Preparing for the Job Market: Individual Coaching Sessions
Our industry careers consultant, Lauren Celano, will be available for 30- or 60-minute one-on-one sessions with fellows on Wednesday, February 20, and Monday, February 25.
The content of these sessions is flexible—feel free to discuss and ask questions about anything related to the industry job market and how to enhance your competitiveness, and/or receive individualized feedback on your current application materials. Possible discussion points may include:
- Tailoring your resume and/or cover letter to a specific job posting
- Job searching strategies tailored to your interest
- Understanding the types of industry jobs available to PhD scientists
- Tips for improving your LinkedIn page
- Ways to improve your networking skills for industry careers
Lauren Celano is the co-founder and CEO of Propel Careers, a Boston-based life science search and career development firm focused on connecting talented individuals with entrepreneurial life sciences companies. Propel works with current leaders and actively cultivates future leaders through full-time placement, mentoring, career coaching, and networking. Propel Careers is engaged across all areas of life sciences, including therapeutics, medical devices, healthcare IT, diagnostics, and consulting.
Up to 32 slots are available. Please email Dr. Erin Walsh at email@example.com if you would like to sign up for an individual session with Lauren.
Business Card Printing Now Available Through the Office of Education
The Office of Education is offering business card printing for all NICHD fellows. Along with the official NICHD logo, cards can be customized to display your name and title/position, laboratory section or affinity group, and contact information. Please email Ms. Carol Carnahan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Calling All Fellows of NICHD—It's Image Competition Time!
We are beginning our search for the feature image of the 15th Annual NICHD Fellows Meeting.
The winning image, chosen by the Fellows Advisory Committee, will be showcased on the retreat website, on posters, and used as the front cover of the event program. Also, to highlight everyone’s imagery, all submissions we receive will be used to produce a collage posted on the 2019 retreat website. You can always take a look at the image submissions from previous years at http://retreat.nichd.nih.gov.
In addition to image resolution and quality, selection criteria include the relevance to our institute’s mission and artistic view of the image. All submissions (at the highest possible resolution) should be sent to Nicki Swan (email@example.com) by January 31, 2019 with a brief caption for the image.
At right, last year's winning image by Jacob Pluski, Le Pichon lab.
NICHD Fellows Advisory Committee: Seeking New Members!
The Office of Education formed an advisory committee in 2016, and we are seeking several more dedicated members to help us develop and initiate academic support programs for the institute. Both domestic and visiting fellows are needed. We want to achieve a broad representation, culturally and academically, so we can address the needs of all our trainees at NICHD. The committee meets monthly to exchange ideas and informally discuss ways we can enhance and tailor the training experience within the NICHD intramural program.
Some potential topics for our committee are how to:
- Increase the participation for training activities
- Expose fellows to various careers in science
- Identify teaching opportunities and internal and external research funding mechanisms
- Establish a structure for sharing scientific and career resources within the institute
*New this year, the advisory committee will also steer the 15th Annual NICHD Fellows’ Retreat, to be held in Spring 2019.
This includes developing the agenda/program, inviting speakers, reviewing abstracts, selecting fellow/student presenters, and moderating some of the sessions—it’s a great service opportunity, plus you’ll get to be part of the team that plans our biggest annual event for fellows!
Don’t miss this opportunity to serve your intramural NICHD community.
The committee meets once a month on Thursdays, from 3 to 4 p.m. Upcoming dates listed below:
- January 10
- February 14
- March 14
Please contact Dr. Erin Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining the group.
The Business of Science: Your Guide to Career Success
A new training for fellows and graduate students preparing for their professional career transition
Coming Soon—Early 2019!
We will offer this certificate program by SciPhD as a four-day course in March and April 2019 at the NIH. Enrollment will be open for 40 NICHD trainees.
The course is designed to help academic scientists prepare for their next positions in academia, industry, or government—research or non-research. Students will experience hands-on learning of the business and social skills necessary to succeed in the professional world.
At present, the course is also offered at highly respected research institutes, such as New York University, University of California San Francisco, University of California Irvine, and the New York Academy of Sciences. Ninety percent of the people who applied for jobs while taking the course reported that The Business of Science helped them land an interview or job offer!
Throughout the program, you will have the exciting opportunity to:
- Discover the many career paths in which having a PhD can make you a competitive job candidate
- Develop your professional communication, mentoring, project management and negotiating skills, as well as your financial literacy
- Research a job ad and identify the scientific, business, and social skills that the company is looking for
- Develop a targeted resume that demonstrates your specific qualifications
- Expand your science network
- Take part in mock interviews that will prepare you for your own job searches
Course instructors will hone into common research practices that academic scientists are already familiar with, to help in the understanding of business concepts, and to demonstrate how your own experiences can mold you into a competitive job candidate.
AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Summer Fellowship
Applications open October 16 - January 15!
From the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship website:
This highly competitive program strengthens the connections between scientists and journalists by placing advanced undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate level scientists, engineers and mathematicians at media organizations nationwide. Fellows have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at such media outlets as the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, WIRED, and Scientific American.
For 10 weeks during the summer, the Mass Media Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write and report today's headlines, sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to non-specialists. Participants come in knowing the importance of translating their work for the public, but they leave with the tools and the know-how to accomplish this important goal.
For additional information about the program visit aaas.org/mmfellowship.