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Tomorrow’s Professor: Finding Teaching Experience When You’re Not a TA

Jun. 24, 2019—Finding Teaching Experience When You’re Not a TA is a great resource from the Tomorrow’s Professor blog, curated by Rick Reis.  

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Teaching Statements: an expansive guide via the VU Center for Teaching

Jan. 2, 2018—If you are not sure where to begin or your current one needs some work, this Vanderbilt Center for Teaching website covers a lot of useful ground on Teaching Statement execution, evaluation, and exercises. Don't miss out on this excellent resource: https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/teaching-statements/

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2017-18 PhD Career Connections series start August 9th!

Jul. 7, 2017—  Mark your calendars! The first seminar in or PhD Career Connections series will be on Wednesday, August 9th! If you are interested in participating as a moderator or assisting in any way with this year's seminars, please send an email to angela.zito@vanderbilt.edu indicating your career interests and desire to be a part of this program (in...

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NIH BEST’s PhD/Postdoc blog series: Edward van Opstal and Communicating Through Teaching

Apr. 5, 2017—Edward van Opstal's second blog post for the NIH BEST's PhD/Postdoc blog series has posted! This month he discusses Communicating Through Teaching.  Check it out at the link below:   http://www.nihbest.org/phdpostdoc-blog/edward-van-opstal-communicating-through-teaching/

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“Creativity in the Shadows: Working Beyond the Tenure Track” Wednesday, April 5th

Mar. 27, 2017—Kim Petrie, from the BRET Office of Career Development will be a featured panelist in the final event in the Women in the Academy Series. This program sponsored by thr Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center offers PhD students a chance to reflect on the ways gender affects their experience as they begin their professional journey in...

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Science Careers 2017 Career Handbook available for download

Mar. 24, 2017—  Science Careers has teamed up with some great organizations to bring you information about the latest career opportunities in many different fields. The profiles included in this booklet give you a sense of the types of organizations that are accepting resumes and the kinds of positions they offer. We've also included some articles with...

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BRET’s own Edward van Opstal featured NIH BEST blogger

Mar. 3, 2017—NIH BEST's PhD/Postdoc blog series features scientists at different stages of career development and includes BRET's very own Edward van Opstal! He will be discussing training in science communication. Check out his first post at the link below:   http://www.nihbest.org/phdpostdoc-blog/edward-van-opstal-finding-my-scientific-voice/  

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Summer webinars through the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

Jun. 6, 2016—On March 10th, Vanderbilt University became an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. The Provost’s Office has partnered with the NCFDD to provide professional development, training, and mentoring along with resources that are broadly applicable across many disciplines.  There are several NCFDD webinars taking place over the summer which you...

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Vanderbilt is now an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

Mar. 11, 2016—As part of its commitment to supporting and expanding diversity, Vanderbilt University has become an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. The NCFDD is an independent organization dedicated to professional development, training and mentoring, helping faculty make successful transitions throughout their careers. It comprises more than 80,000 graduate students, postdocs and...

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“PhD Career Finder” tool on Versatile PhD

Jul. 31, 2015—The Versatile PhD (VPhD, for short, in this blog post) is an online resource and community for PhDs considering careers outside the "traditional" academic faculty route. The Vanderbilt Graduate School is an institutional subscriber to VPhD, so Vanderbilt students and postdocs have access to all of VPhD's premium content. This includes real-life examples of PhDs and ABDs who...

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50 Most Common Interview Questions (great blog post from Glassdoor)

May. 1, 2015—Prepping for a job interview? Courtesy of Glassdoor, here's a list of 50 common interview questions you should be ready to answer in your interview. 

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Guest Blog Post: So you want to be a science writer?

Jan. 13, 2015—While moving away from the bench toward a science-writing career can feel daunting, it is possible (and as this collection of science writer origin stories shows, lots of folks have done it). When you’re interested in any career, whether it’s one at the bench or not, the best way to eventually get the job that...

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Science and Technology Policy Fellowships, Full Listing

Dec. 1, 2014—This post includes a full listing of Fellowships available with a career interest in Science & Technology Policy. This list was last updated in December 2014. If you see any errors in the links or listing, please contact Kate Stuart (kate.stuart@vanderbilt.edu) to advise on broken or changed links.   Science Policy Fellowships offered by AAAS partner...

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PhD Jobs: How To Transition From Academia Into Business

Sep. 17, 2014—“I sent resumes to over 200 companies during my last year of graduate school and heard back from exactly zero of them. It was embarrassing. And confusing. I guess I just assumed that big corporations would fall all over themselves trying to hire me once I had a PhD. Not so much. Getting my PhD turned...

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“The Afterbirth and the Academy,” Vitae

Aug. 6, 2014—“When people asked me what I expected from childbirth, I told them that I thought it would be bloody and painful. And it was. But what nobody tells you about having a baby is that the delivery may be the easiest part. Contrary to popular belief, what comes afterward isn’t instant bliss; the first weeks...

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Tips on How to Use Your Time More Effectively

Jun. 25, 2014—Time management is absolutely a skill. But there is a simple way to potentially save you hours of time each week by investing a total of five minutes. Check out this article written by Bruce Kasanoff to detail how to do it.   Once you figure out your weaknesses in time wasting, further tweak your productivity with...

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How do I tell my PI?

Apr. 21, 2014—Grad students and postdocs are often apprehensive about talking to their faculty adviser about their career interests, especially if their interests lie outside the “traditional” career path of becoming a tenure-track professor at a university. But did you know that only ~15% of biomedical sciences PhDs go on to become tenure-track professors? That’s right… 85%...

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Is your job search out of control?

Feb. 11, 2014—“Career Mojo: Is your job search out of control?” by Dana Manciagli, The Business Journals What is your job search like? I’ll bet, like so many others, you’re applying to lots and lots of positions, you’re following up on just a few (and only once for those,) and you’re not doing “precision networking.” Read more…

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