Career Planning Workshops

The Career Planning Workshops are small group sessions that provide career development education specifically tailored to the needs of postdocs.

Workshop participation is restricted to postdocs. Questions? Contact Andrew Cusick (acusick@wisc.edu).

 


2016 - 2017 Workshops


 

Becoming a Better Mentor

Two identical workshops:

  • Tuesday May 2, 2017. 12:00pm-2:00pm. 6201 Microbial Sciences Building.
  • Wednesday May 3, 2017. 12:00am-2:00pm. 7001A Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research.

Mentoring happens in academia, but is also useful in other professional settings such as industry. A critical skill in any mentoring relationship is effectively communicating expectations. During this workshop, activities and case studies, drawn from both industry and academia, will be used to strengthen your communication skills and make you more effective as both a mentee and mentor.

Amber Smith, PhD, Director of Mentor and Mentee Training, WISCIENCE will co-facilitate the workshop with Andrew Cusick, Career Development Officer, Office of Postdoctoral Studies.

 

Industry Interviewing

Two identical workshops:

  • Wednesday April 5, 2017. 5:30pm-7:30pm. 3001A Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research.
  • Thursday April 6, 2017. 12:00pm-2:00pm. 6201 Microbial Sciences Building.

This interactive workshop is designed to help postdocs prepare and practice for the industry job interview. The workshop will include a mock interview using the S.M.A.R.T interviewing technique for answering behavioral interviewing questions and will focus on transferable skills earned in academia that are transferable to industry. Lunch/dinner provided.

The workshop will be facilitated by Andrew Cusick, Career Development Officer, Office of Postdoctoral Studies.

 

Negotiating Effectively

Two identical workshops:

  • Monday January 30, 2016. 10:00am-12:00pm. 3001A Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research.
  • Monday January 30, 2016. 2:00pm-4:00pm. 6201 Microbial Sciences Building.

Many of us are uncomfortable with the idea of negotiating and feel uncertain about how to be effective. Yet we all recognize the importance of developing skills to negotiate effectively across a variety of situations and with many different people in our lives. This workshop is designed to help participants develop a process for approaching any type of negotiation as a form of communication that will lead to improved relationships and ultimately better outcomes for everyone involved.

The workshop will be facilitated by Joanne Lipo Zovic who has experience in teaching negotiation for over a decade at UW-Milwaukee and the Marquette University Law School.

 

Effective Networking

Two identical workshops:

  • Tuesday November 8, 2016. 4:00pm-6:00pm. 1220 Biochemical Sciences.
  • Wednesday November 9, 2016. 12:00pm-2:00pm. 7001A Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research.

Networking is critical in today’s competitive job market. The interactions you have at research conferences and other professional networking events will be key to your success. Are you unsure how to start networking or need to improve the way you make professional connections? In this interactive workshop you’ll learn how to excel at connection building. The workshop is designed to ease the tension making contact, both at networking events, and while using social media platforms such as LinkedIn.

The workshop will be facilitated by Andrew Cusick, Career Development Officer, Office of Postdoctoral Studies.

 

Assessing and Articulating Your Transferable Skills

Two identical workshops:

  • Tuesday October 11, 2016. 12:00pm-2:00pm. 3001A Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research.
  • Wednesday October 12, 2016. 4:00pm-6:00pm. 1220 Biochemical Sciences.

This interactive workshop is designed to help postdocs reflect on the transferable skills they have which employers value. At the core of this workshop is a comprehensive skills assessment tool that participants will use to identify the skills they prefer to use, as well as the skills they need to develop. Once identified, we will practice articulating these skills in a structured manner to employers by generating interview and resume “achievement statements”.

The workshop will be facilitated by Andrew Cusick, Career Development Officer, Office of Postdoctoral Studies.

 

Mapping your Professional DNA

Two identical 3-part workshops:

  • Tuesday September 13 - Thursday September 15, 2016. 12:00pm-3:00pm. 8571 Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research.
  • Tuesday September 20 - Thursday September 22, 2016. 12:00pm-3:00pm. 6201 Microbial Sciences.

Successful careers often look more like complex mosaics than linear paths. For most postdocs it is not possible to go straight from training position to a permanent lifelong career. Furthermore, our personal and work values, interests, and skills, formed over many years at academic institutions, will not always sync with the needs of employers outside the academy and it can be difficult to demonstrate how our talents are useful.

In this interactive workshop we will explore our vocational DNA using a unique self-assessment tool, which will help us better understand why we work and how to find careers that align better with our values, interests, and skills. With practice, we will learn to create a career/life mosaic that is as unique as we are, but also fits the needs of modern organizations.

The workshop will be facilitated by Andrew Cusick, Career Development Officer, Office of Postdoctoral Studies.

