cBCD Weekly Highlights Newsletter

September 15, 2021

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September 8, 2021

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September 1, 2021

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August 25, 2021

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August 18, 2021

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August 11, 2021

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August 4, 2021

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July 29, 2021

The elevator pitch

Whether you are networking at a conference, interviewing for a job, or simply chatting with strangers about your research, it is important to be able to communicate your scientific and professional background clearly and confidently. The elevator pitch, a brief summary of who you are and what you’re interested in, isn’t something that comes naturally to many of us--we need to practice it. Check out the resources below to learn how to develop your personal elevator pitch and communicate your value in a memorable way.

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July 21, 2021

Crafting effective cover letters

How do I even start writing a cover letter?” A common question for job seekers from all areas. A cover letter is a document that should complement your resume/CV and other application materials and should clearly highlight your qualifications for the specific position you are applying for. Cover letters can take different formats or lengths, depending on your target audience. Check out the articles below for advice and examples to craft a winning cover letter.  

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July 15, 2021

Negotiating your next job offer

Whether you are on the faculty or postdoc job market or seeking positions outside of academia, it is important to familiarize yourself with the basics of negotiating before you begin the interviewing process. Negotiation can be an intimidating step when you have limited first-hand experience, but it is a critical opportunity to advocate for your professional and personal needs in the context of the value you bring to an employer. Check out the resources below to learn strategies and prepare for your next negotiation.  

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July 7, 2021

The importance of self-reflection for scientists

In this rapidly changing world, it can feel like many aspects of our career may be out of our control. This can be felt most acutely when we are considering our career options and potential next steps. In order to best take on this ever-changing world of work, scientists should frequently take a step back to assess their skills, interests, and values to ensure that they are in alignment with their career goals.

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June 30, 2021

Preparing for STEM Teaching Careers

For trainees interested in teaching careers, it is critical to gain pedagogical training and experience throughout your time as a graduate student or postdoc. Furthermore, it is important to understand how to develop teaching strategies to build an inclusive learning environment for all of your students. Check out the resources below to learn more about growing your teaching skills while a graduate student or postdoc. 

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June 16, 2021

The Ins and Outs of Mentoring

Whether you are trying to nurture your relationship with your advisor or be a leader and ally to more junior lab members, mentorship is a central component of your training experience as a graduate student or postdoc. Thinking about the active role you can take as both a mentor and mentee within your research group will enable you to make the most of your professional relationships.

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June 9, 2021

Networking: where to begin?

You’ve likely learned that a key to success in a wide array of careers is a strong professional network. Even if you understand the value of networking, it can be challenging to know where or how to begin. The good news? It’s best to start small. Engage with the people and groups you already know to begin expanding your professional network. 

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June 3, 2021

Making the most of summer

Summers can be an incredibly productive time for academic researchers. With fewer classes and seminars breaking up our days, more time can be spent in the lab moving projects forward or diving into writing your next manuscript. Given this change in schedule, summer is also an excellent time to get ahead on your short- and long-term career goals! Check out the articles below for advice on how to make the most of your summer as an academic researcher.

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May 26, 2021

Hone your interview skills

Preparing for an upcoming interview? Whether you are a graduate student seeking a postdoc position, a postdoc looking for a faculty position, or a scholar interested in transitioning to a non-academic career, developing your interviewing skills will be essential to land your next position. 

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May 19, 2021

Launching your industry job search

Throughout a PhD or postdoc, it is common for biomedical scientists to explore and consider research careers in an industry setting. If you have decided that an industry career seems like a good fit for your skills, interests, and values, the next step is to prepare for your industry job search. See below for a written guide on transitioning from academia to industry, and take a deeper dive into the industry job search and hiring process with a video series on the topic.

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May 12, 2021

Science Communication: More important than ever

The ability to explain your research to fellow scientists and non-scientists is a skill that takes practice, but it is essential for your individual research progress, your career progress, and the progress of your scientific field. Read two perspectives on how to approach communicating science to a broader audience.

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May 5, 2021

Spring cleaning for your resume and CV

No matter the stage in your career, spring is a great time to look back on all you have accomplished in the last year and make sure that your resume and/or academic CV reflect these accomplishments. Check out the resources below for polishing your CV and resume. 

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April 28, 2021

Mentors matter

For graduate students and postdocs, your relationship with your mentors can impact the course of your scientific and professional life. It’s important to take an active role in nurturing and growing these relationships. Learn how to get the most out of your relationship with your mentors, and how to build a network of mentors to support you in your personal and professional development. 

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April 21, 2021

Grow your scientific and professional network

There are many great reasons to intentionally build your scientific network: to develop scientific collaborations, share ideas, and plan the next steps in your research. As you grow your scientific network, you are also growing a professional network that you can tap into for your own career exploration. 

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April 14, 2021

Jumpstart your career exploration

The cBCD’s Weekly Highlights Newsletter returns this week! The newsletter highlights resources, upcoming events, opportunities to grow your skills, and job postings to enhance the career development of GSBS students and postdocs. 

 

To celebrate the start of Career Pathways Communities, this newsletter’s Resource Highlights focuses on career exploration. Visit our website to learn about the diversity of opportunities to leverage your training for fulfilling scientific careers. Check out this article from Inside Higher Ed, framing career exploration as a set of experiments.

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