Spring 2014 PhD and Postdoc Program Calendar

Career Services staff organize programs and workshops to assist graduate students and postdocs with career decision making and job hunting.  For a detailed description of each program, including whether or not preregistration is necessary, click on the program title. Check this page periodically, as we add new programs throughout the semester. To receive current program announcements, as well as job, internship, and fellowship announcements, subscribe to one of our graduate email distribution lists. You may also want to print out PDFs of our program series, but view the calendar below for the complete list of programs you can attend. Please note that the times and dates of events listed below are subject to change.

Wharton MBA Students: Please visit Wharton's MBA Career Management.
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MD Candidates: Please visit Penn Medicine's Advising & Career.

PROGRAM SERIES PDFs

Faculty Conversations 2014
(academic careers)

Job Search Series S'2014
(general skills workshops for
all career paths)

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January
February
March
April

Date
Program Title
Time
Location
Registration/
Program
Notes
January

Tuesday
28

NOTE: THIS IS A NEW DATE FOR THIS PROGRAM 

Faculty Conversations:
Preparing for Campus Interviews  - Humanities & Social Sciences
Making a good impression during a campus interview will help convince search committees that you are the ideal candidate. This requires that you can talk effectively about yourself and your research, ask good questions to the faculty, administrators and students that you will meet, highlight how your particular knowledge and experiences set you apart from other candidates, and demonstrate that you would be a terrific colleague. Registration is required.
5 - 6:30pm
Stiteler Hall, B21
REGISTER
HERE

Wednesday
29
Job Search Series:
Converting Your CV to a Resume
If you're a Ph.D. student or postdoc applying for non-academic or non-research positions, you'll probably need a resume. In this workshop, a counselor from Career Services will talk about the different sections typically included in a resume, and offer suggestions for transforming your CV into an eye-catching resume.
12 - 1pm
McNeil
Building,
Room 97
NOTES
February
Monday
3
Lunchworking:
Dr. Karen Brown, Executive Director, Clinical Pharmacology, Daiichi Sankyo
Join us for a 30-45 minute, online/video discussion with a Penn alum who will talk about their current role at their employer, as well as the path they took to get there after completing their PhD. Discover a new career path or specific role within an organization that might be of interest to you, get suggestions on how you might successfully follow a similar path, learn about the ways that your academic skills can be applied, and become more informed about the types of employers interested in your skills. This is a pilot program focusing on providing new ways for you to network with Penn alumni. Please bring your questions with you, as the goal of this series is to promote useful discussions between you and the featured Penn alum. Please register for this event.
12 - 1pm
McNeil
Building,
Room 285

REGISTER
HERE

Tuesday
4
Employer Information Session:
Boston Consulting Group
Please join BCG for an overview of their firm and the consulting industry. Full-time employment opportunities will be discussed, which are available worldwide. BCG representatives with PhD, MD, and JD backgrounds will be available to answer questions and discuss their experiences in consulting. The presentation will also include tips for interviewing and submitting an application. Please visit www.bcg.com/careers for additional information.
6:30 - 8pm
Claudia
Cohen
Hall,
Room 402

Thursday
6

NOTE: THIS IS A NEW DATE FOR THIS PROGRAM

Faculty Conversations:
Preparing for Campus Interviews - Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Making a good impression during a campus interview will help convince search committees that you are the ideal candidate. This requires that you can talk effectively about yourself and your research, ask good questions to the faculty, administrators and students that you will meet, highlight how your particular knowledge and experiences set you apart from other candidates, and demonstrate that you would be a terrific colleague. Registration is required.
4 - 5:30
Stiteler Hall, B21
REGISTER
HERE

