5 Tips for PhD Students and Postdocs to Help Land that Non-Academic Job

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As years went by, I started to realize that there was a whole world of opportunities for PhDs beyond the bench – careers that were just as intellectually stimulating and still scratched that scientific itch without ever having to pick up a pipette. However, the road to reach these careers was a bit foggier compared to academia. Did I need to do a postdoc? How important are publications? How do I make myself stand out?

BIOTrain: Effective Listening

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Few skills are more valuable and practiced more poorly than listening. In today’s high-stress world, communicaton is more important than ever, yet we devote less time to really listening to one another. You will learn the pitfalls that interfere with effective listening and how to avoid them. Learn how solid listening skills can be a gift of time that helps build relationships, ensure understanding, solves problems, resolves conflicts and means fewer errors and reduce wasted time.

BIOTrain: Communicating with Confidence

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Many people think of confidence as a feeling. But in reality, it’s a set of behaviors that you can change and improve over time. By acting confidently, particularly at the start of your career, you can influence how others perceive you and change how you feel about yourself. Hear expert insights and real-life examples on strategies to build your confidence from the outside in.

BIOTrain: Building Resiliency

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This topic is designed to build resilience, well-being, and optimism. These strengths-based prevention programs equip individuals with a set of practical skills that can be applied in everyday life to strengthen an individual’s ability to overcome adversity, cope with challenges, manage stress, and thrive in their personal and professional life.

BIOTrain: Building Effective Networks

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Almost everyone agrees that networking is important, but we often struggle to find the time and energy we need to build our networks. This workshop encourages you to think about networking as a critical part of how we get things done. You’ll learn the downsides of having a homogenous network and the most effective ways to invest your time in building a broad, connective, and dynamic strategic network.

Milken Institute Report Highlights How Maryland is Growing one of the Nation’s Strongest Life Science Ecosystems

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Home to an array of renowned universities, federal labs, and government resources, it’s no surprise that the globally renowned Milken Institute found that Maryland “has one of the nation’s strongest life sciences industries,” according to its recent report.

It’s clear that Maryland’s efforts to grow its recognition as a life sciences/biotech hub have paid off. However, there is still more work to be done in order for Maryland’s R&D growth trajectory to keep up with other leading hubs such as Massachusetts and North Carolina.

BIOTrain: Managing Difficult Conversations

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Many conversations have significant outcomes: interviews, reviews, negotiations. Because the stakes are so high, we fear the outcome, tend to put off the conversation and are not adequately prepared for it. This workshop defines methods for turning potentially confrontational events into constructive dialogues that accomplish the business goals.

BIOTrain: Claiming Your Strengths

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Claiming Your Strengths starts with the identification of your key strengths- what you love to do, and your weaknesses- what you hate to do. Strategies are then presented by which you can enhance your career by working your strengths to your advantage while minimizing the impact of your weaknesses.

BIOTrain: Negotiations

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When viewed as problem-solving, negotiation moves from being a win-lose game to one of mutual benefit. This lecture will help you negotiate ways to achieve more of what you want in preparing for negotiation. There are inspiring new ways of practicing negotiating in everyday interactions and improve your chances of getting more of what you want.