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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Tips and Takeaways for Pathways to Success

On June 6, graduate students and postdocs flooded Biotech to explore careers and gain advice from practitioners at a professional development symposium. 

Why attend the Pathways to Success and 5th annual BEST Symposium?

To build skills

  • develop an entrepreneurial mindset
  • build transferrable skills
  • engage the public via social media

To prepare for your career

  • in government and related non-governmental organizations
  • in consulting and industry
  • navigate employment as an international candidate
  • build and maintain professional networks

Who shared career advice? 

See the full agenda here

What were some takeaways?

Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset
Navigating Employment as an International Candidate
       National Association of Colleges and Employers: Working with International Students
Engaging the Public via Social Media
Exploring Careers in Consulting and Industry


Closing remarks were given by Avery August, Principal Investigator of the BEST Program NIH grant, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Immunology at Cornell. See the slides

At the AAAS pre-symposium workshop Gemima Philippe from AAAS touched on the topic of Engaging with Policymakers. Here is a summary by Eliabeth Mahood: How to Change Public Policy Through Research Communication

Who was there?

Twenty speakers from academia, government, non-governmental organizations, consulting, law, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and professional societies shared their career insights, their choices, day-to-day work and challenges, along with advice for current trainees.

Registrants hailed from 43 STEM fields, 17 social sciences and humanities fields and five institutes and programs across campus. Fully a third are first generation college students and 42% international, with 39% male. The majority were doctoral students (71%) but there were many postdocs (14%) and research masters students (7%) and professional degree students (4%).

Who made it happen?

The Pathways to Success and 5th annual BEST Symposium was collaboratively organized by the Graduate School, Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST), the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CU-CIRTL), the English Language Support Office (ELSO), Career Services and the Office of Postdoctoral Studies