Please join us for a seminar and workshop today at MD Anderson and UT Health in Houston, Texas!
"Street Savvy Science: The Unwritten Rules of the Road for Science Careers"
The term “Street Savvy” derives from a term that the speaker has used in numerous columns and AAAS Science published booklets over the years. After 30 years of working closely with scientists and scientific leaders/directors, Dave Jensen has found that there’s a specific set of skills necessary to succeed in one’s career that are not taught at the University – those who have found and developed these skills are “street savvy” and enjoy a much larger pool of opportunities.
While the University trains technical staff to deal with problems in unique ways, helping them develop into independent thinkers, the academic track actually creates a box that can be difficult to get out of when it comes to the career. Outside of this box of rigorous academic training lies a world of job opportunities that are reached only via a specific process, one that is quite different than the success factors behind an academic career. As a result of a completely different rulebook in use by industry, it’s very possible for those coming out of their graduate degrees or postdocs to miss out on opportunities that could very well be a part of their future career horizon.
Simply put, it’s necessary to combine a person’s strong academic training with a set of skills that are much closer to street lessons than learnings from textbooks. Over hundreds of columns spanning more than 20 years, Jensen has written about these key pieces of advice that come from those who have already passed through the academia-to-employment chokepoint. In this presentation, the speaker will discuss the current situation in the science job market and where it might go in the next five years, and then focus in on a half-dozen aspects of these different “rules” in use by employers and successful job seekers.
Throughout his talk, Jensen will describe the backgrounds and methods of “street savvy” scientists who have moved past their academic training into careers of many different kinds. The presentation will integrate the skills needed while in the job market with the entire process of developing a career, creating a "career success" slant as opposed to a presentation that talks about CV’s and resumes.
This event is at 1PM and is open to anyone in the Houston area. An earlier workshop on Thursday with Mr. Jensen has already been booked up and is no longer available to new attendees.
No advance registration is required --- refreshments will be served. Come by if you are in the area, please. All attendees will receive the new AAAS Science Careers booklet with the latest collection of materials about career choices.
UTHealth - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences - Mitchell Building (BSRB) (View Map)
6767 Bertner Avenue
Houston, TX 77030
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