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Professional Development in April

Posted Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Back by popular demand! The 2nd annual Leveraging Your PhD in the Workplace will feature GSAS alumni discussing how they made their transition from the PhD into a great variety of careers beyond academe.  Get ready for this big event by first attending Networking Etiquette, in preparation for the many networking opportunities just two days later!

  • Networking Etiquette (with Dean Margot Gill), Wednesday, April 18, 3pm – 5pm (Dudley House Common Room)
    We all know networking is important, but what does it really mean in practice? GSAS Dean Margot Gill and Amy Sanford from OCS will help demystify networking and review critical skills for success as well as share their own personal effective techniques. This interactive workshop will include activities to practice these skills in a relaxed, fun environment. Bring your questions about networking and come develop your schmoozing skills! Co-sponsored by HGWISE, a GSAS Organization.
  • Leveraging Your PhD in the Workplace, Friday, April 20, 2012, 4:00-7:00PM (Dudley House Common Room)
    4:00-5:00pm Nuts and Bolts: Landing a Job in a Tough Economy, Learn job-search strategies from 2012 GSAS grads who have successfully landed jobs.
    5:00-6:30pm Alumni Panel on Leveraging the PhD, Alumni will discuss their own career decision making, how they adapted to their job outside academe, and how the skills and knowledge they developed during their graduate program influenced their success in their career thus far.
    6:30-7:00pm Networking Reception, Take this opportunity to speak with alumni about their specific jobs and career paths.

    Please join us for this event! There are great jobs out there, and those who are most informed and proactive will be the ones to land them!

    Check the OCS web site for the latest details.  This event is co-sponsored with the GSAS Office of Alumni Relations.

Spotlight on Humanists

  • Nonacademic Job Search Strategies for Humanists, Tuesday, April 3, 3:00-5:00pm (Dudley House Common Room)
    As a humanist considering or actively pursuing jobs outside academe, the process can seem daunting.  Come to this workshop to learn specific strategies that will help you find, effectively apply for, and hopefully land in a great job!



Professional Development for Life Scientists

Each spring, OCS brings a series of career and professional development events to the Longwood campus for the convenience of our Longwood-based GSAS students. These events are open to all GSAS students, HMS Quad postdocs and HSPH grad students.


  • Beyond the PhD: Post-docs, Funding, and Academic Jobs, Tuesday, April 10, 5:00pm – 6:30pm (260 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA (TMEC 227, Longwood Medical Area)
    Come hear from Division of Medical Sciences faculty and post-doctoral fellows and learn how to: 1) land a great post-doctoral research position, and 2) begin preparing for the faculty job search during your post-doc. You'll also learn about funding sources and strategies for postdoctoral research and beyond.




  • Job Search for International Students, Monday, April 16, 5pm – 7pm (OCS Reading Room)
    Come hear from Dan Beaudry, author of “Power Ties: The International Student’s Guide to Finding Jobs in the United States.”  Learn tips for how to overcome shyness, strategies for navigating the U.S. job market and how to maximize your chances of landing a job in the U.S. Dan is the Director of Business Development for Going Global, Inc. and former head of campus recruiting for
  • Negotiating for Women, Monday, April 23, 4pm – 6pm (Modell Immunology Center, Fred S. Lecture Hall, Room 100A)
    Watch the OCS web site for more details coming soon! Please RSVP by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, G-level, and department. Co-sponsored by HGWISE, a GSAS organization.
  • Career Transition Work Group, Tuesdays, April 24- May 15, 3pm – 5pm (May 8: 3-5pm) (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, brainstorming, and exploring career options. Space is limited and registration is required for this workshop series. Please make every effort to commit to all four meetings. Eligibility: PhD students and alumni from all GSAS departments. Registration: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your G-level (or year of graduation) and department.
  • Preparing for the Academic Job Market: CVs and Cover Letters, Wednesday, April 25, 9:30am – 11:00am (OCS Conference Room)
    If you’re planning to go on the academic job market this fall, begin preparing your documents now! Your CV and cover letter are the first documents that academic search committees see. Come to this workshop to learn how to create a dynamic, graphically pleasing CV and craft a compelling, tailored cover letter that will help propel you to the next step in this challenging market.
  • Business Management - Innovation Edition, Wednesday, April 25, 3:00pm – 6:00pm (Aldrich 007, Harvard Business School)
    See the OCS website for additional details and registration information coming soon.
  • Preparing for the Job Search: Resumes & Cover Letters, Friday, April 27, 1:00pm – 2:30pm (OCS Conference Room)
    As we are experiencing one of the most challenging job markets in decades, employers are shifting away from on-campus recruiting and gearing their hiring efforts to “just-in-time” hiring. Learn tips on how to tighten and tailor your resume to be ready when the first companies activate their search for newly minted PhD candidates.



  • Science Policy Careers Symposium, Wednesday, May 2, 9:30am – 12:30pm (Longwood Campus)
    Full program will be repeated: Wednesday, May 2, 3pm – 6pm, Cambridge Campus
    Please watch the OCS website for more information coming soon!



To stay informed about job opportunities, career workshops, job fairs, and other events, we encourage you to subscribe to either or both of our GSAS-focused listservs. To receive information related to academic or nonacademic careers, just go to and click on “For Students,” then “Join OCS ListServs.” These listservs are our primary mode of communication with graduate students, so we strongly encourage you to subscribe!


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