Career workshops (examples) held in the recent past include:

  • Individual Development Plan (IDP) workshops
    • First Year Group (FYG) Presentations – This FYG session introduces the idea of professional development, career planning, and identification of skill gaps as part of the first year curriculum in Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBSP)
    • Career Cohort IDP Workshops – Trainees meet in small groups for interactive workshops selected by career interests, with CC IDP Workshops offered for each TIBBS Career Cohort (science business, policy, communication, and education groups). Trainees in each group work together with each other under the guidance of a TIBBS career counselor to review career goals, examine individual skill gaps, and pool resources and knowledge of their own experience and training in their career of interest to set target goals and keep on track for the career path of their choice!
  • Career skills workshop series :
    • Teaching Series – An eight-session series consisting of pedagogical training for best practices in teaching, including topics such as: Interactive Team Learning, Learning Assessment, Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL), Teaching Statement, Portfolio, and Application Material Development, Classroom Management, Syllabus Design, Challenges of First Time Teachers, and Active Learning. See a full schedule of past speakers and student blogs about past sessions. (Future co-sponsorship by FuSE)
    • Industry Skills Series – A seven-session series that exposes trainees to professional knowledge crucial to industry careers and develops industry skills through interactive sessions, including topics such as: Leadership, Teamwork, and Professionalism, Industry Culture, Personality and Leadership Style, Interviewing Skills, Networking, and Industry Career Options. See a full schedule of events and speakers. (Future co-sponsoring by SBC)
    • Science Policy Series – A series consisting of seven seminars and four workshops, including written policy assignments, that develop trainees skills and experience in science policy and advocacy, including topics such as: Policy 101 Science Policy Careers and Skills, Informal Science Communication, Communicating Science to Policymakers, Leveraging STEM Investments for Maximum Impact, Technology Transfer, Advocacy, and the Science of Science Policy (SciSP). Check out the full schedule of events. (Co-Sponsored by SPAG)
    • Science Communication Series – A six-session series, including two workshops with peer-reviewed written content submitted, to help trainees develop greater communications skills and learn about careers in science writing and communication. Topics included Science Journalism, Presenting Science to the Public, Editing and Evaluating Scientific Publications, Ethics in Science Writing and Communication, and Science Blogging and Social Media. See a full schedule of events. (Co-sponsored by SWAC)
  • TIBBS Career Blitz – Two dozen professionals from across career paths representing every career cohort, and from a variety of stages in their career, descend upon campus for an afternoon of career exploration. Brief presentations by each professional are combined with networking interactions to make the most of a day full of new potential and exposure to possible future career paths.
  • Co-Sponsored Career Symposia – Held yearly with a series of speakers, resume reviews, and networking events, including topics such as: CV/Resume Development, Cover Letters, Networking, Interviewing, Negotiating the Job Offer, Career Strategy, the Job Search for International Students, Choosing the Right Postdoc, and Job Hunting for Positions Beyond the Tenure Track – STEM fields.  (Co-sponsored by UNC University Career Services and the Graduate School)
  • And more! Special events have included, “Innovate Your Science Career” with Dr. Samantha Sutton, workshops focusing on industry careers with Cheeky Scientist’s Dr. Isaiah Hankel, and seminars on Personal Finance for PhDs with Dr. Emily Roberts, to name a few. Another popular event is format offered is information sessions with a myriad of companies, for example hosting startup companies like Epicypher, established companies like Novartis and Chiesi, contract research organizations like Nuventra and Novella, or research institutes like Saint Jude’s.

For a full list of upcoming events, please visit our TIBBS Calendar page!


Online Career Exploration Tools

We also provide an array of career exploration tools online at our Career Center and on our Resources page. Click here to see student blogs on past events, or check out the Programs link under Career Resources.

One new initiative as part of our NIH BEST Award is to collect and publish videos from scientists about exciting career opportunities, check out this new resource: the 5Q100A Project, which stands for “five questions, 100 answers.” Scientists answer the following five questions about their job: What do you do? How did you get there? What skill or experience made you competitive for this job? What motivates you to come in to work everyday? What advice do you have for a trainee hoping to follow in your footsteps? (Click here to learn more about submitting your own video! Or visit our Video Library).

(Please check back, more information coming soon.)

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