Finding Employment in Industry from Academia

September 17, 2021 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. (CT)

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Fall, also known as interviewing season, is coming soon! This means you're probably thinking about applying for post-docs and academic and industry positions, or seeking a promotion in your current role. 

Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the anatomy of an interview and maximize your chances to move forward in your career.

Interviews are not just straightforward conversations between people; they're actually important occasions for transmission of carefully crafted, key pieces of information. For the applicant, the interview is the one opportunity for in-person communication of skills, experiences, and behaviors that best suit them for the desired position. For the interviewer, it's the one opportunity to determine if the applicant would be a good fit with their research, scientific or industry organization.

This café will teach attendees the basics about how to prepare for an interview, navigate the interview conversation, and maximize their opportunity to achieve their desired industry position.


Moderator – Grant Holley, PhD
Introduction – Bartholomew Tortella, MD, MBA

Session 1: The Job-Seeking Process

The Application Process (20 minutes) – Tania Gill

  • How to read a job description

  • The salary expectation question

  • Preparing your CV for industry

Interviewing 101 (20 minutes) – Eric David, MD, JD

  • How to prep beforehand: Creating your elevator pitch/introductory statement

  • Interview myths and realities

  • Following up post-interview

  • Discerning the work culture in an interview

Q&A (20 minutes) – Grant Holley, PhD

Session 2: Landing the Job and Thriving There

Negotiating Your First Job (20 minutes) – Amber Van Laar, MD

  • How to judge the job offer

  • Is this the right position for you?

  • The importance of negotiating

Expectations for a New Role (20 Minutes) – Rachelle Doody, MD, PhD

  • Day 1, first 30 days, first year

  • Understanding the organization you’ve joined

  • Networking and mentorship

  • Developing within your new role – large vs. small companies

  • Meeting and achieving company expectations

Q&A (20 minutes) – Grant Holley, PhD



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