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Friday, March 04 - Sunday, March 06, 2016
National Postdoctoral Association Meeting

Join us for the 2016 NPA Meeting in Michigan! The Cornell BEST Program and the Office of Postdoctoral Studies will team up to give a workshop that you won't want to miss! (see below*)

Keynote speaker: Paula Chambers, Founder & CEO of Versatile PhD

Plenary Speakers:

Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Northwestern University
Lauren Celano, MBA, Co-founder and CEO of Propel Careers
Michael Gunson, Ph.D., Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Nancy B. Schwartz, Ph.D., Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs and Co-director of the Office of Graduate Affairs
Elizabeth L. Travis, Ph.D., FASTRO, Associate Vice President for Women Faculty Programs, and Mattie Allen Fair Professor in Cancer Research in the departments of experimental radiation oncology and pulmonary medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

*Concurrent session facilitated by Christine Holmes, Office of Postdoctoral Studies and Susi Varvayanis, BEST Program at Cornell University

The Chicken or the Egg... or Catch-22

The old conundrum: I’m interested in a job in industry but don’t know how to get the skills needed while I’m in an academic institution. How do I show prospective employers I have management experience when I have never been a manager? What does it even entail to work in industry? I don’t know much about regulatory affairs, early discovery, downstream processing, or manufacturing. I don’t even know where to start looking for the job titles that might be appropriate to my research experiences. What do industry employers look for? What does ”3-5 years of industry experience” mean, and do I qualify? How do I get experience when I have no experience?

Employers seek specific so-called 'soft skills' beyond solid technical skills in people they hire: reliability, strong ethics, teamwork, good communication and leadership. They are looking for self-confident, problem-solving, self-initiators who can clearly express the value they will add to the organization. It is important that you can translate your experiences into a language that will get their attention. Can you synthesize a lot of information to sift out what is most important to the bottom line? Are you willing to tackle a project you have no background in and recruit others to get it done? Do you have a 'can-do' attitude?

In this session we will bust some common myths, help you re-focus your skills to think of them from an industry perspective, and share resources available to help you get further training while completing your postdoc productively. Lastly we’ll provide some concrete examples of how to re-craft your resume to appeal to an industry HR gatekeeper.

Hosted by: The Van Andel Research Institute
Grand Rapids, MI
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