Career Club

The Career Club is a sequence of six monthly workshops designed to engage senior-year graduate students in career planning through self-reflection, career exploration, relationship building, marketing oneself professionally, and networking.

The Career Club will culminate with students connecting with professionals of their choice for virtual informational interviews. The overall goal of the program is to give students the tools necessary to find and pursue their next job with clarity and confidence.

The spring 2021 applications have now closed. Please check back in the fall term for the new application! Senior-year graduate students will receive email announcements about the next iteration of the program.

2021 Sessions

Session 1 - Careers for PhDs (Jan. 21, 2021)

Students begin the career exploration process by reflecting on their skills, values, and interests, and exploring careers that match their profile. This session involves small group discussions to enable students to better clarify what they are looking for in a career.

Resources:

Session 2 - Conversations with Mentors (Feb. 18, 2021)

This session provides space and structure for students and mentors to have conversations about student career goals. It will feature case-based discussions between groups of students and mentors on topics around career planning will include alignment of mutual expectations, work-life balance, and finding time for career planning. It concludes with mentor-trainee(s) meetings to begin discussions about individualized career plans.

Case-study and discussion guide

Mentoring-related Resources:

  • "Mentoring Up": Learning to Manage Your Mentoring Relationships - Lee, S.; McGee, R.; Pfund, C.; Branchaw, J. book chapter in The Mentoring Continuum: From Graduate School Through Tenure, Syracuse University Press, Glenn Wright, editor, 2015.

  • Questionnaire for Aligning Expectations in Research Mentoring Relationships - Revised by Steve Lee and Stephanie House, originated from Ingrid Moses, Adapted by Margaret Kiley and Kate Cadman

Thank you to Dr. Tracey Baas at UTSA for her input in the development of this session!

Session 3 - Building Your Network: Part 1 (March 18, 2021)

Networking with SOM Alumni

Dr. Gina Coudriet and Dr. Arturo Lopez Pineda 

Career club members learned about varied career paths and choices our alumni take, and networked with them in small-groups!

Session 4 - Building Your Network: Part 2 (April 22, 2021)

Networking (Part 2) with SOM Alumni

Career club members learned about varied career paths and choices our alumni take, and networked with them in small-groups!

 

Session 5: Resume/CV & Cover Letter Review (May 20, 2021)

Career club members participated Resume/CV preparation workshop with

Students learned about best practices for CVs, resumes, and cover letters for different types of jobs. They prepared resumes/CVs for individually identified job posting that appealed to each of them, and received feedback from a panelist whose experience matched each student's career interests. 

Dr. Costello's slides from her extremely informative talk are here!

Session 6 - Marketing Yourself (June 17, 2021)

Students learned about best practices for elevator pitches, use of LinkedIn, and composing invitations to guests for the Career Club Networking Event

Dr. Costello's slides with valuable opinions and advice and her worksheet with tips for writing to networking connections are available!

This program is supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

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