Wherever You Go, There You Are: Self-Reflection as a Career Tool
10:30- 11:30 AM, Sunday, February 26, 2:30 - 3:30 PM Tuesday, February 28
Your career and your life choices start with you; a painfully obvious statement, but one that we often overlook. Truly understanding yourself - your likes/ dislikes, your passions, preferences, and personality quirks – will lead not only to career success but to a fulfilling life. This workshop will give you some of the tools and techniques that can be used to translate self-reflection into meaningful career choices regardless of where you are in your career.
Networking for Those Who Hate to Network
2:30 - 3:30 PM, Sunday, February 26, 9:30 - 10:30 AM Tuesday, February 28
Does the thought of networking make your blood run cold? Do you cower in a corner at networking events, afraid to make contact but frustrated because you know that you should be doing something? Or are you OK with the social aspect of networking, but just don’t know what to do afterwards? By now, you probably know that you have to network, network, network to find a job or jump start any kind of career. It doesn’t matter how smart or talented you are, you need help from other people to truly achieve your personal definition of success. This session will provide networking tips, strategies and opportunities to put these ideas into actions.
Ageism in the Workplace: Myths and Realities for Older Workers
10:00 - 11:00 AM, Monday, February 27
The recent recession has clearly impacted workers in their 40s, 50s and 60s, whether or not they are actively looking for a job. Unplanned-for-events abound: funding is lost, jobs are eliminated, dissatisfaction starts to creep in – and you find yourself thinking about where to go from here. The good news is that with better health and a longer life, you have many more choices than you did when you were trying to decide on that first job; the bad news is that there are many more complicating factors to deal with. This interactive workshop will explore the workplace myths and realities for older workers and will also involve the workshop participants in a lively discussion about choices and their consequences.
The Cultural Challenge: How to Navigate the Nuances
2:30 - 3:30 PM, Monday, February 27
Looking for work in a foreign land can be a challenge, regardless of where you are in your career. We may know intuitively that there are ground rules or ways of operating in this alien culture in which we are trying to work but we are just not clear what they are. This workshop, while not giving you all the answers, will provide a map and a thought process for navigating the nuances of culture as they relate to your job search and your career.
Beyond the Bench: Preparing for Your Career Transition in
the Life Sciences
9:00 - 10:00 AM, Sunday, February 26, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Monday, February 27
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
12:00 - 1:00 PM, Sunday, February 26, 10:00 - 11:00 AM Monday, February 27
The industrial employer is looking for a different set of skills and attitudes than either the academic or government employer. Learn whom the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries want to hire and why and how you can best position your marketing message to improve the chances of a successful industrial job search.
Job Search Economics: Considerations Well Beyond Salary
4:00 - 5:00 PM, Sunday, February 26, 4:00 - 5:00 PM Monday, February 27
Do you know your worth in the marketplace at any particular point in time? Will employers be knocking down your door, or will you have to knock down theirs simply for the chance to tell your story? Knowing what leverage you may (or may not have) before starting a job search will prepare the candidate for what lies ahead and will dictate how to best work with the dynamics of supply and demand.