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Program of Study: Career Exploration

Students gain insights from PhDs who have successful careers in industry, non-profits, government, and higher education administration. Watch seminars to explore career options and learn how PhDs leverage their education for success beyond the professoriate.

Career Spotlights

In these one-hour seminars, PhD experts teach students about career fields in both the private and the public sectors. These focused spotlights provide students with the opportunity to explore what it takes to be successful in a specific career. Learning prompts help students apply what they learn to their own job search.

PhD Career Spotlight: Market Research

Students and postdocs will be able to:

• Describe the purpose of market research.

• Translate their academic skills for a market researcher position.

• Recognize the tasks associated with a market research project.

•Determine whether market research is a good career option.

Collette Eccleston, PhD, 
Senior Vice President, Pragmatic Brain Science, Lieberman Research Worldwide

PhD Career Spotlight: Faculty Development

Students and postdocs will be able to:

• Describe the role of a faculty developer and their typical work activities.

• Identify a potential path to this career.

• Assess whether faculty development would be a good career option.

• Identify the required skills for success in the field.

Paul Martin, PhD, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Marquette University
PhD Career Spotlight: Learning Experience Design

Students and postdocs will be able to:

• Define Instructional Design and recognize similar jobs in the educational technology field.

• Describe what Instructional Designers do and locate positions in a variety of industries.

• Identify the transferable skills acquired through their graduate studies.

• Apply strategies to enhance their employable Instructional Design skills.

Chela White-Ramsey, PhD, Global Manager of Training and Communications,
Stitch Fix

How To Build a Career in the Corporate Sector

Students and postdocs will be able to:

• Prepare for a transition into the corporate sector.

• Define start-up and enterprise culture.

• Identify the benefits of starting in an entry-level position.

• Apply four strategies to ensure a successful career transformation.

Josh Magsam, PhD, Director of Community Success, Discogs.com

PhD Career Spotlight: Data Science

Students and postdocs will be able to:

•  Describe what a data scientist does.

•  Identify the transferable skills cultivated during graduate studies.

•  Recognize the main roles of a data scientist.

•  Apply strategies to develop any skills that might currently require strengthening.

Nick Gaylord, PhD, Senior Data Scientist, Womply

PhD Career Spotlight: Ed Tech & Instructional Design

Students and postdocs will be able to:

• Define Instructional Design and recognize similar jobs in the educational technology field.

• Describe what Instructional Designers do and locate positions in a variety of industries.

• Identify the transferable skills acquired through graduate studies.

• Apply strategies to enhance their employable Instructional Design skills.

Kristine Weglarz, PhD, Elearning Manager & Instructional Designer, University of Texas at Dallas

How PhDs Can Transition to Government Work in Canada

Students and postdocs will be able to:

• Define what government policy work entails.

• Promote their relevant transferable skills and experiences.

• Apply strategies to enter the government as an employee.

• Interpret a Government of Canada job advertisement and match their skills to the position.

Andrew Miller, PhDStrategic Leader, City of Mississauga

Science and Business Careers in Industry for STEM PhDs

Students and postdocs will be able to:

• Define product management.

• Identify the skills required for success in product management.

• Create strategies to transition into this career path.

• Determine what positions would be a good fit.

Ryan Raver, PhD, Senior Product Manager, Essen BioScience

PhD Career Spotlight: Marketing

Students and postdocs will be able to:

• Identify marketing methodologies and activities.

• Recognize potential paths to a marketing career.

• Distinguish how marketing is a relevant career for PhDs.

• Apply strategies for pursuing a career in marketing.

Rachel Bennet, PhD, Marketing Consultant
Designing Your Own Career Path in the Private Sector

Students and postdocs will be able to:

• Design their career path in the private sector.

• Apply strategies to map their career journey.

• Focus the job search.

• Define what they want to do and where they want to do it.

David Giltner, PhD, Founder, TurningScience

Project and Program Management Careers for PhDs

Students and postdocs will be able to:

• Define program management and project management, and recognize how they differ.

• Describe the applicable skills acquired through graduate studies.

• Create development or training opportunities to increase their experience in these fields.

• Apply strategies to transition into theses careers.

Sarah Stoeckl, PhD, Senior Project Manager, International Society for Technology in Education

PhD Career Spotlight: Research Administration & Development

Students and postdocs will be able to:

• Define program management and project management, and recognize how they differ.

• Describe the applicable skills acquired through graduate studies.

• Create development or training opportunities to increase their experience in these fields.

• Apply strategies to transition into theses careers.

Sarah Stoeckl, PhD, Senior Project Manager, International Society for Technology in Education

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