ASPIRE Café for Postdoctoral Fellows

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Postdoctoral Fellows,

If you have not already had the chance to attend, please come for coffee and pastries to a Postdoctoral ASPIRE Café for Career Planning session to learn more about the Vanderbilt ASPIRE Program and to explore topics in career development and professionalism. 

ASPIRE Café sessions are led by Ashley Brady, PhD., ASPIRE Program Manager,(unless otherwise noted).  The schedule can be seen below and at the following link. 

Orientation to BRET Resources for Postdocs provides an overview of the ASPIRE and Career Development programs and helps postdoctoral fellows find out how to become involved in our activities.  This session should only be attended once, as the content will be repeated each time.

All other sessions will feature specific career development or professionalism topics, such as converting your CV into a powerful résumé, networking strategies, writing a winning cover letter, informational interviewing, finding funding for your research, Leveraging LinkedIN, Preparing for a teaching demo, and grant resources at Vanderbilt.  This will be an informal session where conversation and questions are encouraged.  Since this topic will change each meeting, feel free to attend as often as you wish.  

Topics for 2017:
(Detailed Session Summaries and Slide Sets)

Date Topic              Location
Jan 10 Orientation to BRET Resources for Postdocs LH 306A&B
Jan 24 Mastering the Art of Job Talk LH 306A&B
Feb 14 Everyday Networking LH 306A&B
Feb 28 Project Management 101 LH 306A&B
Mar 14 Effective Mentoring: Developing Your Own Style LH 306A&B
Mar 28 Orientation to BRET Resources for Postdocs LH 306A&B
Apr 11

Navigating the NIH

LH 306A&B
Apr 25 From CV to Resume LH 306A&B
May 9 Who Would You Choose? Hiring Manager Role Play

LH 306A&B

May 23 Maximizing Your Networking at the BRET 25th Reunion LH 306A&B
Jun 13 Acing the Video Interview LH 306A&B
Jun 27 Exploring and Preparing for Faculty Careers LH 306A&B
  ***NOTE new DAY, TIME and Venue starting in July!***  
Jul 13 NO Session Scheduled ---
July 27 Lean Lab Management: Increasing Productivity and Reducing Costs LH 350


Archived: ASPIRE Cafe 2015 Schedule
Archived ASPIRE Cafe 2016 Schedule

Please join us for our next meeting:

2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month  
9:00-10:00 am
Location varies

Starting in July-- ASPIRE Cafe will be moving to Thursdays from 3-4pm in 350 Light Hall!


Questions or suggestions for other topics?  Email Ashley Brady at