Career Development Series

This new, intentionally-designed series blends OACD programming with top-rated virtual content to give advanced doctoral students and postdoctoral trainees at Pitt access to an expanded set of sessions covering a variety of career development skills, career options, and key transitional steps that will help you identify, prepare for, and succeed in landing the next step of your career (see the career-specific stage  and the career transition stage of the ADAPT model for more information).

August 3, 2022
How to Write a Resume for a Nonacademic Job

Provided via Aurora by Beyond the Professoriate

Time: 12-1pm ET
Location: Virtual
Description: PhDs and Postdocs often approach resume writing as a self-reflective exercise- simply translating their academic accomplishments from a CV into a 2 page resume. But this is the wrong approach.

A resume is actually a persuasive document, designed to convince a hiring manager to contact you for an interview. An effective resume then, is one that focuses less on your list of accomplishments and more on describing how you can help meet the needs of a manager.

Join the Beyond the Professoriate team to learn how you can draft an effective resume, while avoiding common mistakes we see PhDs make. After attending this webinar, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify the purpose of a resume for each stage of the job search process.
  • Recognize common resume mistakes.
  • Apply strategies and tips to avoid making mistakes.
  • Identify resources in the Beyond Prof training platform that can help you write a draft of your resume.

Aurora's webinar will be held via Zoom. Advanced registration is required.

To register, log into Aurora, selecting "through your institution" (Pitt), and then REGISTER HERE

August 17, 2022
How to Write an Academic CV

Provided via Aurora by Beyond the Professoriate

Time: 12-1pm ET
Location: Virtual
Description: Your CV serves as a comprehensive record of your educational background, teaching experience, academic research, and scholarly service. This document represents your academic credentials when applying for postdoctoral positions or for faculty positions at four-year institutions.

Join the Beyond Prof team to learn how to write an academic CV that will help you stand out in the hiring process. After attending the webinar, you will be able to:

  • Define the purpose of the CV in the faculty application package.
  • Describe the components of an academic CV and the appropriate format.
  • Create a plan for writing, updating and maintaining your academic CV.
  • Identify resources in the Beyond Prof training platform that can help you write your academic CV.

Aurora's webinar will be held via Zoom. Advanced registration is required.

To register, log into Aurora, selecting "through your institution" (Pitt) and then REGISTER HERE

August 24, 2022
Certification in STEM Teaching: Pitt-CIRTL

Time: 3:30-4:30pm ET
Location: Zoom
Presenter: April Dukes, Ph.D.
Description: Are you interested in pursuing a career in academia and/or enhancing your teaching, mentoring, and advising skills?

The University of Pittsburgh is one of over 40 higher education institutions that partner with the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) to provide professional development to STEM graduate students, postdocs, and new faculty. In this information session, learn about the free local on-campus (Pitt-CIRTL) and online (CIRTL) programming and certification program designed to help you explore the skills needed for a professional career in STEM.

Presenter Bio: Dr. April Dukes is the Institutional Co-leader for Pitt-CIRTL at the University of Pittsburgh and the Faculty and Future Faculty Program Director for the Engineering Educational Research Center (EERC) in the Swanson School of Engineering. April collaborates on the national educational research initiative, the Aspire Alliance’s National Change, to support systemic changes towards excellence and inclusivity in higher education. April's research and teaching goals are to improve the learning, development, and experiences of undergraduate and graduate students during their academic and professional pursuits.

REGISTER HERE

September 7, 2022
Graduating This Year? Here’s What You Need to Know about Preparing for a Nonacademic Job Search

Provided via Aurora by Beyond the Professoriate

Time: 12-1pm ET
Location: Virtual
Description: You’re graduating this year and considering going on the academic job market AND applying for nonacademic jobs. But you’re not sure about what a nonacademic job search will take, and you don’t know where to begin.

Join the Beyond the Professoriate team in this webinar where you’ll learn how to plan and prepare well in advance so that you can make a successful career transition. Because here’s the thing: a successful career transition into a nonacademic job takes planning and preparation. Start now and you’ll be confident in your decision and knowledgeable about the steps you need to take.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of the stages of PhD Career Transition.
  • Identify the components and timelines of an effective job search.
  • Develop SMART goals and a plan of action for your job search.
  • Identify resources in the Beyond Prof training platform that can help you in your job search.

Aurora's webinar will be held via Zoom. Advanced registration is required.

