Career Workshops

Career development workshops and resume critiques will be available in the Career Center from Saturday, February 11 through Tuesday, February 14. Joe Tringali and Andrew Green will lead workshops throughout the meeting and will also provide one-on-one career counseling. 
Registration is required for the limited number of one-on-one career counseling sessions. Please sign up for these appointments onsite at the meeting beginning Saturday morning, February 11. These signups are 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 show up on time!

Networking: Optimizing your Time at BPS 2017
Presented by Joe Tringali
Saturday, February 11, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, Febryary 12, 12:00 PM - 1:00 Pm

You surely have heard that networking is a key component of the successful job search. The term itself often conjures up negative thoughts and reactions to the uninitiated, sometimes to the point of paralysis. Professional conferences (such as BPS 2017) provide endless networking opportunities. If, however, your perception of networking means tackling someone at the coffee station while thrusting your CV in his/her hands, you may want to stop in on this session. The practice of networking has become so much easier with the advent of the internet. We will discuss what hope to get out of your presence at the meeting, how to set objectives beforehand, and how to meet those objective once you arrive (while minimizing anxiety).


Selling Yourself to the Life Sciences Industry
Presented by Joe Tringali
Sunday, February 12, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Tuesday, February 14, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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.


Looking Beyond Academia: Identifying Your Career Options using MyIDP, LinkedIn & More
Presented by Andrew Green
Sunday, February 12, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Tuesday, February 14, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Not sure where your professional future lies or how to approach the process in an organized and strategic manner? This presentation provides a framework and resources for moving forward with confidence towards the next step in your professional future. In addition, it will provide specific examples of how to build out your knowledge of a new potential career field and forge valuable connections that can facilitate a successful transition.


Demystifying the Academic Job Search I: Understanding the Search Process from the Perspective of Search Committees and Decoding Job Announcements.
Presented by Andrew Green
Sunday, February 12, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

What do search committees look for? Are postdocs always essential? What is really going on behind that curtain, and how does is impact my candidacy? Answers to these and other questions presented by Andrew Green, a veteran of the academic job search and numerous search committees.


Ten Tough Industrial Interview Questions (and Ten Pretty Good Responses)
Presented by Joe Tringali
Sunday, February 12, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday, February 13, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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.

Demystifying the Academic Job Search II: Preparing your Written Application Materials: CV, Cover Letter, and Research Statement
Presented by Andrew Green
Monday, February 13, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Tuesday, February 14, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Your written application materials are typically the only information a search committee will have before them as they make the vast majority of cuts. Learn how to craft credentials that speak clearly and powerfully on your behalf, and help committees understand the potential contribution you have to offer.


Beyond the Bench: Preparing for Your Career Transition in the Life Sciences
Presented by Joe Tringali
Monday, February 13, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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.

The Strategic Postdoc: How to Find & Leverage Your Postdoc Experience
Presented by Andrew Green
Monday, February 13, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Many PhDs just kind of fall in to a postdoc, rather than thinking about it from a strategic perspective. Your postdoc is never an end in itself; rather it’s a means to another end whether that goal is a faculty position at a research university, a small college, or perhaps a job in industry or government. Learn how to find postdoc opportunities that will best prepare you for that next step, and how to use your postdoc experience to facilitate the transition to your next position.