Friday
7
Job Search Series:
Cover Letters
Learn the basics of cover letter writing for business, non-profit and government positions. A structured approach for cover letters will be described that will help you to make a good match between your strengths and each positions' requirements and responsibilities. The workshop will also identify additional resources to help with writing cover letters. No sign-ups are required to attend.
12 - 1pm
McNeil
Building,
Room 97
NOTES
Wednesday
12
Job Search Series:
Networking (co-sponsored with the Graduate Student Center)
Understand the goals of networking, hear about formal and informal networking approaches, think about who is in your network..., then put some of this into practice during the workshop. Networking is an effective job search strategy, but can become even more effective if you start before you actually need to look for jobs. Whether you are actively seeking jobs, or just thinking about what future possibilities there might be for you, learning to network will be helpful.
5 - 6pm
Graduate
Student
Center,
Room 305
NOTES
Wednesday
19
Job Search Series:
Career Exploration Workshop with CAPS for Graduate Students
In partnership with Career Services, CAPS will offer the career workshop series "Exploring Your Potential, Finding Your Fit." As part of the program, you will gain a deeper understanding of your career goals as well as learn strategies to help you make sound and satisfying choices in your career path. Before you even join the program, you begin your discovery process by taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The assessment combined with CAPS staff guidance will give you the tools you need to make informed decisions about a good career fit. Registration is required.
1 - 4pm
CAPS, 133
South 36th
Street,
Mezzanine
Level
REGISTER
HERE

Wednesday
19
Career Fair:
Education and Social Services Career Day
This fair is open to Penn students and alumni interested in learning about opportunities in education and social services, as well as related fields such as intercultural communication, counseling, social policy/research, advocacy and non-profit administration. More information can be found here.
2 - 5pm
Houston
Hall, Hall of Flags

Thursday
20
Career Fair:
Start-Up Fair
For more information, click here.
11 - 3pm
Houston
Hall

Friday
21
Lunchworking:
Diane Ambrose, Assistant Vice President, Research Development, Rutgers University
Join us for a 30-45 minute, online/video discussion with a Penn alum who will talk about their current role at their employer, as well as the path they took to get there after completing their PhD. Discover a new career path or specific role within an organization that might be of interest to you, get suggestions on how you might successfully follow a similar path, learn about the ways that your academic skills can be applied, and become more informed about the types of employers interested in your skills. This is a pilot program focusing on providing new ways for you to network with Penn alumni. Please bring your questions with you, as the goal of this series is to promote useful discussions between you and the featured Penn alum. Please register for this event.
12 - 1pm
McNeil
Building,
Room 70
REGISTER
HERE

Friday
21
Career Fair:
Spring Career Fair
Meet representatives from the following industries: print/publishing, arts/entertainment, education, sports/recreation, physical sciences/scientific research, advertising/public relations, law/advocacy and more! For more information, click here.
11 - 3pm
Houston
Hall,
Bodek
Lounge and
Hall of
Flags

Monday
24
Lunchworking:
William Kung, Director of Operations, Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies
Join us for a 30-45 minute, online/video discussion with a Penn alum who will talk about their current role at their employer, as well as the path they took to get there after completing their PhD. Discover a new career path or specific role within an organization that might be of interest to you, get suggestions on how you might successfully follow a similar path, learn about the ways that your academic skills can be applied, and become more informed about the types of employers interested in your skills. This is a pilot program focusing on providing new ways for you to network with Penn alumni. Please bring your questions with you, as the goal of this series is to promote useful discussions between you and the featured Penn alum. Please register for this event.
12 - 1pm
McNeil
Building,
Room 70
REGISTER
HERE

Friday
28
Career Fair:
All Ivy Environmental and Sustainability Development Career Fair
Student Registration is now open for the 11th Annual All Ivy Environmental and Sustainability Development Career Fair on Friday February 28, 2014. The eight Ivy League schools have teamed up to connect representatives from public agencies, consulting firms, nonprofit organizations and business and industry to top undergraduate and graduate students. This event will provide a forum for employers and students to discuss careers, internships, graduate and full time opportunities in: * Agricultural management, science, and engineering * City, regional and environmental planning and design * Civil, mechanical, and chemical engineering * Corporate social responsibility * Earth and atmospheric sciences * Ecology, ecosystems, and biodiversity * Environmental and energy markets * Environmental policy, economics, and law * Environmental science and engineering * Forest science and management * Green building design * Industrial environmental management * International and community development * Natural resource management * Product design and consumer goods * Renewable energy and energy management * Smart technology * Supply chain management * Watershed science, policy, and management * and more! To register, please visit the All Ivy Career Fair website at http://allivyfair.ei.columbia.edu/ and click on the Registration tab. Once you create an account as directed, you will be registered to attend the fair and can also upload your resume to a resume book that will be provided to all recruiters attending the event. If you have questions, please contact University of Pennsylvania Career Services at (215) 898-3012.
10am - 3pm
Roone
Arledge
Auditorium,
Lerner Hall,
Columbia
University,
New York,
NY
REGISTER
HERE