To register, log into Aurora, selecting "through your institution" (Pitt), and then REGISTER HERE

September 13, 2022
How to Build a Meaningful Career after Your PhD or Postdoc: Information Session with Beyond the Professoriate for Pitt Trainees

Time: 12:30-1:30pm ET
Location: Virtual
Presenter: OACD hosts Beyond the Professoriate, exclusively for Pitt trainees
Description: How can PhDs build meaningful and impactful careers after their degree or postdoc? Now more than ever, PhDs work in a variety of career fields, leveraging their education and training wherever smart people are needed. But how exactly do PhDs successfully job search? What are the proven strategies you can apply to successfully build your career?

As a student or postdoc at the University of Pittsburgh, you have access to the PhD Career Training Platform, a one-of-a kind resource where you can explore career options and learn how to job search in academia and beyond. Through self-paced courses and live webinars in the Training Platform, you’ll learn how to launch a successful job search.

Join us on September 13, 2022, where you will learn how to use the PhD Career Training Platform as part of your job search.

After attending this presentation, you'll be able to:

-Describe the challenges PhDs face in their job search
-Identify the resources in the PhD Career Training Platform that can help you
-Apply tips and strategies to confidently begin your career exploration and job search in academia or beyond

Presenter: Beyond the Professoriate

REGISTER HERE

September 21, 2022
How to Put Together a Teaching Portfolio if You Don’t Have Any Teaching Experience

Provided via Aurora by Beyond the Professoriate

Time: 12-1pm ET
Location: Virtual
Description:  A teaching portfolio is a document providing evidence of your teaching experience and effectiveness. It is an integral part of your application package for faculty positions. But what if you don’t have any teaching experience? How can you put together an effective teaching portfolio that demonstrates your teaching potential and convinces a hiring committee to contact you for an interview?

Join the Beyond the Professoriate team to learn how to create a teaching portfolio that highlights your skills and qualifications, whether you have teaching experience or not.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Define the purpose and content of a teaching portfolio.
  • Identify appropriate items to include in an effective teaching portfolio.
  • Develop a plan to collect relevant materials and examples.
  • Identify resources in the Beyond Prof training platform that help you in creating a teaching portfolio.

Aurora's webinar will be held via Zoom. Advanced registration is required.

To register, log into Aurora, selecting "through your institution" (Pitt), and then REGISTER HERE

September 27, 2022
Applying a Research Framework to Career Exploration

Provided via the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA)

Time: 3-4:15pm ET
Location: Virtual
Presenter: Tina Solvik, Ph.D., Chan Zuckerberg Biohub
Description: For many postdocs, career exploration can feel like an indefinite, never-ending challenge; how do you explore the unknown, learn about the vast number of career options available, and feel confident that you’ve identified a career that fits your needs and preferences? By reframing career exploration as a research project, postdocs can apply their well-developed skill set in designing a research question, collecting and analyzing data, and forming conclusions to the process of identifying careers of interest. In this workshop, you will dive into how to perform each part of the career research process, gain tips on how to collect career data, and develop a plan to manage your career research.

To register, log into the NPA site and then REGISTER HERE. If the "Register Here" button is not live, check back in a few days. The link will be sent to you ahead of the session. 

September 30, 2022
Mentoring Academy Part 1: Introduction to Mentor Training

Time: 12-2:30pm ET
Location: Zoom
Presenter: Joe Ayoob, Mentoring Faculty Fellow, University of Pittsburgh
Description: Introduction to Mentor Training. This session will launch the fall sessions for the Mentoring Academy. The first of three, this session will provide an opportunity to discuss the different roles that mentors and mentees play, and covers the first four competencies in the Mentoring Academy (Introduction, Communication, Aligning Expectations, and Assessing Understanding). Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the principles of effective mentoring through interactive case studies. Participants can attend one session or choose to attend all sessions to complete all eight competencies and earn a credential, based on the National Research Mentoring Network curriculum.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER

October 14, 2022
Mentoring Academy Part 2: Addressing Equity and Inclusion

Time: 12-2:00pm ET
Location: Zoom
Presenter: Joe Ayoob, Mentoring Faculty Fellow, University of Pittsburgh
Description: Addressing Equity and Inclusion. This is the second of three sessions in the series for the Mentoring Academy. This session will, through interactive case studies, provide an opportunity to discuss best practices in Addressing Equity and Inclusion (Competency #5). Mentoring Academy members, who are trained faculty recognized for their contributions to mentoring at the University of Pittsburgh, will facilitate the session. Participants can attend one session or attend all three sessions to complete all eight competencies and earn a credential. The Mentoring Academy builds upon the curriculum provided through the National Research Mentoring Network,.

