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How to Start a Job Search...or What Do I Do with this Ph.D.?

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michelle brooks

on 26 September 2016

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How to Start a Job Search...
or, What Can I Do With a Ph.D.?

Learning Goals
Identify interests, skills, & values
Find jobs that correlate to these interests, skills, & values

Exercise 1
Identifying your interests
Exercise 2
Identifying your skill set
Exercise 3
Interests & Skills
Exercise 4
Identifying your values
There are multiple ways to assess your interests, below is a short questionnaire that begins to explore the areas of interest that can affect a job search. Additionally, there are multiple skills/interest assessments on line; you’ll have to pay for some of the better ones, but you can also contact the campus career center for more help.
MAPP Assessment
Work preference assessment
Career Center on Campus
What skills do you bring to the table?

Identify the skills required for your career

transferable skills
in your resume/CV
Summary of Qualifications

Attain skills needed
This exercise focuses on identifying skills associated with a single activity

Work in small groups (2-3)
You can also identify your skills by reflecting on

- the outside activities you enjoy

- positive feedback you've received

- the times you feel most confident and capable
What matters to you in a job environment?
Putting it all together....
Look at the job advertisements provided & choose one that looks interesting to you
1. Does your skill set match the required skills for the job?
2. If you are lacking a skill, could you do something to attain it?
1. Does this job fulfill your top three values?
2. How many of your values does it fit?
1. How would you structure your CV/resume to highlight your transferable skills?
2. Would an overview of your qualifications be helpful?
You can also use this method to prepare for a type of job, rather than a specific job announcement
Michelle Brooks, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Biological Sciences Grad Program

NIH post doc positions
For STEM positions
: follow @BISIumd
Next Gen PhD: A Guide to Career Paths in Science
Melanie V. Sinche, Harvard University Press, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-674-50465-3
Career Assessment Tools
Versatile PhD
(lots of career planning tools, UMD students)
University of Wisconsin IDP
(tailored to STEM grad students
Chronicle of Higher Education
: Job advertisements, career development tools & blog
Inside Higher Ed
: Job advertisements for academic and al-ac jobs
University of Maryland Graduate School
(Dr. Susan Martin)
For events: http://gradschool.umd.edu/calendar
Federal positions
Work in groups of 2
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