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Career Fate Determination WorkshopCareer Development

When it comes to choosing a career, one size does not fit all. This workshop will guide trainees in assessing their skills, interests and values to determine what careers paths might bring them the greatest satisfaction. This session will also discuss self-awareness and how they can use what they learn to deconstruct job advertisements and bridge skill gaps. This workshop was first led in the T32- Supported Musculoskeletal Science’s Art of Science Course.

Duration: 1 hour

Cap: 40

 

Writing Tune-Up For Scientists WorkshopWriting Workshop Image

Everyone can become a good writer, but the transformation will take practice, you will need to grasp some principles, and you will need readers to provide feedback. Writing Tune-Up For Scientists will provide some basic writing principles, give you time to practice with your colleagues, free your mind to write in different ways, and share write resources specifically designed for scientists. This workshop was first led in the T32 Workshop Series in Science Communication and Education for the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.

Duration: 1.5 hour

Cap: 30

 

Hot Coffee and Cold Emails: The Art of the Informational Interview WorkshopCoffee shop image

This workshop is based on AAAS Albert Chen’s idea of Active Career Exploration. Hot Coffee and Cold Emails will introduce trainees to the concept of how to find people to interview, how to conduct an informational interview, and challenging them to contact five people they “kind of” know and five people they don’t know. During the session, a number of pair-and-share activities are led, followed by group share, to give trainees confidence in their abilities to contact and interview people. Optional extra credit is assign to share their experiences with instructor.

Duration: 1 hour

Cap: 50

The Individual Development Plan (IDP) and Speed Mentoring WorkshopIDP Image

To undertake this workshop, you will need to have one faculty member for each trainee. Before the session, trainees complete their IDP. During the first part of the session, trainees pair, learn how to distill two goals they will discuss with faculty, and practice with their partner. During the second part of the session, faculty members join and each trainee pair talks to three mentors (5 minutes X 3 mentors). Trainees prefer pairs so they are more relaxed in chatting with the faculty member. Before the session, I supply faculty some sample questions based on self-determination theory to ease nervousness in working with trainees outside their department. The workshop was first led with URBEST mentors and later Biomedical Engineering (BME) Mentors.

Duration: 1 hour

Cap: 24 trainees and 12 faculty members

Prototyping Is Crucial To Your Career Development WorkshopPrototyping Image

As scientists, trainees are very familiar with the scientific method and use this concept daily to drive their research and discovery. This hands-on-workshop will reveal important insights about prototyping and about how trainees might use this new found awareness in other areas of their life, outside of research. The workshop includes a team-based competition that results in an obvious winner and multiple “losers.” This is THE favorite workshop of URBEST trainees.

Duration: 1 hour

Cap: 40

Building Your Job Interview Story Kit WorkshopInterview Image

This workshop will provide sample interview questions, behavioral questions, and a interviewer- interviewee rubric so that trainees can understand what goes into “mastering” an interview. Trainees develop six stories for their interview story kit and practice delivering their story using the STAR method. Videotaping trainees telling their story is also an option.

Duration: 1 hour

Cap: 24

The Science of Great Ideas: Fostering The Creative ProcessCreative Process Image

Before the session, trainees fill out a survey that asks them questions about art, perfectionism, and how they see themselves as creative individuals. First portion of the session is an introduction to creativity, what holds people back, environments that foster creativity and some sharing of anonymous quotes pulled from the survey that shows people don’t really see themselves as creative. For the second portion of the session, a local artist shows trainees how to use the art materials and makes suggestions as the trainees try their hand at creativity and play.

Duration: 1.5 hour

Cap: 12 (~$50 per trainee)

Mentoring For Trainees WorkshopMentoring Image

(In development) Through a series of online case studies followed by a single face-to-face workshop, mentees will learn how to improve their mentoring practice and develop or enhance relationships with their own mentors. The online portion of the course fosters reflection through self-directed exercises and supplemental readings. The face-to-face component allows mentees to share their experiences and challenges and in the process of discussion, gain additional skills- regardless of their level of experience.

Duration: 1 hour

Cap: 30