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But I Have No Skills: Debunking Myths and Exploring Career Options for PhDs (An MGSN Event)


for Members

But I Have No Skills: Debunking Myths and Exploring Career Options for PhDs (An MGSN Event)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Belfer Research Building, Weill Cornell Medical College

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Have you ever wondered whether the skills you built during your graduate and postdoc training would be useful outside of the library or lab? Then join the Minority Graduate Student Network and Science Alliance at “But I have No Skills”. Many Ph.D.s who seek careers beyond the academy incorrectly assume that employers will not find them or their skills attractive. In this session, you will have the opportunity to identify skills that you currently possess, as well as career fields that might be a good fit for these skills.

All attendees, Cornell or non-Cornell, should have some form of identification on them the day of the event. Please bring a copy of your email confirmation to gain attendance.

Although this event is free, registration is required for attendance.


Melanie Sinche

Harvard University

Melanie Sinche currently serves as Director of the FAS Office of Postdoctoral Affairs in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. In this role, she serves over 1,000 postdocs from all disciplines, assisting with their career and professional development, and advises senior administrators on issues pertaining to graduate student and postdoctoral scholar training. Melanie has also been working with the National Science Foundation, the National Postdoctoral Association, and the Graduate Career Consortium to improve data collection on PhDs and postdoctoral scholars across the U.S. Melanie came to Harvard from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where she served as a Consultant and Career Counselor. In this role, she designed, planned, and built the first NIH-wide career center for intramural trainees. Her duties included defining services, recruiting counseling staff, developing workshops, creating content for the career center website, and authoring a careers blog for scientists. Prior to this, Melanie served as the Founding Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has also delivered career development presentations and training sessions for universities, government agencies, professional associations, and non-profit organizations across the country. Melanie earned a Bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan. Melanie completed a second Master’s degree in counseling at North Carolina State University and possesses the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential. She is currently working on a book-length project with Harvard University Press.

Travel & Lodging

Meeting Location

Belfer Research Building
Weill Cornell Medical College
413 East 69th Street (between 1st Ave and York Ave)
Rooms 302A-D

Map and Directions (via Google Maps)