March
Tuesday
4
Career Fair:
The Greater Philadelphia Teacher Job Fair
Held in conjunction with other area colleges and universities, this job fair offers teacher candidates the opportunity to meet representatives from more than 100 school districts nationwide. Pre-register at the Career Services office. The deadline for pre-registration is February 21.
9am - 3:30pm

Neumann University


Tuesday
4
Job Search Series:
Career Exploration Workshop with CAPS for Graduate Students
In partnership with Career Services, CAPS will offer the career workshop series "Exploring Your Potential, Finding Your Fit." As part of the program, you will gain a deeper understanding of your career goals as well as learn strategies to help you make sound and satisfying choices in your career path. Before you even join the program, you begin your discovery process by taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The assessment combined with CAPS staff guidance will give you the tools you need to make informed decisions about a good career fit. Registration is required.
3 - 6pm

CAPS, 133
South 36th
Street,
Mezzanine
Level

REGISTER
HERE

Tuesday
4
NOTE: THIS IS A NEW DATE FOR THIS PROGRAM
Lunchworking:
Lori Gavrin, Espirit Associate - R&D Strategy at GlaxoSmithKline
Join us for a 30-45 minute, online/video discussion with a Penn alum who will talk about their current role at their employer, as well as the path they took to get there after completing their PhD. Discover a new career path or specific role within an organization that might be of interest to you, get suggestions on how you might successfully follow a similar path, learn about the ways that your academic skills can be applied, and become more informed about the types of employers interested in your skills. This is a pilot program focusing on providing new ways for you to network with Penn alumni. Please bring your questions with you, as the goal of this series is to promote useful discussions between you and the featured Penn alum. Please register for this event.
12 - 1:30pm

Houston
Hall, Griski
Room 311

REGISTER
HERE

Wednesday
5
Faculty Conversations:
Dual Career Couples and the Job Search
Learn from current faculty members who conducted their job searches as part of a couple. Some of the discussion points include when to reveal there is another person affected by the job search; who will go on the job market first or will you both try at the same time; and applying nationally vs. in a few specific locations.
4:30 - 6pm
Houston
Hall 223,
Golkin
Room
REGISTER
HERE

Thursday
6
NOTE: THIS IS A NEW DATE FOR THIS PROGRAM
Faculty Conversations:
Understanding Tenure and Negotiating Offers
Applying for and being offered a tenure-track position is one of the common goals of the academic job search. But do you know how the actual tenure process works? Should you be thinking about the tenure process when you are applying to different types of institutions? And when you are offered a tenure-track position, what role should the tenure process play in your negotiations? Are you unsure about whether the tenure clock can be stopped, and for what reasons? If you have questions about any aspect of tenure as it relates to your academic job search, then bring your questions to this program.
5 - 6:30pm
Houston
Hall 218,
Ben
Franklin
REGISTER
HERE


Monday
17
Internship, Fellowship and Research Opportunities with the Smithsonian Institutions: An introduction for Penn Graduate Students (Event Co-Sponsored by SASGOV and Career Services) SASGOV and Career Services encourage Penn PhDs and Master's students to learn about research, fellowship and internship opportunities at the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian's Omar Eaton-Martínez, M. Ed., Intern & Fellows Program Manager, Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will discuss the broad array of opportunities for graduate students to gain valuable experience and training at the Smithsonian's various museums, institutes and other entities while exploring how they can use their skills in a public service setting.
12 - 2pm
Claudia
Cohen
Hall,
Terrace
Room G14
REGISTER
HERE


