Workshop Descriptions

Career Workshops

Career development workshops and resume critiques will be available in the Career Center from Saturday, February 15 through Wednesday, February 19. 

Registration is required for the limited number of one-on-one resume critique sessions. Please sign up for these appointments onsite at the meeting beginning Saturday morning, February 15. Appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis, one session per person. Please come prepared to your appointment with resumes, CVs, and any other appropriate materials.

Registration is not required for the workshops; but please arrive on time!

To be presented by Monica J. Weil:

Career Catalyst:  Understand Who You Are to Get What You Want
Sunday, February 16, 10:30AM - 11:30 AM
Monday, February 17, 2:30PM - 3:30PM

Confucius said:   “Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.” Consider investing some time in this updated self-reflection workshop to learn, think and talk about whom you are and what you want.  Truly understanding yourself - your likes/ dislikes, your passions, preferences, and personality quirks – can lead not only to career success but to a happy and fulfilling life. This workshop will provide tools and techniques to help you translate self-reflection into meaningful career choices.


Networking Now: How to Maximize Success at BPS 2014
Saturday, February 15, 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Sunday, February 16, 2:30PM
 - 3:30PM  

You have probably heard that you have to network, network, network to find a job or jump start your career. Meetings and conferences such as BPS 2014 provide many opportunities to network, but capitalizing on these opportunities can sometimes be a challenge.  This highly interactive session will provide networking tips, techniques, strategies and practice to meet that challenge and ensure your success.


The Power of Groups:  How to Help Others Help You Succeed
Tuesday, February 18, 9:30AM - 10:30AM

It doesn’t matter how smart or talented you are, you need help from other people to ensure ongoing success.  To find a job and build a successful career, you of course need to be aware of your personal strengths but you should also understand how others can help you. As Peter Drucker, a management guru puts it:  “The first secret of effectiveness is to understand the people you work with so that you can make use of their strengths.”   This interactive workshop will help you learn how to tap into the individual and collective wisdom present in your groups.


What to Do When You are Tired of Doing What You are Doing: A Unique Interactive Workshop for Experienced Workers 
Tuesday, February 18, 2:30PM - 3:30PM

Do you ever have “one of those days?”   You know, the ones where you look around you and wonder how long you can keep on doing what you’ve always been doing?  And how could you possibly have been doing this for so long?   And what else is out there for you? This facilitated discussion will explore these and similar questions from the audience and then involve the audience in providing career tips and techniques for experienced professionals.  Please come prepared to share experiences and give/get advice. We anticipate a lively discussion about choices and their consequences. 


To be presented by Joseph C. Tringali: 

Beyond the Bench: Preparing for Your Career Transition in the Life Sciences
Sunday, February 16, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Monday, February 17, 11:30AM - 12:30PM

There are numerous alternative career options for the seasoned bench scientist who may have decided to take his/her talents and apply them in a new direction. This transition can be accomplished without having to matriculate in another graduate program, and this session explores the how’s and why’s of making such a transition. Be prepared to talk about the role you are thinking about moving into, why you may have chosen this alternative path, and what successes you may have had thus far.


Selling Yourself to the Life Sciences Industry
Sunday, February 16, 12:00PM - 1:00PM

The industrial employer is looking for a different set of skills and attitudes than either the academic or government employer. Learn what the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries want to hear from potential employees and why. Learn how to develop and best position your marketing message in order to improve the chances of a successful industrial job search.


Ten Tough Industrial Interview Questions (and Ten Pretty Good Responses)
Sunday, February 16, 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Monday, February 17, 4:00PM - 5:00PM

You’ve been invited to interview with that drug development company that you’ve always wanted to work for. You’ve soaked up the details of the position description. You are confident in your ability to do the job, as well as answer any/all technical questions during the interview process. The day is yours…until…that first question catches you by surprise and your confidence begins to wilt. Be prepared for those non-technical questions that you will almost certainly hear at some point, know why they are asked, and learn what a good (if not great) response to each question might be by attending this workshop.


To be presented by Joseph C. Tringali and Monica J. Weil:

Career Open Forum/ Career Q&A Session
Monday, February 17, 10:00AM - 11:00AM

Bring your coffee and start your day with this industry-focused forum, intended to answer any/all of your questions related to your job search.  Space is limited!  This is your opportunity to explore the myths and realities associated with an effective job search. Come with any and all job search-related questions and we’ll do our best to provide answers and guidance.

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