 


2015 - 2016 Workshops


 

Assessing and Articulating Your Transferable Skills

Thursday June 9, 2016. 12:00pm-2:00pm. 6201 Microbial Sciences.

This interactive workshop is designed to help postdocs reflect on the transferable skills they have which employers value. At the core of this workshop is a comprehensive skills assessment tool that participants will use to identify the skills they prefer to use, as well as the skills they need to develop. Once identified, we will practice articulating these skills in a structured manner to employers by generating interview and resume “achievement statements”.

The workshop will be facilitated by Andrew Cusick, Career Development Officer, Office of Postdoctoral Studies.

 

Preparing for Industry Interviews

Tuesday April 26, 2016. 11:30am-1:30pm. 1220 Biochemical Sciences.

This workshop is designed to help postdocs think about the industry job interview in a different way. By putting yourself in the shoes of the hiring manager you will get a better understanding of the purpose and goals of an industry interview. The workshop will include a discussion of interviewing dos and don’ts, how to highlight your soft and transferable skills, as well as time for your questions.

The workshop will be facilitated by Danielle Bashirullah, founder and president of D BASH Business Solutions LLC, a consulting and recruiting company. Bashirullah has 15 years of work experience in technical and leadership positions in specialized industries. She has worked at companies such as Roche Diagnostics, Applied Biosystems (now Thermo Fisher), Myriad Genetics, and most recently, Exact Sciences. Throughout her career, Bashirullah has worked with hundreds of laboratory customers in the U.S. and parts of Canada who work in research, clinical research, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and forensics.

 

Negotiating Effectively

Wednesday January 27, 2016. 12:00pm-2:00pm. 6201 Microbial Sciences.
Thursday January 28, 2016. 12:00pm-2:00pm. 3001A Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research.

For many people, the word negotiation conjures up images of adversarial diplomats or business executives hammering out the details of high-stakes treaties and contracts with each battling to win as much as they can while giving away as few concessions as possible. For job seekers or career changers, an uncomfortable salary negotiation immediately comes to mind.

Regardless of type, many of us are uncomfortable with the idea of negotiating and feel uncertain about how to be effective. Yet we all recognize the importance of developing skills to negotiate effectively across a variety of situations and with many different people in our lives. This workshop is designed to help participants develop a process for approaching any type of negotiation as a form of communication that will lead to improved relationships and ultimately better outcomes for everyone involved.

The workshop will be facilitated by Joanne Lipo Zovic who has experience in teaching negotiation for over a decade at UW-Milwaukee and the Marquette University Law School.

 

Networking Demystified - Making Connections through Professional Sharing

Monday November 16, 2015. 12:30pm-2:00pm. 6201 Microbial Sciences.

Networking is critical in today’s competitive job market. Whether you’re pursuing an academic position or a career in another industry, the interactions you have at research conferences and other professional networking events will be key to your success. Are you unsure how to start networking or need to improve the way you make professional connections?
 
In this interactive workshop you’ll learn how to excel in connection building and have the opportunity to practice the skills you’ve been taught. The workshop is designed to ease the tension of making contact at networking events and help you maximize these opportunities for your career goals. 

The workshop will be facilitated by Andrew Cusick, Career Development Officer, Office of Postdoctoral Studies. 

 

Mapping your Professional DNA - Self Assessment as a Tool for Career Planning

Part I: Wednesday October 7, 2015. 12:30pm-2:00pm. 6201 Microbial Sciences.
Part II: Wednesday October 14, 2015. 12:30pm-2:00pm. 6201 Microbial Sciences.
Part III: Wednesday October 21, 2015. 12:30pm-2:00pm. 6201 Microbial Sciences.

The path to a rewarding career, a major factor in having a fulfilling life, is not always clearly drawn, and is rarely linear.  Can we even call it a path anymore?  Due to systemic changes in both the global economy and in the research enterprise, successful careers look more like complex mosaics than paths.  For most postdocs it is not possible to go straight from a training position to a single permanent lifelong career.  Furthermore, our personal and work values, interests, and skills, formed over many years at academic institutions, will not always sync with the needs of employers outside academia and it can be difficult to demonstrate how our talents are useful.

In this interactive workshop we will explore our vocational DNA using a unique self-assessment tool called the Career Styles Interview. This tool helps us to better understand why we work and how to find careers that align better with our values, interests and skills. An additional goal of the workshop is to learn how to describe to potential employers why our uniqueness will benefit them. With practice, we will learn to arrange the tiles of our life experiences to create a career/life mosaic that is as unique as we are, but also fits the needs of modern organizations.

The workshop will be facilitated by Andrew Cusick, Career Development Officer, Office of Postdoctoral Studies. 

 

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