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Dana Farber Boston Career Development Talk

PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 3:38 pm
by Dave Jensen
"Secrets of the Science Job Market: How Employment Works in a Down Economy"
Dave Jensen, AAAS ScienceCareers columnist

Friday, September 23, 2011 9:30 - 11:15 AM
Holiday Inn Boston Beacon Hill, Dana Farber Postdoc Retreat

Whether you are in the job market, considering your options, or facing this process in the next year or two, this is a workshop you will not want to miss. Join Dave Jensen, AAAS ScienceCareers columnist, as he shares the secrets of the job market. There are five different ways to approach the job market, whether it be through ads, the internet, headhunters, job fairs or networking, and Dave will help you optimize each of them.

Your speaker will discuss the differences between the culture of academia and that of industry, and why so many success factors are in common while at the same time so many "rules" of career development are completely different. Approaching your career development in an industry job with the mindset of an academic can be a shortcut to disaster (and this is true the other way around as well). In this seminar, you will leave with a completely different viewpoint of what it is to be a job applicant -- you'll strive to be, instead, a candidate for a position. There's a huge difference between an applicant and a candidate, and your speaker will ensure you have the tools to move to the candidate position much faster in the job search process.

PGSAO along with the PGA, will host the institute's 7th Annual Postdoc and Graduate Student Retreat. This day-long event will feature two keynote speakers, Dr. Robert Weinberg from MIT, and Dave Jensen, along with posters sessions, oral presentations, raffle prizes and an awards ceremony and cocktail reception in which winners of the 2 best oral presentations and 2 best posters will be awarded with $1,000 travel awards.