Tuesday
18
Time Management for New Faculty:
Balancing Professional Responsibilities Early in your Career
Faculty speakers will address aspects of starting a new faculty position that they feel are most important, such as how to stay engaged in research, handle the time demands related to teaching, and navigate the different types of "service" that come with joining a new department and institution. This program will include a panel session and a question and answer period. Your registration is requested for this event.
4:30 - 6pm
Houston
Hall 218,
Ben
Franklin
Room
REGISTER
HERE

Wednesday
26
Job Search Series:
Interview Preparation and Practice
More information coming soon.
12 - 1pm
McNeil
Building,
Room 97
NOTES
April
Tuesday
1
Leveraging Your PhD:
Alt-Ac Career Options (Careers in Higher Education Administration) Co-sponsored by Career Services and the Graduate Student Center
Are you a PhD or postdoc curious about non-faculty careers in higher education? The speakers for this panel are PhDs who work in different university positions. They will discuss their career decision making, skills they developed in doctoral study that are valued in higher education administration and their current jobs. After the panel discussion there will be a Q and A. Panelists are all current University of Pennsylvania staff. Light lunch will be served; your registration is requested. If you plan to attend, please register through this web address: http://www.gsc.upenn.edu/register/.
12 - 1:30pm
Graduate
Student
Center,
Room 305
REGISTRATION IS FULL FOR THIS EVENT
Tuesday
1
Employer Information Session:
The Boston Consulting Group
Please join BCG for an overview of their firm and the consulting industry. Full-time employment opportunities will be discussed, which are available worldwide. BCG representatives with PhD, MD, and JD backgrounds will be available to answer questions and discuss their experiences in consulting. The presentation will also include tips for interviewing and submitting an application. Please visit www.bcg.com/careers for additional information.
6 - 8pm
Claudia Cohen Hall, Room 402


Thursday
3
Job Search Series:
Job Offer Negotiation (co-sponsored with the Graduate Student Center)
How should you respond when offered a position? What can you negotiate for? A Career Services counselor will discuss what to think about and do when you receive that offer, and you will have a chance to practice your negotiating skills. This workshop will focus on opportunities in the business, non-profit and government sectors.
12 - 1:30pm
Graduate
Student
Center,
Room 305

NOTES
NOTES

Thursday
3
Dual Career Couples: Maintaining Relationship Sanity (co-sponsored by Career Services and CAPS)Does your partner also have a very demanding career and are you both trying to figure out how to make it work? Are you worried that you will not be able to get jobs in the same place? Heather Hersh, Psy.D. will be presenting strategies on how to maintain sanity in your relationship. Counselors from Career Services will also be available to answer questions. Pre-registration is required.
4 - 5:30pm
Graduate
Student
Center,
Room 305
NOTES
Thursday
3
McKinsey & Company Employer Information SessionDid you know that McKinsey & Company has been a pioneer in hiring advanced professional degree (APD) candidates just like you for over 20 years? Over half of our 8,000 consultants in our 100+ offices worldwide hold PhD, MD, JD and non-MBA Masters degrees. Please join McKinsey & Company to learn about our work, our people and our exciting career opportunities for APD candidates, including our 2013 summer weekend programs and our 2014 full-time hiring opportunities.
6 - 8pm
Annenberg, Room 111


Tuesday
8
Careers Self Advocacy for Scientists: Learning Your Options and Reaching Your Goals (WORKSHOP)Come to this interactive workshop, Part One of our "Careers for Scientists: Learning Your Options and Reaching Your Goals" programming. Your career options are numerous, but all are highly competitive. How can you identify which will lead to your utmost happiness and success, and develop the skills and experience needed to achieve your goal? In this workshop, you will get started creating your own Individual Development Plan using myIDP, an online tool hosted by AAAS and ScienceCareers.
• examine how your top-choice career paths may (or may not) fit your skills, interests, and values
• learn practical strategies for how to set goals tailored to your career development
• how to effectively engage mentors and the process of self-advocacy
Taught by myIDP co-author Cynthia Fuhrmann, PhD, this interactive workshop will propel you toward the next step along your career trajectory. Then plan to attend Part Two of our programming, a panel and networking event, "Careers for Women Scientists: Learning Your Options and Reaching Your Goals." This event is co-sponsored by the Trustees Council of Penn Women, GAPSA, Penn's Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs, and Career Services. Your registration is requested.
1 - 3pm