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November 4, 2022
Mentoring Academy Part 3: Fostering Independence, Promoting Professional Development, and Articulating Your Mentoring Philosophy

Time: 12-2:00pm ET
Location: Zoom
Presenter: Joe Ayoob, Mentoring Faculty Fellow, and April Dukes, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
Description: This is the third and final session of the fall series for the Mentoring Academy. This session will provide an opportunity to discuss best practices in Fostering Independence (Competency #6), Promoting Professional Development (Competency #7), and Promoting Professional Development and Articulating Your Mentoring Philosophy and Plan (*Competency #8). Sessions are conducted through interactive case studies. Mentoring Academy members, who are trained faculty recognized for their contributions to mentoring at the University of Pittsburgh, will facilitate the session. Participants can attend one session or choose to attend all sessions to complete all eight competencies based on the National Research Mentoring Network curriculum.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER

November 9, 2022
Information Session: Katz Courses & Leading People in Organizations Business Microcredential for Postdocs

Time: 12-1pm ET
Location: Zoom
Moderator: Laura Miller, Ph.D.
Panelists: Daniel Jacobson Lopez, PhD, MSW, LCSW, Muhammad Muaaz Aslam, PhD, Fathima Mohamed Ali, PhD, Arthi Shridhar, PhD, and Tammy Dennis, COM
Description: Learn about Katz graduate courses that were designed for busy, working adults like you!  Take one, two, or all four courses, which will earn you a Leading People in Organizations microcredential from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business. A panel of your peers will answer questions about the courseload, the value of the individual courses, the advantage of a business microcredential, and more. Tammy Dennis, from the OACD, will explain everything you need to know about the application process and how Pitt tuition benefits work. Join us for this comprehensive information session to learn about the unique opportunity to gain formal business training while working fulltime as a postdoc at Pitt. No matter whether you're ready to apply, undecided, or have never heard of a microcredential, this session is for you!

REGISTER HERE

November 16, 2022
How to Prepare for a Video Interview for an Academic Job

Provided via Aurora by Beyond the Professoriate

Time: 12-1pm ET
Location: Virtual
Description: You’ve submitted your faculty job applications and are now anxiously awaiting to hear back about interviews. Maybe you’ve already booked your first screening interview and you’re wondering what to expect. What kinds of questions will be asked? How should you best prepare for a virtual interview? How can you answer vague questions while keeping the focus on you and your accomplishments?

Join the Beyond the Professoriate team for this webinar to learn how best to approach a screening interview and how to most effectively pitch yourself as a top candidate for the role. After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify the types and content of screening interviews.
  • Prepare for virtual screening interviews.
  • Create a platform of important information that you want to communicate to interviewers.
  • Identify resources in the Beyond Prof Training Platform that can help you in your initial interviews.


Aurora's webinar is sponsored by the Global Higher Education division of ETS®.

To register, log into Aurora, selecting "through your institution" (Pitt), and then REGISTER HERE

December 7, 2022
SCIENCE Career Symposium

Time: 3:30-5pm ET
Location: Zoom
Presenter: TBD
Description: This annual symposium is designed to enhance the professional development of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students by providing you with direct access to PhD professionals who have successfully made the transition to exciting careers covering a range of employment settings and job sectors! 

Presenter Bios: Coming Soon

REGISTER HERE

December 14, 2022
Lessons Learned from 2022 and Ways to Plan for 2023

Provided via Aurora by Beyond the Professoriate

Time: 12-1pm ET
Location: Virtual
Description: Join the Beyond the Professoriate team as they examine what has been learned about the job market and job searching in 2022 -- and how to employ best practices for a successful 2023.

After attending this webinar you’ll be able to:

  • Identify strategies and skills that helped job seekers on the market this year.
  • Outline a manageable plan to aid in your career development.
  • Evaluate the steps you need to take next year in your professional development and career transition.
  • Identify resources in the Beyond Prof Training Platform that can help you in your job search.


This webinar is sponsored by the Global Higher Education division of ETS®.

To register, log into Aurora, selecting "through your institution" (Pitt), and then REGISTER HERE