By Suna Gulay, PhD
The NIH Career Symposium is here and will be held on May 18, 2018. This is a great event to learn about various career paths through hour-long Q&A sessions. The list of career paths that will be featured includes academia, tech transfer/patent law, science communication, industry, consulting, and grants administration. The event concludes with “skill blitzes”: 20-40 minute sessions full of career and job search tips. The symposium will take place at the Natcher Conference Center on the Bethesda campus. Attend a single session or attend the whole event. You can find the full schedule here and register here.
FelCom needs your help setting up online platforms to ensure fellows hear about all area events and have convenient access to all resources they may need throughout their training. Join the ad hoc Public Relations Subcommittee; help us create content and share your ideas on how to connect NIH postdoctoral fellows. This project is expected to be completed in six months, so no long-term commitment is necessary. Email me for more information.
FelCom’s Mentoring Subcommittee is looking for new members. This committee aims for all NIH trainees to optimize their interactions with mentors and find new ones as needed. The committee regularly organizes events through OITE (for example, “Speaking Up: How to Ask for What You Need in Lab and Life,” “Workplace Dynamics,” and “Improving Mentoring Relationships”). Email the co-chairs Nivedita Sengupta (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Gloria Laryea (email@example.com) to join.