BRB I/II
Auditorium

REGISTER
HERE



Tuesday
8
Careers for Women Scientists: Learning Your Options and Reaching Your Goals (PANEL)Join this panel and networking event, Part Two of our "Careers for Scientists: Learning Your Options and Reaching Your Goals" programming. Speakers are scientists in a wide array of fields:
• Susan Weiss, PhD, Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Research Training and Director, Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
• Eve J. Higginbotham, SM, MD Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
• Heather Ansorge, PhD Senior Associate at PwC, PwC Consulting
• Sarah Trice, PhD, Senior Scientist at Merck
• Victoria Tsai, PhD, Business Strategy and Development Manager, Graphene Solutions
• Cynthia N. Fuhrmann, PhD, Assistant Dean, Career & Professional Development, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, University of Massachusetts Medical School
• Pina M. Fratamico, PhD, Research Microbiologist, Lead Scientist, and Acting Research Leader, USDA – ARS, Microbial Food Safety Research Unit
• Additional panelists TBA
Your registration is requested. This event is co-sponsored by the Trustees Council of Penn Women, GAPSA, Penn's Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs, and Career Services.
3:15 - 5pm
Tuesday
15
Faculty Conversations:
Talking About Your Research in Networking and the Job Search (WORKSHOP)
When you are on the academic job market, you will need to be able to talk about your research to both specialists and non-specialists in a clear, concise and interesting manner, and in a variety of different venues. What do you say? How long should you talk? How specific should you be? What is the goal? In this workshop, career counselors will explore the different venues where you might have to talk about your research during the job hunt, and will give some suggestions for preparing to talk about your research. Then, you'll practice doing so.
12 - 1:30pm
McNeil
Building,
Room 97

Thursday
17
Job Search Series:
The Artful Resume
The Artful Resume workshop will focus on the approaches you can use to avoid any miscommunication as you are trying to represent your relevant skills on your resume, and to ensure that you are taking every opportunity to communicate effectively to the various people who will be reading your application materials very critically. If you are struggling with how to write all of those bullet points in your "Relevant Experience" section of your resume, then join us for this workshop where we will help you to take a closer look at your experiences from different perspectives, and think about ways to make these experiences make sense to people who don't know you. We'll use a little art in this workshop to help us illustrate some of the concepts we'll be covering, but what you will learn can be applied to any resume you are working on, whether for internships/jobs in research, business, government, non-profits, or any other career field. This workshop will not cover general resume formatting advice.
4 - 5:30pm
McNeil
Building,
Room 97

Friday
18
U.S. Job Search for International Students Q & A
At this Question and Answer session/workshop, representatives from International Student and Scholar Services and Career Services will discuss visa considerations and job search strategies for international students who are hoping to find employment in the U.S. Most of the hour will be devoted to audience questions.
12 - 1pm
Annenberg, Room 111
REGISTER
HERE

Wednesday
23
Faculty Conversations:
Preparing for the Academic Job Search (WORKSHOP)
Career Services staff will go over the basic aspects of the academic job search and answer questions on preparing written materials, identifying sources of job openings, obtaining recommendations, the academic job search timetable, and getting ready for interviews. Registration is requested.
4 - 6:15pm
Cohen
Hall
G14,
Terrace
Room
REGISTER
HERE

Wednesday
30
Job Search Series: Using Social Media for Networking
It's almost impossible to avoid the talk today: companies have pages on Facebook, professionals are tweeting about industry news, you have a bunch of ignored emails from people who want to connect with you on Linkedin. In this session, we'll look at networking, why social media has become so popular to building a network and how graduate students can utilize these platforms in a professional way. We'll review how to utilize these tools in a way the suits your needs, with an emphasis on LinkedIn, and look at best practices. You just might leave a believer in social media as a resource for your search and professional development.
12 - 1pm
McNeil
Building, Room 97


View our program archives from the Fall 2013 PhD and Postdoc Program Calendar (includes some Program Notes and PowerPoints)

If you have questions related to any of the Spring 2014 programs, please call 215-898-7530.
(WORKSHOP)