Career Center

Career Transition Planning - Session Descriptions


April 3, 2012


Session 1 – Assessing your Career and Professional Interests
Tentative Presenter: Jeffrey Bird, MD, PhD, Director, Sutter Hill Ventures

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Use of career interest assessment tool (taken ahead of time) allows for a look at potential career options and clarification of professional interests;
  • Discussion of techniques and resources for exploring various options presented by the assessment;
  • Advice on the next steps of exploration and planning.

Recommended reading: Successful Career Management: Strategies Beyond Technical Preparation, Robert Donald

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April 17, 2012


Session 2 – Professional Network Development and Strategy: Developing Your Professional Image

Presenter: Stephanie K. Eberle, M.Ed., Manager of Educational Resources and Client Services, School of Medicine Career Center 
Topics to be addressed include:

  • Applying the information learned from the last two sessions to understand how to learn more about options and opportunities;
  • The importance of developing extensive professional networks in a global economy, regardless of market conditions;
  • Appropriate use and leveraging of online networking tools; how hiring managers use these tools;
  • Key professional and personal skill sets employers seek; tactics for marketing your unique training experiences and qualifications.

Recommended reading: Strengths Finder, Tom Rath; GO Put Your Strengths to Work, Marcus Buckingham, 29% Solution, Ivan R. Misner

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April 24, 2012


Session 3 –Creating your Own Marketing Plan I: CVs, Resumes & Cover Letters
Presenter:  Stephanie K. Eberle, M.Ed., and Carla Vaccarezza, School of Medicine Career Center

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Discussion of the importance of creative marketing strategy in selling your credentials in an increasingly online world;
  • Methods for effectively developing your “brand” through application documents, websites, and online networking tools;
  • Top application mistakes, tips for avoiding them, and recommendations for communicating fit.

Recommended reading: Winning Resumes, Robin Ryan; Winning Cover Letters. Robin Ryan

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May 1, 2012


Session 4 – Creating your Own Marketing Plan, Part II: Interviews
Presenter:   Stephanie K. Eberle, M.Ed., Manager of Educational Resources and Client Services, School of Medicine Career Center

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Overview of interview scope and process within various fields;
  • Management communications strategies that will help you hone and sell your professional image;
  • Overcoming interview fears and addressing ways to avoid common mistakes

Recommended reading: Effective Interviewing, Robert Edenborough; Communication the American Way, Elisabetta Ghisini and Angelika Blendstrup, PhD

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May 8, 2012


Session 5 –You’re Hired: How Job Offers are Developed and Negotiated
Presenter: John Radford, MBA '75, Senior Vice President, Radford

Topics to be addressed include:

  • An overview of what  hiring managers and their recruiters are looking for in determining the right candidate;
  • Moving away from the specific “ranges” and “expectations” information that tends to confuse candidates, we will instead provide a broader explanation into the components of a compensation offer and how they are determined;
  • Recommended tools and resources to aid in defining which components are most important and fair to you;
  • Insights into the most common mistakes people make in negotiating their starting package and how to avoid making them.

Recommended reading: Negotiation, Harvard Business School Press

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May 15, 2012


Session 6 –Next Steps: Deciding between Offers and Starting your New Job off on the Right Foot
Panelists:Yael Garten, PhD, Senior Data Scientist, LinkedIn; Jeffery Giering, PhD, JD, Patent Agent, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich, and Rosati; Grant Budas, PhD, Scientist, Gilead Sciences; Alicia Levey, PhD, Investment Professional, Versant Ventures

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Advice from current medical/life scientists on how scientific training prepared them for a variety of industries;
  • Methods for determining which work environments and job offers are best for you;
  • Recommendations for seamless transition into new work environments;
  • Reception to follow.

Recommended reading: Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development, Toby Freedman; Alternative Careers in Science, Cynthia Robbins-Roth, Ed.

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