Developing a “New” Professional Identity for You

June 5, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Holden Auditorium, Farrell Learning and Teaching Center, 520 S Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

Putting your Narrative to Work: Developing a “New” Professional Identity for You

The National Postdoctoral Association’s monthly myPostdoc webinar: personal and professional development for postdocs.

Well-developed career stories are becoming increasingly important for individuals as they navigate an unstable and unpredictable labor market, especially for doctoral degree holders making a career change from the academy to other sectors. As a part of this transition, it is especially important for individuals to begin to think about how they’ll talk about making a career change in their application materials and interviews. This is particularly relevant for those who identified as “researchers” and are now trying to transition into new fields.

The aim of this webinar is to provide attendees tools and exercises to use for personal reflection to help you decide what kinds of jobs you might want to transition into. The seminar will also identify common understandings/beliefs within academic disciplines and industries for what makes “a good hire” or “good candidate” outside the academy. At the end of this seminar, participants will have an outline they can use to develop a “professional narrative” for developing social media profiles, documents for applications, interviewing and job talks.

Speaker:  John Vasquez is a fourth-year doctoral candidate of higher, adult, & lifelong education (HALE) in the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University. He serves as a career consultant for PhD career services in MSU’s Graduate School, a co-lead facilitator for the LeaderShape Institute, and a research associate for the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good at the University of Michigan. His research interests focus on the effect career orientation has on retention and completion of under-represented students (URM) in graduate education including late stage (post-candidacy) attrition and psycho-social factors affecting career trajectories of STEM scientists in postdoctoral training and beyond.