Empowering Your Journey: A Career Planning Workshop
Friday, August 16, 2019, 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St Fl 40, New York
Having Second Thoughts About a Career in Academia?
Many of us launch our career journeys with one destination in mind: a tenure-track position at a prestigious university or research institution. But the sad truth is that only a small percentage of graduate students and postdocs will ultimately secure a tenure-track job. And, even more importantly, a career in academia is not always the best fit — or the most fulfilling path — for every researcher. So what are your options?
The good news is you already possess many of the skills you need to succeed in a variety of other sectors, including industry, government and non-profit. For example:
- The ability to multi-task, which you’ve gained from having to wear many hats
- Skill in communicating technical information to non-technical audiences, which you’ve honed through your teaching engagements
- The capacity to manage complex projects from start to finish, which you’ve learned through years of conducting research
Knowing you have the tools you need, the next step is to explore other career options you might enjoy. That’s what this workshop is all about.
You’ll participate in a series of small group exercises focused on case studies of individuals who have pursued non-academic careers. You and your team will identify the specific actions that enabled these individuals to take their careers in new directions, and analyze how they applied their academic skills in new ways. From there you’ll create a personalized roadmap towards a career that can fulfill you, both professionally and personally, in ways you never imagined.
The case studies of alternative career paths include:
- Medical Liaison
- Clinical Development and Quality Assurance
- Scientific Editing
- Grant Management and writing — Philanthropic Organizations
- Start-up — Operational and R&D
- Venture Capital
- Wall Street — Equity Research
- Scientific Outreach
- Academic Administration
- Laboratory Manager
- Science Recruiting
- Legal — Patent Law
The group exercises will be followed by a panel discussion featuring scientists who have successfully parlayed their skills into non-academic careers. Then we’ll close out with a keynote speech from Marcus Lambert, on the topic of his career transition from PhD in Biomedical Sciences to Assistant Dean of Diversity & Student Life at the Weill Cornell College of Medical Sciences.
Assistant Dean of Diversity and Student Life
The New York Academy of Sciences
August 16, 2019