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Professional Development Presentations

Upcoming Seminars:

MIT Postdoc Panel: Transition to Nonacademic Careers
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Fall 2014 Seminars

The Art of Behavioral Interviewing
Speaker: Bob Dolan, MIT Career Counselor for Postdoctoral Scholars
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, from 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Location: 34-101

While your technical skills will get you the interview, it is your behavioral attributes that will get you the job. This session will discuss preparation and strategies for a successful interview. In addition, sample behavioral interview questions will be provided along with tips on how to answer these tough questions.

Sponsored by MIT Global Education & Career Development Career Services with support from the Office of the Vice President for Research.
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10 Simple Steps to Building a Reputation as a Researcher in Your Early Career
Speaker: Micah Altman, Director of Research, MIT Libraries
Date and Time: Monday, September 15, 2014, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Location: Room

Dr. Micah Altman, Director of Research at the MIT Libraries, will present on improving and developing your visibility as a researcher and the visibility of your work.
In a changing world of research and scholarly communications, researchers are faced with a rapidly growing range of options to publicly disseminate, review, and discuss research -- options which will affect their long-term reputation. Junior scholars must be especially thoughtful in choosing how much effort to invest in dissemination and communication.
In this talk, based on information science research and professional experience, Dr. Altman will suggest some steps junior researchers may consider when disseminating their research, and participating in public review and discussion.

Sponsored by MIT Libraries, the MIT Postdoctoral Association, and the Office of the Vice President for Research

Please join us for an exciting talk by Dr. Isaiah Hankel followed by a casual reception to mix and mingle over drinks and snacks.

Transferrable Skills – Transition to Business

Speaker: Dr. Isaiah Hankel; Cheeky Scientist™
Date and Time: Monday, September 29, 2014 from 3:00 to 4:15 pm

Reception at 4:15 pm

Location: Singleton Auditorium, Building 46-3002

Make the choice to jumpstart your career by attending the Transition to Business seminar.
Are you exploring alternatives to an academic career or considering a career that involves both academic and nonacademic settings? Are you seeking to maximize your career potential as you transition from academia to business? Join Dr. Isaiah Hankel as he shares insights, tricks, and techniques on how you can capitalize on your capabilities and become more attractive to potential employers. No prior business experience? No problem! In this seminar, you will learn:

  • How to leverage the power of your Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience
  • Insider techniques to sell yourself to employers
  • Key insights into the nuances of networking
  • The power of being proactive
  • Crucial components of communication and connection
  • Tips on how to articulate your experiences to gain a competitive advantage

Dr. Isaiah Hankel is the author of Black Hole Focus (Wiley 2014), a business coach and international speaker. He helps individuals, teams and organizations develop a more entrepreneurial mind-set to accelerate their career success.

Isaiah has worked with some of the world's leading corporations, including Amgen, Celgene, Bio-Rad Laboratories, BD Biosciences, Baxter Bioscience, Pfizer, Roche, and Genentech. He has also presented at many of the world's premier academic institutions, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Stanford University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, The Pasteur Institute, and The Curie Institute, to name a few.

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research

MIT Postdoc Panel: Transition to Nonacademic Careers
Speakers: Dr. Erika Bechtold, Dr. Abigail Noble, and Dr. Reza Sharifi Sedeh
Date and Time:Wednesday, October 15, 2014, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm      
Location: Singleton Auditorium, Building 46-3002

Please register

Three postdoc alums will share their experiences and answer questions about moving from postdoctoral positions at MIT into nonacademic roles in three very different organizations. There will be refreshments and plenty of time for questions.

Erika Bechtold received her Ph.D. in biological chemistry from Wake Forest in November 2010.  She joined MIT as a postdoctoral associate in January 2011 in the Biological Engineering Department.  After two years as a postdoc, she joined Tufts University as a licensing associate in the Office for Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration (TTIC).  She now runs the TTIC graduate student and postdoctoral internship program, as well as manages several key patent portfolios and licensing efforts for the School of Engineering and the School of Arts and Sciences.

Abigail Noble received her Ph.D. in chemical oceanography from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution / MIT Joint program in October 2011. She then spent two and a half years as a postdoctoral associate at WHOI and in the Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences Department (EAPS).  In April 2014, she joined the Environmental Chemistry technical staff at Gradient as a consultant.  Her project work at Gradient includes chemical compliance and environmental forensics. 

Reza Sharifi Sedeh received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in June 2011, and then continued his research at MIT for two more years as a postdoctoral associate. He joined Philips Research North America in September 2013, and is currently working as a Data Scientist in Healthcare informatics.

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and MIT Global Education & Career Development Career Services.

Office of the Vice President for Research and MIT Global Education and Career Development (GECD)

The Office of the Vice President for Research and MIT Global Education and Career Development (GECD) are working collaboratively to provide career services for current postdoctoral scholars.

See the GECD Calendar of Events and MIT Services and Policies for Postdocs
for more information. To register for these events, visit CareerBridge.

Presentations from a selection of recent events:

View list of seminars that were offered Spring 2011 through Summer 2014, including many presentation slides.

See RESOURCES & PRESENTATIONS for notes from past presentations and other topics.