I wanted to thank you for your program. Honestly, when I saw that we were required to take it, I was frustrated, thinking I had better things to do with that hour, but I was pleasantly surprised to be very wrong. I have spent my academic career attending seminars and workshops about similar topics, but nobody has ever bothered to specifically address those of us in science careers. Your background in the sciences and ability to translate that into relevant advice and techniques for us was absolutely unique and invaluable.
I left the workshop with an entirely different perspective on how to advertise myself as a job candidate, address tough interview questions, and interact with other personality types.
- Anonymous Student Testimonial
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
From our view as a professional development office, there is a need to normalize leadership and management training for all of our biomedical graduate students, so that they are properly equipped to manage the interdependence of the workforce. Therefore, we’ve constructed a workshop series on soft skill development for our BGE students. Once students enter the workforce (or their next stage of educational training), we hope that they will initiate constructive behaviors that they’ve learned from this series. We’ve also incorporated career exploration skills (resume building, networking and interviewing) into this series. A digital (LinkedIn-shareable) Certificate in Workplace Dynamics: Leadership and Career Development was awarded upon completion of the series! Students who missed sessions were given writing assignments to complete if they still wanted their certificates. Click the link below to view and register for the upcoming series!
NOTE: Students in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology MS Program will automatically be enrolled in BCHB 810: Leadership and Career Development, which will take place in the fall. Also, students in the Biostatistics MS program will complete this series as part of their required seminar course. All other BGE students and GUMC postdocs can register for upcoming trainings by following the link above.
WoDy I: Self Exploration and Career Management
- Self exploration: assess your skilIs and identify your transferrable skills to understand your value and establish professional branding
- Align your experiences with job prospects and build your resume
- Establish your professional network: build your pitch and leverage your interactions
WoDy II: Teamwork and Interdependence
- Balance independent and interdependent thinking to broaden sources of knowledge and overcome imposter syndrome
- Understand the importance of team skills in the evolving cross functional workplace.
- Review the dynamics of team development using the Bruce Tuckman’s “Orming Model of Group Development”
- Engage personality differences to effectively overcome obstacles toward accomplishing team goals
- Explain the importance of teamwork skills for maintaining professional references and reveal tips for drafting supplementary resume reference lists
WoDy III: Conflict Resolution and Managing Feedback
- Introduce the importance of conflict in the workplace and describe different types of conflicts that employees are often confronted with
- Identify ways to handle conflict using the Thomas Kilmann’s Dual Concern Model of conflict resolution
- Describe methods of preventing conflicts including: time management, managing up, and appropriately giving and responding to feedback
- Use the STAR Method to structure and articulate answers to behavioral interview questions
WoDy IV: Diversity and Inclusion in the Multicultural Workforce
- Summarize studies that show the importance of diversity in driving innovation
- Diversity as a means of broadening access to healthcare
- Paradigm mapping and seeing other points of view
- Curbing biases as impediments to understanding different viewpoints
- Addressing questionable and illegal interview questions