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UCLA Career Development Conference for Master's, PhDs and Postdocs

May 4, 2017 (All day)
Ackerman Student Union

Connecting UCLA graduate students and postdocs to over 100 alumni and employers to explore careers, develop professional skills and prepare for the future.

Conference Schedule
9:30-10am Light Breakfast and Informational Interview Sign Up

10am Welcome | Monroe Gordon, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor

10:10am Keynote Presentation | Eric Barker, MBA, MFA

How to build your career without losing your mind
Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars face a number of challenges in the transition from the academic world to the working world. This talk will offer actionable strategies gleaned from psychology and neuroscience research to help them be confident and keep smiling while resiliently navigating the path to a fulfilling career. (These insights will be illustrated with stories from Batman, Buddhism, and Toronto raccoons because, frankly, nobody likes boring lectures.)
Eric Barker’s humorous, practical blog, Barking Up the Wrong Tree, presents science-based answers and expert insight on how to be awesome at life. Over 285,000 people subscribe to his weekly newsletter and his content is syndicated by Time Magazine, The Week, and Business Insider. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, and the Financial Times. With a writing career spanning over 20 years, Eric is also a sought-after speaker and interview subject, and has been invited to speak at MIT, Yale, West Point, the University of Pennsylvania, NPR affiliates, and on morning television. His first book, Barking Up The Wrong Tree, will be released by HarperCollins on May 16th. You can find his work here: www.bakadesuyo.com

11am-12:30pm Informational Interviews: Sign up from 9:30-10am, first come, first served

11:15am-12:30pm Concurrent Sessions

Strengths-Based Leadership and Resilience | Neda Moayedi, MA
The ability to lead others is a quality frequently sought in the workplace, but rarely understood or defined during advanced degree training. In this interactive session, participants will have the opportunity to self-assess and translate their experiences into a leadership framework. We will discuss the importance of a growth mindset, resilience, and how to use a strengths-based approach to continue to build leadership over time.
The Academic Job Search: Taking Aim at a Moving Target | Rosanne Lurie, MA
Gain insights into the mechanisms of academic hiring, and use the perspective to strengthen your chances for success while you are on the job market. Rosanne Lurie, co-author of the new edition of the "Academic Job Search Handbook" will lead an interactive session focused on helping you prepare for your job search. Know what to expect and how to present yourself effectively in preliminary and campus interviews. You will also learn what to do when you receive an offer for a faculty position.

Navigating the Path to Industry | Melanie Nelson, PhD
Transitioning into a career in industry can be intimidating in part because the norms and expectations of a job search are different outside academia, but also because there are a wide range of options for your next steps, and no clear path forward. During this session, we will discuss how to approach the job search with a productive mindset, and strategies to best survey your options and make decisions about your own path. We will explore tactics to find and apply for the first job on your new path including effective networking, converting your CV into a resume, and writing a cover letter.
The Academy without Borders: A Scholarly Career in Public and Private Sectors | Lizbet Simmons, PhD
When talking about working beyond the university walls, academics tend to use terms of separation. Work in the private sector is rendered as a transition, departure, or even a point of no return. Many academics sense that in stepping beyond campus for work, they will be leaving something significant behind. The impulse to rationalize the decision has inspired “Quit Lit” essays in journals like the Chronicle of Higher Education, with quite a few centering on feelings of loss and shame. In this talk, I will consider a more expansive view of the academic life and explore various strategies for crossing over the borders.

12:30-2:00pm Lunch & Roundtable Discussions

Sign up for afternoon Mock/Informational Interviews with Alumni and Employers

Roundtable Industries:
Academic Research and Teaching | Biotech and Pharma | Data Science and Analytics | Aerospace and Defense | Technology | Intellectual Property | Energy and Environmental Engineering | Research Outside Academia | Startups and Entrepreneurship | Business and Finance | Policy and Public Affairs | Consulting | Government and Nonprofit | Sustainability | Entertainment | Publishing | Higher Education | Administration and Management | Education, Teaching, and Training | Healthcare
12:30-2:30pm LinkedIn Photo Booth

2-2:20pm GradSlam Finalists

2:30-4:00pm Informational & Mock Interviews

2:30-4:00pm Concurrent Sessions

Persuading Other People | Jean-Luc Doumont, PhD
Being able to persuade others is a critical skill for any career. We must convince an employer to hire us, persuade our boss to let us start a project, or get our coworkers to help us out. This talk offers a rational approach to persuasion: it covers how to use personal or organizational power, deploy tactics on four different planes, and harness basic social influences so as to have other people accede more easily to our requests.
The Side Hustle: Navigating Ad Hoc Work Experiences | Daren Brabham, PhD
Finances are often tight for graduate students and postdocs, and engaging in part-time or occasional work can be a way to both earn income and build a suite of skills and professional experiences to set one up for success after graduation. Many new opportunities, particularly online platforms, allow graduate students to showcase and earn compensation for their expertise, whether through consulting, tutoring, or competing in crowdsourced scientific and artistic competitions. This talk will explore some of the ways graduate students can develop a robust "side hustle" and frame these experiences as complementary to the core training received in a PhD program, all while steering clear of some of the ethical and legal pitfalls that sometimes accompany this kind of work.

