Career Development

ANNUAL MEETING


  • American Anthropological Association: Offers a workshop on women in the academic and non-academic workforce, career advancement, and work/life balance.
  • American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC): AAMC offers opportunities in many meetings and group offerings throughout the year. Some are targeted to women, and some have postdoc participation but that is fairly limited. The Group on Graduate Research, Education, and Training (GREAT Group) has several postdocs serve as liaisons to the NPA. GREAT also provides workshops for undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs associated with their annual meeting as well as in other national forums. See https://www.aamc.org/students/research/ for online resources for students pursuing a career in medical research.

  • American Association of University Women (AAUW): Every two years, hundreds of women leaders from across the country gather to discover new ways to empower themselves and other women and girls. AAUW's national convention is a unique opportunity to learn new skills, gain insight and inspiration, and connect with other women leaders. It offers sessions on learning how to mentor and opportunities to find mentors, as well as countless engaging opportunities for personal and professional growth, so that women leaders can maximize their impact. Members, as well as fellowships and grants recipients, are welcome to attend.
  • American Chemical Society (ACS): Specifically on the ACS Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholars Office side of things, the ACS graduate & postdoctoral scholars reception is offered on the Monday evening of every ACS national meeting (held in the spring and fall of every year), and there are several career-preparation workshops: Postdoc to Faculty workshop, Postdoc to PUI Professor workshop, Academic Employment Initiative, Preparation for Life After Graduate School workshop.
  • American Peptide Association (APA): The association provides personal contacts, informal, particularly at our meetings. This is a spillover of the activities of our student affairs committee, and there is follow-up by e-mail. One-to-one mentoring is also provided.
  • American Society for Nutrition (ASN): ASN is proud to host a variety of events specifically geared to postdocs at its annual meeting. The yearly networking event is one of the most well-attended events at the meeting. The young professional interest group also sponsors a variety of symposia and workshops that are designed by young professionals to focus on the hottest topics affecting early-career nutrition professionals today. The association has presented travel awards to present research or attend conferences within the last five years.

  • American Sociological Association (ASA): ASA hosts a reception each year at the ASA annual meeting bringing together both cohorts of postdocs, ASA staff, the university principal investigators, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) program officer.
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The American Chemical Society has robust resources on careers.

In their Career Pathways section, they have self assessments, job search tools, networking advice. They divide the career pathways into fourth pathways: Industry, Higher Education, Government, and Working for Yourself.

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  • Entomological Society of America (ESA): Branch (regional) and national meetings offer diverse opportunities for networking, including an onsite career center, new member receptions and various “lunch and learn” sessions. The student transition and early professionals committee also sponsors a professional development webinar during ESA’s annual meeting.
  • Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS): There is a networking event for SAS members at SciX, along with a SAS poster session, and a wine and cheese social event at SciX. There is also a special SAS symposia at Pittcon. There are women in science conference sessions and luncheons at SciX and Pittcon.
  • Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB): Over the last few years, SSB has hosted a networking mixer at its annual joint conference. Additionally, they are planning a satellite conference for May 2015 that will be for SSB members only, where there will be networking and career-development events. In previous years, there has been a lunch-time event at the joint conference (SSB/Society for the Study of Evolution/American Society of Naturalists) on the academic job market.

ONLINE RESOURCES

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The Postdoctoral Fellows Program at the American Association of Anatomists (AAA) is intended to provide salary support to a member who is a postdoctoral fellow working in any aspect of biology relevant to the anatomical sciences. AAA will provide $20,000, plus travel support and registration fee (at early registration rate) to the next appropriate annual meeting.

