Get the most out of the Fall Meeting by attending these career guidance workshops. All of these workshops are in Moscone South Mezzanine room 270, unless noted otherwise.

Transitioning Beyond Academia

Monday, 14 December 1100h-1200h

Speaker: Alaina Levine, Quantum Success Solutions

Making the transition from a career in academia to one in another sector is not as elusive or challenging as you may think. Science and engineering professionals who have spent time in academia have an amazing number of skills that are transferable to industry, and decision makers and hiring managers know this. The key is being able to articulate your true value in a way that decision makers can understand by using their language. We will examine how to craft a successful strategy for researching, preparing, and ultimately transitioning to a career outside academia, and we will explore how to determine the right careers for your needs, desires, and ambitions. Even though you may want to leave academia now, you still can stay connected and collaborative with colleagues in higher education, in case you want to come back in the future. We will discuss tactics to ensuring that the door is always open for your return.


The Biggest Mistakes You Should Never Make in the Postdoc and How to Avoid or Recover From Them

Monday, 14 December 1400h-1500h

Speaker: Alaina Levine, Quantum Success Solutions

Specifically targeted toward those in or interested in postdoc appointments, this workshop will focus on the current and expanding crisis in the job and career market for scientists. We will investigate how early career scientists and engineers can best prepare for this challenge, specifically when preparing for a postdoc and in the postdoc appointment itself. We will demonstrate how to orchestrate a personal career plan and develop a Plan B and Plan C for contingencies. We will discuss what early career scientists and engineers should do now to enhance their CVs and research reputations, and what they should look for in, and how they can leverage, their postdoc appointment to set themselves up for success in the field.


Career Advice Workshop: Preparing a Successful NSF, DoD, or NASA Fellowship Application

Tuesday, 15 December 1000h – 1100h

Speaker: Lois Keller Smith, University of Michigan

This workshop is designed for undergraduates, pre-candidate graduate students, and faculty members who wish to know more about how to prepare a successful NSF Graduate Fellowship Program (GRFP), DoD National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG), and/or NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) application. Fellowship winners from different disciplines will describe their experience preparing the application and answer questions about the application process.


Career Advice Workshop: European Union Funding Opportunities for Early Career Researchers from Anywhere in the World

Tuesday, 15 December 1400h – 1600h

Speakers: David Krasa and Viktoria Bodnarova, European Research Council

In this workshop, we will provide detailed information and valuable hints and tips on how to apply for a Starting or Consolidator Grant. You will learn whether you could be a competitive candidate in one of these grant schemes, and what to consider when preparing your proposal. In addition, we will also present opportunities for researchers to come to Europe provided by Marie Sk?odowska-Curie actions. The session will guide you through the three ways of participating: (i) by applying directly to a vacancy in a project, (ii) by applying for an individual fellowship or (iii) by joining with a consortium of European Researchers to exchange staff between Europe and the US.


Accessing Hidden Career Opportunities through Networking and Reputation Management

Wednesday, 16 December 1100h-1200h

Speaker: Alaina Levine, Quantum Success Solutions

Most jobs and other game-changing career opportunities are not advertised, and even if they are, there is usually a short-list of candidates already in mind. So how do you find out about and access the 90% of jobs and other opportunities that are “hidden”? In this keynote, we will focus on strategies and tactics to identify new opportunities, locate decision-makers within organizations, solidify your reputation and brand in the minds of those who hire, and gain access to hidden jobs and career-changing opportunities. Our guiding mantra is: seek out as many opportunities as you can; if you don’t see an opportunity that you need, ask for it; if you ask and it doesn’t exist, create it yourself!


Take Control of Your Career – Tips to Create an Effective Resume and Conquer the Interview Challenge!

Wednesday, 16 December 1000h-1100h

Speaker: Ida Buffone, Professional Recruiter

Are you aware that employers screen resumes in about 10 seconds? Do you know that you only get one chance to make a good impression during an interview? There is an art to resume writing that can quickly capture the reader’s interest and secure an interview. With so much competition for jobs today, the interview is more important than ever.

Whether you are pursuing a new position in a different organization or a growth opportunity within your current organization take control of your career and come to this important seminar presented by Professional Recruiter, Ida Buffone, and get the insider tips on creating an effective resume and conquering the interview challenge!


Negotiation Strategy and Tactics

Wednesday, 16 December 1500h-1600h

Speaker: Alaina Levine, Quantum Success Solutions

Did you know that the salary of your very first job after graduation determines your salaries for the rest of your life? Learn how to create a win-win situation and negotiate right from start to finish in the job decision process. Clarifying your needs and wants, and those of the other party are key. The negotiation skills you learn are valuable in that they can be applied to any situation in your professional (and even personal) life.