Know Your Skills Produce a Career (STEM). Ruth Schemmer, PhD Assistant Dean for Career Development Graduate School 411 Kirkland. Know Your Skills Produce a Career (how to get from Point A to Point B) Final Thoughts. Overview. Know Your Skills. What skills do you possess? Name some.
Ruth Schemmer, PhD
Assistant Dean for Career Development
What skills do you possess? Name some.
What do you think of when I say competency?
National Post-doc Association
6 Core Competencies: Discipline-specific conceptual knowledge, Research skill development, Communication skills, Professionalism, Leadership & Management Skills, Responsible Conduct of Research
Discipline-specific Conceptual Knowledge
Courses, independent research
Additional training (summer research programs)
Improvements made in processes, outcomes, new knowledge
Research Skill Development
Ability to think through a problem logically from beginning to end
Conference presentations/Journal articles
Science in the Classroom
Grant proposals/reports to funding agencies/technical reports
Successful proposals for funding—convincing someone to give you money!
Ability to convey and explain complex concepts to undergraduates
Center for Teaching
Graduate School Career Development
BRET Career Development
Leadership & Management Skills
Training newer students in the lab
Managing course section, making all plans
Working with team on large project; multidisciplinary collaborations
Project management: taking multi-year project from initial question to completion
Evaluating student performance
Responsible Conduct of Research
Why do employers care? Ethics very important in the workplace
Knowledge of proprietary information’s importance
MyIDP(Individual Development Plan): http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/
Hosted by Science Careers (AAAS)
Assessments of interests, values, competencies; can also ask advisor/mentor to complete form and compare yours and theirs
Offers career possibilities drawn from assessments
Track goals and progress
Consider Optional Paths: Alternate Academic (non-tenure track, higher education)
Typical Positions: Lab Manager; Program Director; Development Assistant; Research Assistant/Associate
Potential settings: Academic Departments; Research Labs; Teaching Centers; Development Offices, Research Institutes; Post-doc Offices; K-12 Teaching
Non-academic: (business, government, non-profits)
Typical Positions: Research Associate; Policy Analyst; Development Assistant; Analyst; Consultant; Data Manager; R&D
Potential settings: Government Agencies; Health Care Organizations; Consulting Firms; Insurance Companies; Biotech Companies; Think Tanks
Volunteering at non-profits; Science outreach
Interacting with undergraduates
Network! ask for advice/suggestions/tips, not preferential treatment
Lit review for your career: gather stories, informational interviews
VUConnect.com: set up a profile, locate PhDs in interesting jobs
Alumni from your undergraduate institution
Alumni from your Department (ask professors for names)
Campus Staff (alternate academic careers)
LinkedIn (join groups for discussion; VU Alumni)
Chronicle of Higher Education: www.chronicle.com
Versatile PhD: www.Versatilephd.com
Career Panels, STEM forum, PhD Career Finder
First access through Graduate School Career Development https://my.vanderbilt.edu/gradcareer/ Non-academic Careers Exploring Options
Web aggregator of job listings; read for skills in job descriptions
Career/Professional Development events & resources
Graduate School Career Development: https://my.vanderbilt.edu/gradcareer/
BRET Office of Career Development: https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/career-development/
A degree of serendipity/chaos in any career journey.
You may start below your skill level, with commensurate pay.
Volunteering time and services may be necessary to demonstrate evidence of skills.
Knowing your skills and creating a resume containing them is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for job searching: networking is a must!