Life at a Liberal Arts College: Exploring Careers in Academia
This workshop offers graduate students and postdocs the opportunity to learn about academic careers from faculty and administrators representing a consortium of 24 liberal arts colleges and universities. In early fall the LADO consortium will provide our institution with a list of faculty searches at the 24 consortium schools that we can distribute to graduate students and postdocs who are on the market. This event is taking place at an opportune time when graduate students in all disciplines are considering a wider range of career choices than in the past.
Take Control of Your Time: Running a Job Search and Getting Your Work Done | Melanie Nelson, PhD
The job search is time intensive, especially when it converges with critical research and degree completion deadlines, teaching responsibilities and life commitments. Managing these competing demands can feel overwhelming, leaving you feeling out out of control and struggling to get everything done. During this session, we will discuss the competing demands on your time, how to prioritize those demands, and tools and techniques to best take control of your time. Participants will leave the session with new ideas for how to get organized and get things done, and with concrete next steps for implementing the ideas that best fit their needs.
4-6pm Gradbar Alumni Reception | Hosted by GSA

View full details as well as particpating alumni and employers, here http://career.ucla.edu/conference

Dr. Jared Diamond

EHS 411: Jared Diamond, PhD "Evolution of Major Modern Non-Communicable Diseases"

May 4, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
43-105 CHS
FSPH: 650 Charles E. Young DR S, Los Angeles, CA 90095

About the lecture: Most of us UCLA staff and students, when we eventually die, will die of non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and cancers. In traditional tribal societies, almost no one died or dies of those diseases; deaths are instead due mainly to infectious diseases, accidents, violence, and famine. But when traditional societies adopt the modern Western lifestyle, the result all over the world is the rapid development of epidemics of non-communicable diseases worse than incidences now prevailing in Western societies themselves. How can these epidemics be understood?

About the speaker: Jared Diamond is a Pulitzer-prize-winning author of five best-selling books, translated into 38 languages, about human societies and human evolution: Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, Why Is Sex Fun?, The Third Chimpanzee, and The World until Yesterday. As a professor of geography at UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles), he is known for his breadth of interests, which involves conducting research and teaching in three other fields: the biology of New Guinea birds, digestive physiology, and conservation biology. His prizes and honors include the U.S. National Medal of Science, the Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Science, and election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He is a director of World Wildlife Fund/U.S. and of Conservation International. As a biological explorer, his most widely publicized finding was his rediscovery, at the top of New Guinea’s remote Foja Mountains, of the long-lost Golden-fronted Bowerbird, previously known only from four specimens found in a Paris feather shop in 1895.

FSPH Grand Rounds with Dr. Virginia C. Li

May 9, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
33-105 CHS
FSPH: 650 Charles E. Young DR S, Los Angeles, CA 90095


Please RSVP

Event Contact: Sheleana Varvaro, svarvaro@ph.ucla.edu

"Local government as a laboratory for program and policy development in health." with Mitchell Katz, M.D. Director, Los Angeles County Health Agency

May 9, 2017 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
UCLA Faculty Center, California Room

Presented by: UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Career Services
"Local government as a laboratory for program and policy development in health."
Mitchell Katz, M.D., Director, Los Angeles County Health Agency

Moderated by Hon. Zev Yaroslavsky
Director of the Los Angeles Initiative; Former Los Angeles County Supervisor

6pm Reception, 7pm presentation RSVP:

Dr. Mitch Katz is charged with leading the Los Angeles County Health Agency, a newly created agency that combines the Departments of Health Services, Public Health, and Mental Health into a single entity to provide more integrated care and programming within Los Angeles. With a budget of 7 billion dollars, 28,000 employees, and a large number of community partners, the former director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services oversees the second largest public safety net system in the United States.
Before he came to Los Angeles Dr. Katz was the Director and Health Officer of the San Francisco Department of Health. He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Medical School and a UCLA Luskin Senior Fellow. 

Event Contact: Kristy J. Sherrer,MS, FSPH Director of Career Services, ksherrer@ph.ucla.edu

Fielding School of Public Health: Making an Impact in Your First 90 Days on the Job

May 16, 2017 (All day)
33-105 CHS
FSPH: 650 Charles E. Young DR S, Los Angeles, CA 90095

During this interactive workshop, Kristy J. Sherrer, Director of Career Services for the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health will detail practical steps to assist attendees in preparing to make a memorable, impactful entrance into their first position after completing their graduate program.

Attendees will leave with an understanding of the following: 

  • Making a Memorable First Impression with High Level Stakeholders and Supervisors 
  • Professional Communication Strategies in Email and Meetings
  • Enhancing Your Professional Image In Person and Online
  • Understanding Company Culture
  • Time Management Strategies for Managing Workloads 

Event Contact: Kristy J. Sherrer, MS, FSPH Director of Career Services, ksherrer@ph.ucla.edu

Memorial Day Holiday

May 29, 2017 (All day)

Spring Quarter 2017 Instruction Ends

June 9, 2017 (All day)

Spring Quarter 2017 Final Exams

June 12, 2017 (All day) - June 16, 2017 (All day)

Spring Quarter 2017 Ends

June 16, 2017 (All day)

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Commencement

June 16, 2017 - 5:30pm
UCLA Royce Hall
340 Royce Dr, Los Angeles, CA

UCLA Fielding School of Public Commencement will begin at 5:30pm on Friday, June 16, 2017.

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