate a job offer.

The Hiring Process

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Recognize the stages of the hiring process.

• Identify why employers decide to hire and understand employer considerations.

• Interpret a job description.

• Employ strategies to successfully navigate the hiring process.

Josh Magsam, PhD, Director of Community Success at Discogs 

Understanding & Navigating Hiring in Today's Economy

Students and post-docs will be able to:

• Employ strategies to successfully participate in current workforce trends.

• Identify types of non-traditional work.

• Recognize why hiring practices have changed.

• Proactively manage their career activities

Catherine Maybrey, PhD, Career Coach, CM Coaching Services

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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