The Office of Career Services provides services and resources to meet the specific needs of GSAS students and alumni who are following both academic and nonacademic career pathways.

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Job Seekers: January is Career Development Month

Posted Tuesday, 29 November 2011

The year's most valuable professional development offerings are happening at January@GSAS. Plan to take part!

  • Career Transition Work Group, Tuesdays, January 10–January 31, 2–4 p.m. (begins at 1 p.m. on Jan 24), OCS Seminar Room. In this four session series for PhD students, you will consider whether a nonacademic career is right for you and learn the skills needed to begin the transition through in-depth self-assessment and brainstorming. Space is limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; include your G-level and department.
  • Real-Life Stories from the Academic Job Search, Wednesday, January 11, 4:30­–6 p.m., Dudley House Common Room. Hear the academic job search tales of recently hired PhDs. Panelists will also discuss their new positions and their transitions. Register online now.
  • The Impostor Syndrome: "How to Feel as Smart and Capable as Everyone Seems to Think You Are," a presentation by Dr. Valerie Young. Tuesday, January 17, 5:30–7:30pm, Science Center Hall B. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, a surprising number of bright, capable, and highly successful people dismiss their achievements as due to luck, charm, or other external factors. Individuals suffering from the Imposter Syndrome tend to believe they have somehow managed to “fool” others into thinking they are more competent than they believe themselves to be. When Valerie Young last spoke at Harvard in 2010, over 400 people attended — meaning that if you feel like an imposter, you’re hardly alone! Join us for this engaging exploration of the Imposter Syndrome and learn some strategies to overcome it.
  • Retooling: Job Search Boot Camp, Wednesday, January 18, 3–5 p.m., Dudley House Common Room.  Are you looking for a nonacademic job or internship, but aren’t sure how to go about it? Are you nervous about the realities of a recession economy and wondering how you can navigate it successfully? Come to this workshop and find out how to catch up fast on what you need to know to find a job outside the academy. Space is limited and registration is required. Register online now.
  • NIH Career Day, Friday, January 20, Times and Locations TBA. Presentations will be held on the Longwood and Cambridge Campuses. As a life scientist, you recognize the National Institutes of Health as the primary and pre-eminent source of funding for biomedical and health research in the United States. Have you ever considered doing research on the NIH campus? Join us for several presentations to learn about opportunities. Also learn tips and tricks for writing grant proposals for NIH funding.
  • The Art of Self-Marketing: Your Online Social Networking Presence, Friday, January 20, 4–6 p.m., Dudley House Common Room. Your  presence online is just as important as how you present yourself in person, but how do we navigate today's social media successfully to expand our professional network? We will cover sending professional emails, creating and updating your LinkedIn profile, as well as the content and format of individual professional websites, so please bring your questions for the discussion! This event is co-sponsored by HGWISE and OCS. REGISTRATION is required. Register online now.
  • Job Search Tough Questions and Negotiations, Wednesday, January 25, 9:30–11 a.m., OCS Conference Room.  Have you received an invitation to interview for an academic or nonacademic job? What question do you dread most? Do you have an important personal issue that impacts on your decision to accept a job offer, such as the “two-body problem,” work visa issues, family considerations, need for a workplace accepting of your sexual orientation, religion, or other concern? Attend this discussion led by all three of the GSAS career counselors and bring your toughest questions! Register online now.
  • Talk Your Way into a Great Job, Tuesday, January 31, 2–3:30 p.m., OCS Seminar Room. The best way to find the perfect job is to meet with and gather information from people already working in your field of interest. This workshop will demystify the process of networking and give you practical tips on how to actually get out there. Register online now.