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  • American Association of University Women (AAUW): AAUW's fellowships and grants department has created a professional community for alumnae and current recipients through social media and personal connections. Alumnae and current recipients can join our fellowships and grants LinkedIn group, and follow @AAUWFellowships on Twitter for news in AAUW and higher education.
  • American Chemical Society (ACS): The ACS careers unit also has much to offer at: www.acs.org/careers. They also have a ACS webinar series and ACS professional development courses.
  • American Society for Nutrition (ASN): There is a section of the society's website devoted to postdoc members, with resources for locating postdoctoral fellowships, funding opportunities, and chances to apply for a variety of awards.
  • Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): The AAAS website is a collection of resources freely accessible aimed at job seekers from undergrad to faculty. There are many articles about all these topics.
  • Association for Women in Science (AWIS): AWIS received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and did extensive data collection and analysis on awards and recognition and the impact these have on career success. They have presented this information at least 15 times during the past five years. AWIS provides job search, placement or other "dual-career" assistance for partners, as well as workshops on balancing work with family or personal obligations.
  • Entomological Society of America (ESA): ESA provides a series of free webinars on career and professional development topics, including resume/CV writing, networking, resources for managing the big transition to a first or new job, time management, and career development. Archived webinars are available 24/7 for ESA members.
  • National Research Council of the National Academies: The council offers resources for career planning (guide books, pamphlets, online resources), other careers outside academe, formal networking events/programs in the last few years (e.g. luncheons, receptions, distinguished lecture series, discussion groups) only for postdoctoral scholars.
  • Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS): The society runs a LinkedIn group called "Women in Spectroscopy"  that has over 100 members and hosts a "jobs board." SAS has a twitter account (@AppliedSpec) and Facebook page where you can hear about the latest news and upcoming awards and grants applications. 
  • United States Society for Ecological Economics (USSEE): As a society, USSEE posts career opportunities related to the field of ecological economics on its website. In the past two years, they have been creating networks of practitioners and students to improve the diversity of their society, as well as stimulate new working partnerships. USSEE offers information about careers outside of academe, and formal networking events/programs in the last few years.

WORKSHOPS

  • American Association of Anatomists (AAA): AAA offers career development workshops/seminars on other aspects of academic jobs, career planning or counseling, interviewing, and other careers outside academe, and formal networking events/programs in the last few years. The association has also offered workshops on balancing work with family or personal obligations.

  • American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC): AAMC provides career development workshops/seminars on other aspects of academic job, career planning or counseling, resources for career planning (guide books, pamphlets, on line resources), other careers outside academe. The association collects and analyzes data, and provides information about career planning and employment prospects. They provide "how to" workshops/seminars on networking, and formal networking events/programs in the last few years.

  • American Astronomical Society (AAS): The society has offered interviewing, formal networking program and events, negotiating, career planning or counseling, resources for career planning and careers outside academe. They collect and analyze data and provide information about career planning and employment prospects. They also offer workshops on balancing work with family or personal obligations.

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA): AERA provides "how to" workshops/seminars on networking, and formal networking events/programs. The association provides job search, placement or other "dual-career" assistance for partners and workshops on balancing work with family or personal obligations. AERA offers interviewing, career development, negotiating, career planning/counseling, resources for career planning, and other careers outside academe workshops/seminars. AERA has collected and analyzed data and provide information about career planning and employment prospects. They also provide workshops or seminars on obtaining grant funding, communication skills, professional skills, leadership skills. And the association offers awards that postdocs can use to fund research, and travel awards to present research or attend conferences. They have workshops that cover issues of underrepresented minorities.

  • American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA): AMWA offers interviewing, networking, career development, negotiating, and career planning resources. Job search, placement and other “dual career” assistance for partners, and workshops on balancing work with family or personal obligations are offered.

  • American Philosophical Society (APS): The society has hosted publishing workshops for early career philosophers. They also offer online resources related to academic and nonacademic careers. They have begun analyzing data related to job advertisements and appointments.

  • American Psychological Association (APA): The APA has a committee for early career psychologist, which provides many resources for career preparation, but are not restricted to just postdocs.

  • American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG): The society offers interviewing, career development, career planning/counseling, resources for career planning, and other careers outside academe workshops/seminars. They provide "how to" workshops/seminars on networking.

