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Author: Dr. Teresa Evans | Category: Career Development | October 28, 2015

The Office of Career Development (OCD) has had a busy year and is pleased with the success of four innovative programs. 

These programs help prepare our trainees for diverse careers through workshops, community partnerships and science outreach.

These programs include:

1) Career Advisory Council

2) Career Development Workshops

3) Science Outreach Events

4) Science Communication and Outreach Career Symposium (in partnership with ASBMB)

The Career Advisory Council (CAC) includes over 40 leaders who provide insights into diverse career paths including: academic research, technology transfer, industry, medical science liaison, military research, entrepreneurship, research administration, teaching, science advocacy, and journalism.

The office has also created a video highlighting how leaders within the vast bioscience sector of San Antonio have come together to positively influence career opportunities for trainees.

The OCD, has sponsored Career Development Workshops, throughout the year,that integrate the expertise of the CAC members as well as that of the OCD Director. Career Development Workshops provide opportunities for trainees to learn about effective introductions, resume/C.V. building, and interview skills in an interactive setting. 

These skills are essential for the advancement of trainees into independent professional careers. It is the goal of the OCD to provide a venue for active practice of fundamental skills for career success, such as written and oral communication skills. 

Events like these are valuable not only to the trainees at UTHSCSA but also to prospective trainees who are in search of programs to serve as a platform to advance their careers.

Don't miss our next workshop:

Improve your Interview: How to Put your Best Self Forward in an Interview Setting

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 4-5 p.m., AAB 114/116

The workshop will include an interactive interview process and tips to improve your interview skills.

Register HERE.

We have strengthened our relationship with the Voelcker Biosciences Teacher Academy through Science Outreach Events.

Trainees organize and participate in local science nights alongside K-12 teachers, which provides trainees the opportunity to improve their communication skills (fundamental to career success). 

This fall, we participated in science nights at Converse Elementary School, Vale Middle School and Jordan Middle School. More community engagement opportunities are anticipated in the coming year.

Finally, the inaugural regional Science Communication and Outreach Career Symposium was held this September in collaboration with the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Public Outreach Committee

This symposium attracted over 200 attendees included undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty from across Texas and the nation. 

The event also included outstanding keynote presentations by Dr. Sharon Milgram, director of the Office of Intramural Training and Education, NIH and Dr. Jamie Vernon, director of communications at Sigma Xi. 

The primary goal of the two day event was to showcase not only a wide variety of careers for STEM professionals but also the importance of strong communication skills in attaining and succeeding in any STEM career. 

See below for the second of two videos at this year's symposium. Stay tuned for more news from the Office of Career Development! 

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