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Preparing Future Professionals

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Thinking about a career in business, government, or the non-profit sector? These sessions will help you to decide what type of position could be best for you. Join us for National Labs Day or any of the other workshops in this series — topics include how to choose between the academy and industry, how or if you should prepare for a postdoctoral position, the transition away from graduate school, and discussions of careers and opportunities in specific fields, among others.

While this programming may be most helpful for students who are nearing the end of their graduate careers and beginning to explore their job prospects, new students are also encouraged to attend. It's never too early to start positioning yourself for the career you want!

In addition to the sessions listed below, be sure to check out the online resources that are available here (look under "Job Market and Beyond") for even more information.


Sessions in this track include:

 

Data Analysis in Python Workshop

(Cross-listed with Preparing Future Faculty)
This workshop is designed to help beginning programmers quickly get up to speed with the Python programming language for the purpose of analyzing common types of scientific datasets.  The workshop will start with Python basics, and cover the nuts and bolts of reading, cleaning, manipulating, and crunching data in Python, as well as common pitfalls and how to avoid them.  Participants will become familiar with the Python modules most helpful for data analysis: Numpy, Scipy, Pandas, and Matplotlib. 

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User Experience in the Technology Industry

What is the role of a human factors and user experience researcher in the technology industry? This talk will cover insights on user research during product lifecycles, key skills found in the trade, and comparisons between academia and industry.
 

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Connecting Innovations with Entrepreneurship

Learn the art of investing your "intellectual capital." This seminar will provide best practices for graduate student researchers who want to be prepared when their research extends beyond the academic world and into the business world, and who want to avoid the pitfalls that lie along the path between these worlds.  Dr. Schuerman will share his own experiences as a Ph.D. student in genetics at UC Davis and a USDA Postdoctoral Fellow, and his transition into working on partnerships between universities and businesses.  Dr. Schuerman is the founding member and architect of UC Berkeley’s Industry Alliances Office, and he previously held positions at Texas A&M, University of Florida, and Rice University.  
 

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National Labs Day 

Join a panel of scientists from the National Laboratories as they discuss their work, employment opportunities in the national laboratories, and how best to prepare for jobs in the national labs. 

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Jobs for Social Scientists and Humanists in Industry, Government, and Non-Profit Sectors 

Join a panel of Ph.D.s in the social sciences and humanities working in industry, business, and government or humanities or social sciences as they discuss opportunities in these fields. Topics covered will include the panel's reflections on their past and current positions, employment opportunities in these sectors, the transition from graduate school into the professional world, and things to consider when preparing for the job market.

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Preparing for the Postdoctoral Position

Join a panel of postdocs as they discuss their experiences in finding and securing a postdoctoral position, making the transition from graduate student to postdoc, what they do in their position, how the postdoc has helped propel them to the next step in their careers, and deciding where to go from the postdoc.

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Jobs for Natural Scientists and Engineers in Industry and Government 

Panel members who hold Ph.D.s in the natural sciences or engineering and are working in industry, business, and government and science and engineering will discuss opportunities in these fields. Topics covered will include the panel's reflections on their past and current positions, employment opportunities in these sectors, the transition from graduate school into the professional world, and things to consider when preparing for the job market.

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Choosing Between Academic and Nonacademic Sector Jobs: A Conversation with Faculty with Experience in Both Sectors 

This forum is designed for students in engineering and natural sciences who are considering job opportunities for PhDs in industry and the academy. Our panel of faculty, who have worked in both industry and the academy, will discuss the pros and cons of both fields and answer questions about their experiences and how students can best position themselves for their desired field.

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