You may be in your second or third year of graduate school, and chances are good that you’re already setting long-term goals. Career-wise, you know where you want to be in ten years. But how do you get there? Here are a few tips for jump-starting your future career now while you’re in graduate school:
Graduate students new to the University of Nebraska—Lincoln who also research in the STEM fields may be eligible for a fellowship through the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP). Research fields include Engineering; Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering; Materials Research; Mathematical Sciences; Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy; Social Sciences; Psychology; STEM Education and Learning; Life Sciences; and Geosciences.
You may be reading this on your first day of graduate school, but it’s never too early to think about your entry into the job market—whether you plan on taking an academic route or applying to jobs in the non-profit, government, or business sector. By thinking early on about how you’ll look to potential employers, you'll be prepared to differentiate yourself from other candidates. And no matter what type of a job you’re applying for, you’ll want to make the "first cut" (where employers read your CV or résumé and cover letter) and move on to the interview stage.
An elevator speech is a 30–60 second summary of your research interests, main findings, and their importance to society. It's a good way to introduce yourself and your work, whether it's to professional colleagues at a conference or a job interview or just explaining your work to your neighbors and new acquaintances.
Write it out
When composing an elevator talk for the first time, writing it out will help you organize your thoughts and identify areas for improvement.
Searching for an academic position takes work. In fact, you might consider it a “job” without the fringe benefits. To a certain degree, your field of study and the type of position you’re searching for will determine when you start the process. But it’s safe to say that if you’re in the process of writing your dissertation, it’s never too early to start looking. Which begs the question: Where might you look? And how do you decipher the job posting?Generally, key information included in the announcement will help you determine if the position is a good fit.
Houston, we have a fellowship – and a grant – and a full-time faculty position. And Interfolio is one way for you to apply to all of them.
Interfolio is an online academic career portfolio management service for graduate students, specifically designed to help you reach the next step in your career path. It provides state-of-the-art tools that make it painless for you to apply instantly to any career opportunity.
A postdoctoral scholar is an individual who holds a doctorate and has accepted a temporary “training opportunity” to gain additional research experience to further prepare him or her to pursue a career in academe, industry, government or the non-profit sector (National Postdoctoral Association, 2009).