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BEYOND THE BENCH:  ALTERNATIVE CAREER PATHS IN SCIENCE

Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it.            ~Albert Einstein

Although many postdoctoral scholars may desire a faculty position, it is important for them to consider a career path in science that may veer from the traditional path of an academician.  The purpose of this program series, Beyond the Bench:  Alternative Career Paths in Science, is to provide postdocs information and support with identifying and exploring careers outside of academia.  This seminar series will focus on alternative career paths within industry and government.  The goal of these seminars is to provide postdocs with insights as to how the academic work environment differs from other employment settings as well as how scientists, well-skilled in research, prepare for a rewarding and successful career within a non-academic culture where workforce skills are essential. Registration for these programs is required, and postdocs need to register at: https://gsoars.acsad.ncsu.edu/pds/ 

Postdocs are encouraged to attend every session so as to build upon the information and insights they gain from the presenters.  Attending each seminar will assist postdocs with their career search process and help them be better prepared to both interview for and obtain a position within a non-academic setting.  Funding for this program series has been provided by the North Carolina Career Development Association; therefore, the evaluation and feedback postdocs provide regarding these seminars is needed and will guide the future professional development endeavors offered through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

2010 Spring Program Schedule

Beyond the Bench:  A Primer on Project Management
Presenter: Dr. Vivian Doelling, former VP of Research and Development, Embrex/Pfizer Animal Health
Date:
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Time:
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Location:
Walnut Room

This program will define Project Management and explain who participates, how it is structured and why it is particularly important in industry. Additionally, the key components of project management will be reviewed including working in and managing teams, project planning and the development of milestones and goals, the criticalness of project timelines and appropriate resources and, most importantly, effective team communication.

Presentation Skills for Corporate Culture
Presenter:
Dr. Melissa Bostrom, former Assistant Professor of Management Communication at the Kenan-Flagler Institute (UNC-Chapel Hill) and current Director of Graduate and Academic Professional Development at NC State University
Date:
Friday, January 22, 2010
Time:
12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Walnut Room
NOTE:
This program is co-sponsored with The Graduate School’s Professional Development Seminars (PDS); therefore, registration is limited to 30 postdocs. In addition, FREE PIZZA will be provided at this seminar, compliments of the University Graduate Student Association!

You may be an expert at delivering academic-style presentations, but are you prepared to give presentations in a U.S. business environment? You will learn tips for organizing your content, delivering with confidence, and complementing your talk with effective PowerPoint slides.

Professional Etiquette: The Interview and Beyond
Presenter:
Ms. Sharon Hill, Certified Etiquette Trainer and President of Sharon Hill International
Date:
Friday, January 29, 2010
Time:
12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
Walnut Room
NOTE:
This program is co-sponsored with The Graduate School’s Professional Development Seminars (PDS); therefore, registration is limited to 30 postdocs.

Interview situations present many opportunities to demonstrate proper etiquette: meeting new people, dining with your prospective boss, and communicating your thanks after the interview, to name a few. This seminar will offer you strategies for handling these situations so that you can keep the focus on your talents and abilities during interviews.

Are You LinkedIn?: Social Networking 101
Presenter:
Dr. Patrick Brandt, UNC-Chapel Hill
Date:
Monday, February 1, 2010
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
Walnut Room
NOTE:
This program is co-sponsored with The Graduate School’s Professional Development Seminars (PDS); therefore, registration is limited to 30 postdocs.
ALSO: Please be sure to bring a fully charged laptop to this presentation as you will be asked to engage in hands-on activities with “linking in.”

In this hands-on workshop, Dr. Patrick Brandt, Associate Director of Biomedical Graduate Training Initiatives at UNC-Chapel Hill, will show attendees how to use the online professional networking tool, LinkedIn. The workshop will be most effective if you have registered for and started your own LinkedIn profile prior to the workshop. Tasks that will be demonstrated include:
* how to setup your profile for maximum visibility and impact
* how to add publications, PowerPoint presentations and even video to your profile
* how to import contacts from webmail, outlook or your Mac address book to build your connections
* how to find relevant LinkedIn groups and make contacts through a group
* how to perform reverse employer searches to prepare for interviews
* how to establish yourself as an expert on LinkedIn

Hard Conversations: How to Handle Them
Presenter:
Christie Knittel-Mabry, Executive Coach Director of Leadership Development, Biogen Idec
Date:
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Time:
12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.
Location:
Room 3118 Talley Student Center
NOTE:
This program is co-sponsored with The Graduate School’s Professional Development Seminars (PDS); therefore, registration is limited to 30 postdocs. In addition, FREE PIZZA will be provided at this seminar, compliments of the University Graduate Student Association!

We all have to have difficult or “hard” conversations with people in both professional and personal realms. These can include how to ask for a promotion, talking to someone about difficult matter, or an interaction where emotions run high and opinions can vary. Christie Knittel-Mabry will share insights on how to effectively conduct a “crucial conversation”, those discussions that are a necessary part of both professional and personal life but can cause angst, stress and conflict.

Writing Effective Business Messages
Presenter:
Dr. Melissa Bostrom, former Assistant Professor of Management Communication at the Kenan-Flagler Institute (UNC-Chapel Hill) and current Director of Graduate and Academic Professional Development at NC State University
Date:
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Time:
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location:
Walnut Room, Talley Student Center

When writing a business email, memo or letter, you may have wondered about the best way to structure the information you present and the request you are making of your readers. This session will provide strategies to help you get your ideas across quickly while maintaining an appropriate tone for your message, allowing you to achieve your goals while building relationships with your readers. We will analyze sample messages to develop a list of dos and don’ts, and you will practice what you have learned with a challenge to write a message of your own.