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How to finish and get a job, then live happily ever after… Dongho Kim October 10, 2001. Before Defense. When to take the defense? Ask your advisor What to prepare? Defense packet Pick up from graduate school (GFS 300) Thesis committee Three or more faculty members Scheduling

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How to finish and get a job, then live happily ever after…

Dongho Kim

October 10, 2001


Before defense
Before Defense after…

  • When to take the defense?

    • Ask your advisor

  • What to prepare?

    • Defense packet

      • Pick up from graduate school (GFS 300)

    • Thesis committee

      • Three or more faculty members

  • Scheduling

    • Takes some time


Before defense1
Before Defense after…

  • Draft of the thesis

    • To the committee members

    • At least three weeks in advance

  • Meet with committee before the defense

    • Bring slides

      • Go through at least first seven slides

    • Answer questions

    • Find out their concerns in advance


Before defense2
Before Defense after…

  • Practice talks (dry-runs)

    • As many as you can

    • Alone first

    • With group members

    • With advisor

    • With different audiences

  • Seven slides rule

  • Backup slides

  • Defense announcement through the department

    • Lorraine


Finishing vs job hunting
Finishing vs. Job hunting after…

  • It is hard to do both

  • So, you might want to consider finishing first, and

    • then concentrate on finding a job

  • However, job hunting takes time.

    • Sometimes, quite long time,

    • Especially when the economy is not good.

  • Trade-offs


During the defense
During the defense after…

  • Be confident!

    • You are the one who knows about your thesis most.


After defense
After defense after…

  • Getting signatures

  • Submit thesis to graduate school

    • Thesis editor  another signature

    • Degree Progress dept.  check the requirements

  • Graduating consists of two parts

    • Oral, and

    • Written


Job searching
Job searching after…

  • Get connections

    • Introduce yourself to other people at conferences

    • Introduce yourself to the speaker at seminars

    • Get to know your colleagues


Job searching academia
Job searching - Academia after…

  • Start early

    • For fall semester/quarter,

    • September – January

  • Research area

  • Publications

  • GPA

  • Research schools vs. Teaching schools

  • Consider research labs also


Job academia
Job - Academia after…

  • Interview

    • Among 5 or 6

    • Talk

    • Meeting with faculty

  • Have research agenda for the next five years or so

    • During the talk and meetings

    • Potential future collaboration

  • Know your research needs

    • Equipment

    • Support for students

    • Make sure the school is willing to provide those


Job searching industry
Job searching - Industry after…

  • Prepare several versions of resumes

  • Customized cover letters

    • Do not waste time on the positions that do not match

  • Learn about the companies in advance

  • Knowing someone inside is a BIG plus


Job searching industry1
Job searching - Industry after…

  • Interviews are different than that of academia

  • No formal talks, but

  • Very short, but carefully prepared talks

    • Several versions with different lengths

  • Technical questions

    • Refresh your memory

  • Strange questions

  • Phone interviews

  • Prepare questions

    • Technical

    • HR


Making decision
Making decision after…

  • Two-body problems

  • Timing

    • Scheduling is important


Good luck

Good Luck! after…


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