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

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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
http://www.assessment.com/memberCenter/OnlineOutput/RetrieveFCA.asp?ML=EN
Work preference assessment
http://www.careerperfect.com/content/career-planning-work-preference-inventory).
Career Center on Campus
What skills do you bring to the table?

Identify the skills required for your career

Highlight
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
Skills
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?
Values
1. Does this job fulfill your top three values?
2. How many of your values does it fit?
Resume/CV
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
mmbrooks@umd.edu

Resources
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
myIDP
http://www.counseling.umd.edu/cs/counseling/career/
Career Assessment Tools
https://www.livecareer.com/quintessential/career-assessment
Versatile PhD
(lots of career planning tools, UMD students)
https://gradschool.umd.edu/students/opportunities-success/multiple-career-paths/versatile-phd
University of Wisconsin IDP
(tailored to STEM grad students
https://grad.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/UWIDP.pdf
Chronicle of Higher Education
: Job advertisements, career development tools & blog
https://chroniclevitae.com/
Inside Higher Ed
: Job advertisements for academic and al-ac jobs
https://www.insidehighered.com/
University of Maryland Graduate School
(Dr. Susan Martin)
For events: http://gradschool.umd.edu/calendar
https://www.training.nih.gov/career_services/postdoc_jobs_nih
http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/
Federal positions
:
https://www.usajobs.gov/
Work in groups of 2
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