Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Workshops, job postings, events and resources

February 2, 2016

Events & Activities
Ph.D. & Master's Virtual Career Fair
March 2, 2016

Graduate students, postdocs, and alumni invited to attend this virtual career fair, sponsored by theGraduate Career Consortium. Meet recruiters live online. It's easy & efficient! Full-time, post-doctoral and internship opportunities available. More information

Fellowships & Internships
WorkART Kunstverein Fellowship Program
Application deadline: February 5

Piloted in 2011, the WorkART Fellowship Program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students with a strong interest in art and design to gather valuable work experience in the nonprofit sector at one of Germany’s over 300 community-based nonprofit art associations and galleries. WorkART offers unique insights into Germany’s art world, into exhibiting and organizing art events, and into cultural politics. WorkART fellows also enjoy opportunities to develop social and professional networks in Europe as building blocks for future careers that revolve around the arts and arts management. The program is a NO STUDIO program. Students from any discipline are invited to apply.

Workshops, Seminars & Trainings

Doing Good & Doing Well: Business Ethics and Career SuccessFebruary 5, 2016
How can one incorporate an intentional approach to business ethics and corporate responsibility as part of a successful career path? Most of us want to "do good," and have a positive impact on our colleagues and society, and also to "do well," and reach our own definition of financial and career success. Can you do both? What steps can you take? This webinar will help alumni to plan a strategy for career growth with personal integrity and social responsibility. Register

Launching A New Faculty Career
February 5, 2016

If you're a typical graduate student, you might think that being a new faculty member will be an extension of what you currently do, only with higher stakes: you'll continue to conduct research and teach but now you'll be solely responsible for writing the grants, publishing the articles and teaching the classes. However, such thinking can be short-sighted, because as a new faculty member, you'll also have to deal with a whole new set of issues like understanding the new school's culture, navigating departmental politics and surviving that mysterious time-suck known as committee work. At this workshop, panelists from a variety of institutions (both in Minnesota and in other states) will talk about their experience as new faculty members and how to survive those early years. Register

Generations in the Workplace
February 25, 2016

This event will feature a speaker and panel discussion on why generational differences in the workplace matter, the benefits to understanding and accommodating each one, and how new a understanding of generational differences can contribute to productivity and effectiveness in your workplace.

Through our alumni panelists and speaker, attendees will be introduced to three generations in today’s workplace: Boomers - born 1946-1964; Generation-X - born 1965-1981; and Millennials - born 1982-2000. For each generation, we will discuss some formative events, communication styles, learning styles, and attitudes toward work and the workplace. Register

Searching for Interdisciplinary Research and Grant OpportunitiesFebruary 26, 2016
Interdisciplinary OpportunityIn this hands-on session we will focus on best practices for effective searching for interdisciplinary topics in both the research literature and in databases that cover upcoming grant opportunities. Searching for interdisciplinary subjects often means using a wider variety of indexes as well as carefully selecting and combining terms. In the grants databases the strategies for choosing terms can a bit different, and their organization also varies from the traditional article index. The focus will be on efficient use of these resources and there will be time for investigation into topics of interest to attendees. Register

Breaking into Non-Academic Careers: What Alumni and Recruiters Can Share
February 29, 2016

Career pathways for graduate students and postdocs interested in non-academic positions are not always clear. What steps should you take to prepare for a non-academic career? What skills do you need to have when you leave the U of MN in order to be competitive on the job market and succeed in a non-academic career? If you’re interested in pursuing a career outside of academia, you’ll also need to understand differences in workplace culture in non-academic settings. Panelists from industry, government, and the non-profit sector will share insights into their workplace cultures and the skills you need to succeed in an industry, government, or non-profit career. They will also share their personal journeys. How did they decide to pursue their current positions? What have been their career trajectories? Register

Power Up Your Job Search: Strategies and Tools for Finding a Non-Academic Job
March 1, 2016
As a graduate or professional student, you have specialized skills and knowledge that makes you valuable to a range of employers.  At the same time, this can also make the job search more challenging. Conventional online job search tools or career fairs may not work for you.  This workshop will cover the non-academic job search process from start to offer. It will address conducting a self-assessment, planning, and knowing your options. We will also cover the critical skills related to networking and relationship-building. Register

Re-imagining the ResumeMarch 2, 2016
Your resume is a key tool in helping you market yourself to a potential employer.  But that employer will likely spend just seconds looking at your resume before deciding if you’re a viable candidate or not. You can increase the likelihood that your resume will get the attention you’d like by thinking about such things as your audience and the content that’s most relevant for them.  What should you include? How do you tailor your resume depending on the specific organization or position?Register

Win Your Next Job Interview
March 3, 2016
Your CV/resume and cover letter may be fantastic, but effective interviewing skills are as – if not more – important. Interviews can be scary—especially when they include questions like the dreaded, “Tell me about yourself.” Grad students and postdocs at all stages of their programs are invited to this two-hour workshop, where we’ll address general interview preparation for non-academic job searches, and questions such as:
  • How to approach the job interview generally?
  • What questions are expected in non-academic job interviews?
  • How do I answer tough interview questions – including illegal questions?
  • What questions should I ask the interviewers?
  • How and when should I follow up with the interviewers?

The Monster Called NetworkingMarch 4, 2016
Does the word “networking” make you nervous? What can you do to increase your confidence and your ability to make the connections you want? How can you prepare in advance to make the best use of the limited time you’ll have with the employers at a networking event and make sure you stand out? How do you talk about your academic training and skills to employers outside of academia? If you plan to attend the Career Networking Event or just need guidance on improving your networking and job search skills, this event is for you! Register

Research Statements: Developing Effective Written & Spoken Statements
March 10, 2016

Interdisciplinary OpportunityAs scholars we need to be able to write and talk about our research in clear and compelling ways so that audiences – hiring committees, colleagues and students – understand our work. In this workshop session, participants will focus on the development of short spoken and longer written research statements, and on tailoring the statements to particular audiences. Presenter: Ilene D. Alexander, Education Specialist, Center for Educational Innovation
Location: 402 Walter Library Register

Resume Marathon: Individual CV/Resumè and Cover Letter Consultations
March 21, 2016

Just in time for the 2016 Career Networking Event on April 1! Sign up for an individual consultation and critique of your CV/resumè. U of  MN consultants will be available to meet with you for a 20-minute consultation to help you refine these important job search tools to make you more competitive in the job market. These sessions are FREE, but you must register in advance. Space is limited.   

Especially for International Students
Work Authorization and Job Search Strategies for International Graduate Students
March 7, 2016

This session will discuss potential cultural barriers in the non-academic and academic job search processes and what international students need to know about their visa status. Register

International Alumni Career Panel
March 8, 2016

All international graduate students are invited to learn about job search tips and hear professional advice on thriving in the U.S. employment market from accomplished U of M alumni working in different sectors. Register

Effective Workplace Communication
March 9, 2016

International graduate students and postdocs face multiple challenges when hired at a U.S. workplace, including using their language skills for effective work performance, navigating U.S. cultural values with success, and adapting their communication styles to fit a variety of professional contexts. This workshop is designed to help international graduate students and postdocs improve their professional communication skills for their job search and future job performance. Participants will learn an overview of the skills needed to be successful in the U.S. context for the purposes of networking, interviewing, and teamwork. Register

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