  • American Society for Nutrition (ASN): ASN provides interviewing, career development workshops/seminars on other aspects of academic job, negotiating, career planning or counseling, resources for career planning (guide books, pamphlets, on line resources), and other careers outside academe. They collect and analyze data and provide information about career planning and employment prospects. ASN provides "how to" workshops/seminars on networking, and formal networking events/programs in the last few years. Their postdocs publish a quarterly newsletter that focuses on career development. They also program symposium for early career investigators at our annual meeting.
  • Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): AAAS offers job search, placement or other "dual-career" assistance for partners, and on balancing work with family or personal obligations workshops. They offer career development workshops/seminars on other aspects of academic, career planning or counseling, resources for career planning (guide books, pamphlets, online resources), "how to" workshops/seminars on networking, and formal networking events/programs in the last few years.


    The Science and Technology Policy fellowship provides opportunities for scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking and implementation while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills in the federal policy realm. AAAS has developed an individual development plan (IDP) that helps postdocs explore career possibilities and set goals to follow the career path that fits you best.

    The AAAS offers a myIDP resource which provides:

    • Exercises to help you examine your skills, interests, and values
    • A list of 20 scientific career paths with a prediction of which ones best fit your skills and interests
    • A tool for setting strategic goals for the coming year, with optional reminders to keep you on track
    • Articles and resources to guide you through the process
  • Association for Women in Science (AWIS): AWIS received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and did extensive data collection and analysis on awards and recognition and the impact these have on career success. They have presented this information at least 15 times during the past five years. AWIS provides job search, placement or other "dual-career" assistance for partners, as well as workshops on balancing work with family or personal obligations.
  • Entomological Society of America (ESA): ESA offers a variety of career development workshops at the annual meeting. Relevant topics for the 2015 meeting include “Women in Science: Breaking the Bias Habit,” and “Data Handling and Analysis Tricks They Don't Teach You in Grad School.” Workshop topics and content are member-driven.
  • Genetics Society of America (GSA): GSA offers career development workshops/seminars on other aspects of academic job, career planning or counseling, resources for career planning (guide books, pamphlets, online resources), and other careers outside academe, and formal networking events/programs in the last few years. They have also offered workshops on balancing work with family or personal obligations.
  • Linguistics Society of America (LSA): The society offers interviewing, career planning or counseling, career development workshops/seminars on other aspects of academic job, resources for career planning and careers outside academe. They also offer workshops on balancing work with family or personal obligations.
  • Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA): The society offers interviewing, negotiating, other careers outside of academe, and "how to" workshops on networking, career development, and formal networking programs. All career workshops are all open to everyone, with the exception of a mentoring session for women.

  • National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE): The council's postdoc sessions and awards are doing well and have helped them grow. They have worked hard to try and add more programming that takes care of the whole professional not just the geography educator. This shift must happen in order to attract younger and diverse members. The council offers interviewing, career development workshops/seminars and formal networking events/programs in the last few years.
  • National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP): NOGLSTP offers interviewing, career development, career planning/counseling, resources for career planning, and other careers outside academe workshops/seminars. They provide "how to" workshops/seminars on networking, and formal networking events/programs. They offer job search, placement or other "dual-career" assistance for partners and workshops on balancing work with family or personal obligations. Out to Innovate provides workshops on CV/resume writing, career development, networking, mentoring. NOGLSTP has a brochure on companies friendly to LGBTQ STEM workforce and arranges networking receptions for LGBTQ students and professionals at various professional society meetings like AAAS, ACS, SWE, SACNAS, ASEE to name a few. The organization also has caucuses within various professional societies for networking and advocating for LGBTQA in their fields and how to build your own networking and mentoring potential.
  • Sigma Delta Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science (GWIS): The group provides interviewing, career development workshops/seminars on other aspects of academic job, negotiating, career planning or counseling, resources for career planning (guide books, pamphlets, on line resources), and other careers outside academe. Sigma Delta Epsilon collects and analyzes data, and provides information about career planning and employment prospects. They provide "how to" workshops/seminars on networking, and formal networking events/programs in the last few years.