Career Workshops

Career development workshops and resume critiques will be available in the Career Center from Saturday, February 7 through Tuesday, February 10. 

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 7. 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!

Selling Yourself to the Life Sciences Industry
Presented by Joe Tringali
Sunday, February 8, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Monday, February 9, 2:30 AM - 3:30 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.

Career Planning and Job Searching for Science Professionals: Academic Opportunities
Presented by Alaina Levine
Sunday, February 8, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Monday, February 9, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Learn how to create a flexible career plan for yourself, and identify and leverage your skills, expertise and experience to find a career (not just a job) that is right for you. Special emphasis will be placed on tips for finding and launching a career in academia, but we will also incorporate the development of a contingency plan for the unexpected twists and turns in life.

Networking: Optimizing your Time at BPS 2015
Presented by Joe Tringali
Saturday, February 7, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, February 8, 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 2015) 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).

Having the Right Stuff: Outstanding Resumes/CVs for Outstanding Career Opportunities in Academic and Industry
Presented by Alaina Levine
February 8, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Resumes/CVs don't get you jobs, they get you interviews. Learn the secrets of making your resume/CV one that stands out from the crowd, ensuring it will actually be read, and articulates your value to the organization and your field. Session will also include advice on how to develop your own 30-second brand statement which you can use in networking, and informational and job interviews.

Beyond the Bench: Preparing for Your Career Transition in the Life Sciences
Presented by Joe Tringali
February 8, 4:00 PM - 5:00 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.

Ten Tough Industrial Interview Questions (and Ten Pretty Good Responses)
Presented by Joe Tringali
Monday, February 9, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Tuesday, February 10, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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.

Successfully Navigating the International Job Search
Presented by Alaine Levine
Monday, February 9, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, February 10, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Applying for a job in one country while finishing up your education and training in another can be challenging, but it can be done with success. In this workshop we will discuss specific strategies to finding jobs in another country while one is abroad and how to leverage your networks in-country to access opportunities, especially those that are hidden. Special emphasis will be placed on establishing your reputation as a leader in your field with professionals in the country or region in which you wish to work. Case studies will be shared.