Is joining a Career Cohort for you? Interested in finding peers focused in the same career path as you are? Want to learn more about a variety of possible career options? How about starting your professional network right now? It all starts here, with our Career Cohorts: trainee-led clubs that focus on specific career tracks identified by a group of like-minded individuals. Meet peers, network with colleagues, and find specially tailored activities created by and for each of our Career Cohorts! To learn more, click on any of the links below…
More information: TIBBS sponsors a number of affiliated career cohorts (our student led career clubs) in line with our career and professional development programming, thanks in large part to funding from our NIH-BEST Award. Here you can find a list of our student clubs, along with ways to follow them on the web and on social media to learn more about who they are and what they have to offer. TIBBS: Your one-stop-shop to professional development resources and information!
TIBBS Career Cohorts:
Science and Business Club (SBC website): The UNC Science and Business Club was founded in to provide students resources and information about non-academic careers post-graduate career, including gaining skills related to consulting, industry, and business careers.
Science Policy and Advocacy Club (SPAG website or Follow @ SPAG_Facebook @ SPAG_Twitter): SPAG is an oorganized forum where students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff can learn about and advocate for science policy. Their mission is to promote the role of science in public policy and to expand public access to, and awareness of, scientific innovation.
Science Writing and Communications club (SWAC website or Join @ SWAC_Listserv or Follow @ SWAC_Facebook ): SWAC was formed to foster the intellectual and professional development of aspiring science writers and communicators at all levels of graduate and postdoctoral training. Our goal is to provide club members with career exposure, writing experience, and training opportunities in science writing and communication.
Future Science Educators (FuSE_Facebook): FuSE welcomes graduate students and post-docs interested in science education, administration, and science outreach. Our focus is to develop job application materials, career exposure, and to build skills/experience relevant to teaching-intensive careers.
Academic and Research Intensive Career (Follow @ARIC_Facebook) Association: The mission of the ARIC Association is to prepare students and post-doctoral fellows for a career as a principal investigator in a research-intensive environment by developing the skill set required to be competitive in the current job market.
Other Student Clubs: A variety of other student clubs can also expand your experience outside of the lab here at UNC!
Science outreach clubs:
DNA Day & DNA Day CONNECT (NC DNA Day): North Carolina DNA Day is an annual event where scientists from NC’s leading research universities and institutions visit over 100 high schools statewide to present interactive, hands-on lessons about genetics, genomics, and biotechnology, as well as their own research. Scientist ambassadors can also partner with a teacher for reoccurring learning opportunities as part of DNA Day CONNECT. Join us each year for the accompanying DNA Day 5k Run!
Science in the Stacks (SITS): A group of graduate students in the sciences who are passionate about science and want to share their love of science with the world by partnering with local libraries.
Science in the News (SITN): Creates an opportunity for the public to connect with scientists to discuss and ask questions about science topics with a new topic each month, for an in-depth look into the science that affects our lives.
Women in Science (WinS): WinS plans and delivers career-focused events relevant to female scientists interested in many different career paths. Their mission is to continue to encourage the success of women by empowering leaders, facilitating professional development, and promoting gender equality in science.
Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD): Student leaders in this community of diverse scientists organize professional development, community building, and mentorship activities that further the IMSD student success targeted especially for those from groups historically underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.
UNC Chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (UNC SACNAS_Facebook): Join fellow trainees committed to advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in science at meetings of the UNC SACNAS chapter! SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.
LinkedIn Network: Start your professional development network with TIBBS now by joining our growing network of science professionals on TIBBS LinkedIn! Or choose one of the following…
Choose from these specialized TIBBS LinkedIn subgroups (listed above) tailored to your particular career interests, or simply join in the TIBBS LinkedIn group to more generally to start the networking process. TIPS: If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile yet, consider starting a basic one with your position titles and dates, a photo, and an uploaded CV or Resume. Its like your electronic business card–and its free! This is a great way to start your networking experience, especially if you’re just getting started!
Networking Resources: Here are a few resources for effective networking tips: UNC-University Career Services provides a list of resources for Networking-101 tips & some specific notes on creating an effective LinkedIn profile, if you’re new to the game! Check these out to help get started.
UNC Alumni Data for Biomedical and Biological Scientists: The Office of Graduate Education has compiled career outcomes data for recent graduates (from 2000-2014) in the biological and biomedical sciences. We invite you to explore the data (click here). If you’d like to learn more about a particular career area you see featured, consider making an appointment to meet with Patrick Brandt or Rebekah Layton to discuss which slice of the career-pie you might fit into and make a plan to get there!