How to market yourself, excel at interviews, and secure the job you desire

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduate programs in the United States do an excellent job of preparing students for careers in academia. As early career professionals and a growing number of reports note, however, many STEM graduates (including those with advanced degrees) are interested in employment in sectors beyond the professoriate.

Scientists continue to report that they feel ill-prepared and ill-equipped to pursue employment in these settings.

To help scientists identify and successfully transition into the careers they desire, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) developed Employment Acquisition Skills Boot Camp for Scientists. This intensive multi-day program blends lecture and hands-on exercises. Designed by scientists with years of work experience in diverse settings and a career coach, the program provides graduate students to senior scientists with the information, tools, and resources required to successfully identify and secure employment in a diversity of careers, including science policy, communications, researchers or program managers in the private sector, research funding organizations, non-profit management, international development, government agencies, and others.

Course participants will:

  • Identify and clarify career interests and opportunities;
  • Learn to communicate their knowledge and skills to employers;
  • Develop strategies for finding employment;
  • Develop application materials with feedback from instructors;
  • Prepare for and practice different interview styles and scenarios.

Click here to view general program agenda

Who should take this course?
Current graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and scientists interested in transitioning to a new employment sector.

Date and Location
This course will be offered online in three half-day sessions conducted on September 25, October 2, and October 9, 2020. The program will be offered live from 12:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern Time.

The registration fee covers instruction, materials, and resources.

Individual Rate:$275.00/person
Nominated by AIBS Member Organization:   $225.00/person
Group Rate*:$225.00/person

*More than 4 individuals from the same organization being paid for by a single source.

Registration for the 2020 program is now closed.

The program will next be offered in 2021. To receive updates on this program, please complete the below form.

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