AAPT offers webinars geared towards assisting scientists and engineers in their career development. Please see below a list of recorded webinars, presented by a noted STEM career consultant.
We all face challenges at various points in our careers, whether we have been laid off; need to leave our current position due to either positive or negative stimuli; are looking for a promotion; or are eager to work in a completely different field or profession. But no matter the challenge, scientists and engineers have the competitive advantage to manage, survive, and thrive because of innate problem solving skills. This webinar explores options for handling zombie bosses (who steal your work or malign your reputation), the desire to make a mid-career change, and how to chart a strategic course to achieve your goals.
Changing course in the middle of your career may be a bit scary, but it can also be strategic. Whether you are shifting employers, taking on new tasks, moving to a new city, or changing careers altogether, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure that you achieve your goals in an efficient and satisfactory manner. We will focus on developing the strategy and employing the tactics to find an opportunity that is right for you, go after it, complete a smooth transition, and maintain a stellar reputation in and after the process. Let’s prepare you for your new adventure!
Applying for a job in one country while completing your education and training in another can be challenging, but it CAN be done with success! In this webinar, learn specific strategies to find jobs in another country while one is abroad and how to leverage your networks in-country to access opportunities, especially those that are hidden. Special emphasis is placed on establishing your reputation as a leader in your field with professionals in the country or region in which you wish to work.
Discover what a speech says about you, how to prepare, how to combat anxiety, and how to show confidence and poise. Moderator Alaina Levine will coach you face-to-face, on-camera! Speaking, articulation, and projection techniques; interaction with the audience; and presentation issues specific to scientists/engineers and for science-based conferences are addressed.
Presenting a Winning Poster
Preparing a poster presentation offers great opportunity to connect with potential collaborators and employers. Learn how to craft your value statement and talking points, and how to effectively engage those who view your poster. Discover how to leverage the connections you make to develop partnerships, and how to utilize social media to build buzz around you and your research endeavors.
Transitioning Your Career Beyond Academia
Making the transition from a career in academia to one in another sector is not as elusive or challenging as one may think. Science and engineering professionals who have spent time in academia have an amazing amount of transferable skills to myriad industries, and decision-makers and hiring-managers know this. Examine how to craft a successful strategy to research, prepare and ultimately transition to a career outside academia, and explore how to determine the right careers for your needs, desires and ambitions. Lastly, learn how to stay connected and collaborative with colleagues in higher education, just in case you want to return to it in the future!
Whether you started career planning and job searching a year ago, a month ago or today, there are a few things you can do to get the ball rolling to land a job you enjoy. In this you will learn specific tasks you can do RIGHT NOW to get a job and advance in your career.
When does the interview begin? Much sooner than you think: it starts from the first point of contact you have with someone from the organization. And when does it end? Only when the offer is extended and accepted. Learn how to convert conversations and networking into interviews, and interviews into job offers. Discover what you need to know and do throughout the interview process to demonstrate your value to the institution and land the job.
Discover how to appropriately promote your work and expertise in order to build networks and craft win-win collaborations. Learn how to "work a room," start conversations with new people, and obtain information that can set you on a path to a rewarding career. Lastly, gain tips to optimize your conference experience and use social networks to further your professional goals and expand the reach of your discipline.
Discover how to get the most out of attending an academic or industry conference by learning how to behave with speakers, how to meet the most important people at the conferences, and how to identify the most valuable sessions, events, and other experiences at the conference. Conference etiquette (behavior and dress) and follow-up will also be discussed.