From PhD Candidate to Life Coach: Rethinking Success after Graduate School
Speaker: Jennifer Polk (FromPhDtoLife.com)
How I went from a self-described loser with a PhD to a coach and businesswoman. During graduate school, I came to believe in the standard narrative of success in academia; afterward, I embraced a new definition of success, one that is rooted in my own values, strengths, and lifestyle desires. The talk will introduce concepts important to any transition: values and strengths, identity recrafting, redefining success, taking risks, and getting support.
The Enjoyment of Employment: Finding the Right Corporate Culture
Facilitator: Doug Kalish (UC Berkeley Visiting Scholar)
Are you considering a non-academic career after graduate school or your postdoc? Are you aware of the different kinds of workplace cultures you’ll encounter? People look for different things in a job: one person might want to change the world, while another just wants a paycheck. Matching your work personality to the culture of the organization is one of the prime factors in workplace happiness. In this workshop you’ll assess your workplace personality which we will then match against different work environments to see what kinds of organizations are compatible with your work style. We’ll end with a checklist and timeline for starting your job search so that you’ll be fully prepared when the time comes.
Before the workshop, go to http://www.dougsguides.com/personality, take the personality assessment and bring the results with you.
Negotiating Job Offers
Facilitators: Karen Myers (UCSB Dept. Communication) and David Seibold (UCSB College of Engineering, TMP)
UCSB Professors Karen Myers (Communication) and David Seibold (Technology Management Program) will discuss the basics of negotiating job offers, including how negotiating job offers can affect your salary, well-being, and relationships with your future co-workers. Participants will learn what issues can be negotiated and techniques for making negotiations more effective.
Who You Know: The Power of Networking and Mentoring
Facilitator: Ronald B. Adler (Santa Barbara City College)
There have been significant changes in the world of work in the past several years, but one statistic has remained remarkably constant: approximately 80% of jobs are secured directly or indirectly through personal connections. Especially outside the walls of academia, the value of developing a solid network in terms of career – and professional – development is substantial. This workshop will dig into all things networking, including different types and forums, how to successfully activate personal and digital networks, and effective ways of crafting your message. There will also be discussion on leveraging your connections to potentially form mentor relationships.
HFA-SS Career Panel 1: Publishing, Policy, and Service
Panelists: Karen Schultz Anderson (Formerly Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation at the Presidio and Casa de la Guerra; UCSB Department of Anthropology), Rose Elfman (Journal of Haitian Studies and Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies), Brandon Fastman (The Independant), Rachel Parker (USAID and STPI)
Graduate work provides an invaluable foundation for professional opportunities that require interfacing with the public. From editing academic journals to influencing public policy, the ability to convey complex histories, contexts, and technical information to wider, non-specialized audiences transcends disciplinary and professional boundaries. This panel focuses on the way that graduate degrees in the humanities and social sciences prepare candidates to navigate a wide array of historical, global, or professional cultures with confidence.
STEM Career Panel 1: Navigating the Government and Nonprofit Sectors
Panelists: Alison Hatt (LBNL), Theresa Lancy (Safe Water International),Tepring Piquado (RAND Corporation), Ashley White (U.S. Green Building Council)
Of the many non-academic career tracks in STEM fields, many of them exist in the government and nonprofit sectors. This panel will feature speakers with diverse backgrounds and careers, ranging from research in national laboratories to science policy and work in nonprofit organizations. Panelists will discuss their career trajectories and insights to their career environment, in addition to open Q&A with the audience.
HFA-SS Career Panel 2: Curricular Development and Administration
Panelists: Elizabeth Goodhue (Center for Community Learning, UCLA), Robert Hamm (UCSB Graduate Division), Richard Zeiger (CA Board of Education)
Every educational institution relies on a vast network of individuals and organizations to fulfill its research and pedagogical missions. Research institutes and government education agencies are two examples of organizations that rely on professionals with the skills fostered through graduate study. The panelists in this session offer insights on how they impact education through curricular development and administration. They discuss their career paths in which they have played an important role in influencing education despite being situated outside the professoriate and the classroom.
STEM Career Panel 2: Navigating Industry and Start-Up Sectors
Panelists: Eoghan Dillon (Anasys Instruments), Adam Lichtl (SpaceX), John Parker (Aurrion Inc.), Charles Frazier (Apeel Sciences)
This panel continues the discussion of alternate STEM careers for graduate students and post-doctorates in the industry. The variety of opportunities and career paths possible in the industry sector will be discussed, in addition to open Q&A with the attending audience.