|Scientists collect and analyze data before coming to a conclusion, right? Well, use that same approach when thinking about your career. Here are some data related to the current job market - read on and make your own conclusions about what's the best path for you:
The Career Development Office will host seminars related to different career options, so keep an eye out for these opportunities. In the meantime, however, here are a number of articles about some of the things you can do with your career.
In addition, there are now many different websites devoted to PhD career paths. Here are some helpful FREE websites: 2
To succeed in any field, you need to be able to communicate why you are the right person for the job. We can help you hone these skills, so check the Career Development Office (CDO) Events Calendar
for seminars and workshops related to effective communication. In addition, the Writing Center
is always available to provide feedback on your materials, and you can read the articles below for other helpful hints:
Academic careers are not one-size fits all. However, there are aspects of an academic career that are relatively the same: research, teaching, and service. How much you do these activities will vary based on your specific type of academic position, but the resources herein will help you gain experience with the non-research based requirements of a career in academia.
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The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) is a great University resource that offers training and education related to faculty appointments. CFD offers lunch and learns, mini-courses, book clubs, and much, much more! Plus, if you can't make it in-person, you can participate in any of their sessions virtually using Zoom. Contact them if you have any questions, but start taking advantage of this great resource today!
The University is also a sustaining member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), which offers ample information and resources related to teaching and mentoring. Become a member for free at https://www.cur.org/.
Additionally, the University is a sustaining member of the Center for Faculty Develoment and Diversity. Joining this organization provides access to a number of resources and training modules for developing your teaching portfolio. You can become a member at https://www.facultydiversity.org/institutions/university-of-colorado-denver.
- Teaching in today's world takes many forms, and there is an increasing emphasis on online teaching. You can begin your online teaching by participating in the Online Skills Mastery course offered by CU Online. This course is free, and you will learn about good digital pedagogy and how to effectively use platforms like Canvas. CU Online also offers shorter online teaching workshops and they are a great digital teaching resource.
- Backward course design: This is one of the key approaches to effectively creating a course. If you begin at the end with what you want your students to know and to be able to do at the end of your course, it becomes much easier to design content and assignments that will get them there. Dr. Cori Fata-Harley has a great presentation on backward course design.
- The Teaching Statement or Philosophy. This is your explanation of how you approach teaching, and why you approach it the way you do. Here are a number of articles about teaching statements that you might find useful:
When you think you're about ready to apply for that faculty position, you might want to check out this presentation on academic faculty applications or read this guidebook for Building Academic Job Applications.
Mentoring is a two-way street: you and your mentor(s) are both responsible for establishing an effective relationship. As such, you should take an active role in your mentoring relationships - afterall, this is YOUR career! So, how do you do that? Well, you can start by discussing expectations with your mentor(s) - the AAMC has a great guide for starting that conversation. In addition to that compact, here are some other resources to get you started:
- In addition to your local mentor(s), the NIH has created the National Research Mentoring Network to help connect biomedical, behavioral, social, and clinical science researchers, postdocs, and students from across the United States. They offer a free social networking platform called MyNRMN where you can find additional mentors or just expand your professional network.
Whether you remain inside or outside of academia, you'll need buisness and managment skills. Running a lab is a lot like running a business: you need to manage people, budgets, and time. If you head for industry, business and managment skills are requisite. Here are some resources to expand your business and management skillset:
Business concepts for biomedical scientists
Although it may not seem obvious, scientists are natural entrepreneurs. Here are a couple of avenues for you to cultivate your entrepreneurial spirit:
Management is a key aspect of non-academic careers: you need to manage people, budgets, projects, and your time. Start preparing for these aspects now and make yourself more competitive for positions outside of academia!
Effective communication is a critical component of successful science. If you find writing one of the more rewarding aspects of your scientific career, you might want to consider it as a stand-alone career.
Science policy careers offer you an opportunity to apply your scientific expertise and communication skills on behalf of all mankind. Sound intriguing? There are a number of science policy fellowships that can both help you prepare for, and learn more about, science policy careers. If you'd like to learn more, here are a couple of places to start:
Leadership and Managment Workhop
Workshops will be offered twice a year and will be advertised by email and flyers on campus ~3-weeks prior. You also can find upcoming workshops anytime on the CDO Events Calendar at www.ucdenver.edu/CDO-Events