Posts tagged Professional Skills

2014 NeXXt Scholars Program

Rachel Howell
September 5, 2014
Posted in Announcements

The New York Academy of Sciences in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and a consortium of 38 women’s colleges launched the NeXXt Scholars Program, now entering its 3rd year, to help engage and advance American women and women from countries with predominantly Muslim populations in pursuit of undergraduate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) academic fields.

ASPIRE Modules: 2014 Fall Courses announced

Kate Stuart
August 13, 2014

The BRET Office of Career Development is excited to announce new programming being offered this fall as part of the ASPIRE Program! We are introducing five new ASPIRE Modules designed to provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with career exploration and training enhancement opportunities. The ASPIRE Modules are short, non-credit-bearing courses intended to help you develop professional skills in business, clinical research, and communication.

CIRTL Fall 2014 Course Registration Opens July 21

Rachel Howell
July 10, 2014
Posted in Announcements

Center for Research, Teaching, and Learning CIRTL Fall 2014 course registration opens on Monday, July 21, 2014. CIRTL is excited to offer a great collection of courses and short courses, including a new CIRTL MOOC! Visit http://www.cirtl.net/courses/semesterofferingscurrent for more information and to register.

Use Spreadsheets to Keep Your Job Search Organized

Rachel Howell
June 30, 2014

Spreadsheets are great for analyzing data, making lists, and sorting large amounts of information. But spreadsheets are also a wonderful resource for your job search. Excel -- or even a Google shared spreadsheet -- offers a multi-tabbed document option where you can store all aspects of your job search. Use one tab to gather deadlines and other applications of interest. Mark another tab to track your progress and where you have applied. Brainstorm networking contacts and future informational interviews on another. Save websites and email addresses for employers.

gradLEAF

Rachel Howell
June 26, 2014

Developed by the Vanderbilt University Graduate School, gradLEAF was created by pooling together all available professional development resources for graduate students at Vanderbilt University. This project is run out of the Peabody Office of Professional and Graduate Education (POPGE) and led by Dr. Craig Anne Heflinger, Associate Dean for Graduate Students.  

Polite Persistence

Rachel Howell
June 24, 2014

At a recent CV/Resume Drop-In Clinic, a postdoc asked us about the correct procedure for following up with an alumnus who had agreed to look at his resume. The postdoc felt the in-person interaction was worthwhile, but the alumnus had not responded to the email. Should he email again if he doesn’t hear anything? 

How to Get the Most out of a Scientific Conference

Rachel Howell
June 24, 2014

During your scientific conference or the BRET Career Symposium you wrote a bunch of notes in the program, heard some interesting advice, and maybe even made some connections. But now what? This is a great time to make some plans! Write out four different goals that you hope to achieve and when you hope to achieve them. Then, put them in your calendar for future referral so you don’t forget about your ideas. Some ideas include:

Time Management Skills

Rachel Howell
June 23, 2014

It seems, especially in the fall semester of the academic year, there are numerous new seminars, classes, and opportunities that are just too good to pass up. The programs usually have a lot to offer in terms of learning, self-assessment, and – let’s be honest – free snacks! While taking advantage of all the awesome opportunities Vanderbilt has to offer, it can sometimes be hard to balance time management.

"Conference Commando," 15 Tips from Keith Ferrazzi

Kate Stuart
June 18, 2014

A conference is a huge opportunity to build a relationship with extraordinary people, people who might have significant impact on your professional or personal success. To make sure that you maximize the return on your (and your organization's) investment of time and money to attend, you can't afford to be a conference commoner. You have to be a Conference Commando.  - "15 Tip from Keith Ferrazzi: Conference Commando"

Data Management/REDCap Free Online Training

Kate Stuart
June 6, 2014
Posted in Announcements

A new online course offering free online training in Data Management and REDCap starts June 2, 2014. The course is available to anyone at no cost (regardless of location or institution affiliation) and will run approximately 5-weeks. This course is designed to teach important concepts related to research data planning, collection, storage and dissemination.

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