Career Management: Preparing for a career in academia

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Preparing for a career in academia
ALLISON B. SEKULER
Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience
Associate Vice-President & Dean (Graduate Studies)
McMaster University
Part of the Post Doctoral Fellowship Networking Event.

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Career Management: Preparing for a career in academia

  1. 1. Preparing for a career in academia ALLISON B. SEKULER Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience Associate Vice-President & Dean (Graduate Studies) McMaster University
  2. 2. “Career planning is an oxymoron....” Kevin Bacon
  3. 3. Options • Explore them • Work toward them • Keep them open
  4. 4. Options • Explore them • Work toward them • Keep them open
  5. 5. Explore your Options • Academia, industry, government, NGOs • Research, teaching • Location, scale, lifestyle
  6. 6. Options • Explore them • Work toward them • Keep them open
  7. 7. Work toward your Options • Training • Knowledge translation • Records • Networks
  8. 8. Training • Field specific • Generalist • Soft-skills • Professional development
  9. 9. Knowledge Translation • Present • Publish • Patent • Policy Graham, Logan, Harrison & Straus (2006). Lost in Knowledge Translation: Time for a Map? Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 26, 13-24.
  10. 10. Records • Keep them • Update them • Highlight them • Tailor them
  11. 11. Networks • Build them • Maintain them • Use them
  12. 12. Options • Explore them • Work toward them • Keep them open
  13. 13. Keep your Options open • Training • Knowledge translation • Records • Networks
  14. 14. Life • Keep it balanced • Expect the unexpected • Look for and find silver linings • Make it fun
  15. 15. For your network! • sekuler@mcmaster.ca

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