April 19: Alaina Levine Talks and Workshops to help Graduate Students, Postdocs, and their Mentors & Advisors

Submitted on April 16, 2018

The Graduate Center and Postdoctoral Affairs invite students, faculty, staff, and postdocs to our free professional development and career talks and train-the-trainer workshops on April 19, 2018. We are hosting Alaina Levine, UA alumna and internationally-known speaker, trainer, and author of Networking for Nerds (Wiley, 2015). All are free to attend, and RSVP is highly encouraged. Please send questions to gradcenter@email.arizona.edu.

Graduate Internships: What They Are, Why You Should Pursue Them, and How to Land One

  • Student Union Kiva Auditorium
  • Separate sessions for different fields
    • 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM: Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences Focused Session
    • 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM: Science, Technology, Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Focused Session
  • RSVP for either session at: http://bit.ly/gradinternships

Internships are offered by organizations not as philanthropy, but rather as an inexpensive way to “audition” new talent. There is great value in pursuing an internship, whether you plan on a research career or not, and the skills and experience that you gain will serve you well in any profession. Meanwhile, the host organization gets to see how successful you are and may offer you a permanent position in the future. So it’s a win-win situation for everyone. In this workshop, we will discuss what drives the internship partnership, what kinds of internships you should consider, who offers them, how to find them, how to excel in them, and how to leverage them for networking and career success.

I Heart Failure: Recover and Discover from Professional and Team Loss

Everyone experiences failure multiple times throughout their lives. Perhaps your manuscript was rejected, your grant wasn’t funded, or you didn’t get the project you wanted or the job you applied for. Maybe your team didn’t rally the way you envisioned, but instead became dysfunctional. Whatever your disappointment or loss, there are ways to manage failure and even transform it into success, as long as you plan ahead. In this presentation, we will discuss why failure can be a positive contributor to our career paths and organizations. We will discuss how to create mechanisms to be able to identify, address, learn from, and move on from failure. Although we don’t have to welcome failure with open arms, we can learn to be more agile, creative, communicative, and ultimately more successful in our careers, organizations, and teams.

How to Help Your Graduate Students and Postdocs Design Their Career: Providing Customized Career Advice for Multiple Career Pathways

  • Student Union Sabino Room (3rd Floor)
  • Multiple sessions to meet your schedule
    • 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
    • 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Content will be useful for both STEM and Non-STEM audiences as well as tailored to audience composition (Please RSVP!). This workshop is intended for faculty and staff members that serve as mentors or advisors.
  • RSVP for either session at: http://bit.ly/gradinternships

Every graduate student and postdoc has a different set of needs, goals, and ideas about how they can build a fulfilling career. As their advisors and mentors, we want to provide information, tools, and resources for our advisees and mentees, and, most importantly, encourage them as they plan their professional futures. This is especially critical today, as students with advanced degrees are now pursuing a broad range of careers, including careers outside of academia. We can help them begin to think about what career paths, including “nontraditional” career paths, might be right for them. In this workshop, we will address new perspectives on advising graduate students and postdocs about career development and advancement, particularly in a challenging job market. We will also examine tools that you can use immediately to enhance your own advising and to build a culture of “career entrepreneurship” for your graduate students and postdocs.


Information about the speaker:

Alaina G. Levine, Quantum Success Solutions

Alaina G. Levine is an award-winning entrepreneur, STEM career consultant, science journalist, professional speaker, corporate comedian, and author of Networking for Nerds (Wiley, 2015). As President of Quantum Success Solutions, she is a prolific speaker and writer on career development and professional advancement for scientists, engineers, and advanced knowledge discoverers. She has delivered over 700 speeches for clients in the US, Europe, Mexico, and Canada, and has written over 350 articles in international publications such as Science, Nature, and Scientific American.