Professional Development Presentations
Basics of Scientific Writing
Sonal Jhaveri is an MIT alumna (BS, MS). She received her PhD from Harvard. She currently teaches Science Communication to MIT undergraduates via MIT's Writing Across the Curriculum Program, and also to graduate and medical students as well as postdocs, both at MIT and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Sonal Jhaveri teaches Science Communication to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs at MIT and at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She will discuss the basics of how to write a research paper that is targeted for publication in a professional journal.
Job Search Strategies Workshop
This workshop will give you the knowledge and confidence to launch an effective job search. You will learn about many valuable resources, including databases, and downloadable information available on the MIT-CareerBridge site. We will examine networking as an important strategy and discuss how to do it in a way that will work for you. MIT has excellent resources to help you network with alumni in different fields. The program will also provide tips on how to stay competitive throughout your job search, starting with prep for the April 4th Spring Career Fair. Come learn how you can deliver an effective message about your qualifications when communicating with employers. You will gain a competitive advantage by mastering these job search basics. Open to Postdocs and all MIT students and alumni. Register on CareerBridge under the events tab.
Transition from academia to industry - do it right.
Dr. Masha Fridkis-Hareli will give an interactive presentation that explores career opportunities outside academia. Based on her personal experiences in academia and industry, she will discuss differences between these two sectors and describe the skill set needed to make this transition smooth and enjoyable. Her presentation is best fitted to graduate and post-doctoral scientists who are considering transitioning to industry but have no insider view of the process.
Behavioral Interviewing Workshop
While your technical skills will get you the interview, it is your behavioral attributes that will get you the job. This session will discuss the preparation and strategies for a successful interview. We will also examine the top skills employers are looking for in their candidates and how you can communicate those attributes effectively. In addition, sample behavioral interview questions will be provided along with tips on how to answer these tough questions. Open to Postdocs and all MIT students and alumni. Register on CareerBridge under the events tab.
Writing Research and Teaching Statements
When applying for an academic position, you will be required to produce a teaching and/or research statement. Writing a poor statement can hurt your chances of being considered for a position, but taking the time to write them well can set you apart from other candidates. Drs. Bell and Halstead will analyze the characteristics of teaching and research statements, discuss their components and review examples - so that you will be able to write thoughtful, creative statements that have impact.
Transition from Academia to Industry – Introduction to Hurdles
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Transitioning from academia to industry involves multiple challenges, some of them real some of them perceived. The discussion will zoom-in on typical challenges of the transition and offer some advice to prepare you for the hurdles you might face.
Dr. Zoran Zvonar received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, and after postdoctoral experience at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, joined the semiconductor industry. During his R&D career at Analog Devices (1994-2008) and at MediaTek (2008-present) he has contributed to multiple generations of chips and software products for cellular phones. He is MediaTek Fellow and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow.
Not Networking 101—Building Relationships for Success
Registration required: [register now]Networking has gotten a really bad name these days. I take your card, you take my card and then we don’t call each other. This workshop is designed to reintroduce you to how strong professional relationships can be necessary for most people to succeed in their careers. It will provide practical tools for meeting people and for nurturing new and established connections.
Dr. Joanne Kamens received her PhD in Genetics from Harvard Medical School then spent 15 years at BASF/Abbott where she led discovery research projects on small molecule and antibody approaches to inflammatory diseases, ultimately serving as Group Leader in Molecular Biology. In 2007 she joined RXi Pharmaceuticals as Director of Discovery and concluded there as Senior Director of Research Collaborations. In 2011, Dr. Kamens became the Executive Director of Addgene, a mission driven, non-profit dedicated to helping scientists around the world collaborate. Dr. Kamens founded the current Boston chapter of AWIS. She was the Director of the HBA Boston Mentoring Program for 3 years and serves on a number of other boards. In 2013 she was elected as a fellow to the Massachusetts Academy of Science for service to science and the community.
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