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April 24th Event - How to Start a Successful Biotech with Non-existent Capital

Starting a company is hard and takes a lot of perseverance: there are a lot of moving parts that all need to be coordinated. But an even more basic question is where do I find the parts, and how do I put them in motion....all with no money! Come hear from people who have been there before on topics such as how to find resources on a shoestring budget, what is a must have and where you can cut corners, how to negotiate contracts and licenses, and most importantly where to look for money. We have assembled a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs and professionals who have all "been there and done that" to provide insight into how to start a biotech with non-existent capital. We invite you to come and learn from the experts.

Moderator: Steven Riesinger, Ph.D., CEO and Co-Founder MedChem Partners

Panelists: Michael Cardone, Ph.D., CEO Eutropics Pharmaceuticals; Lauren Celano, Founder and CEO, Propel Careers; Marc Cote, COO Accelient Partners; Julio Vega, Partner Bingham McCutchen, LLP

Location: Bingham Mc Cutchen LLP, Boston MA

Time: 8:00 am - 10:30 am

To register: http://startabiotech.eventfizz.com/

March 7, 2014 Job Search Bootcamp Blog, by Lynes Torres, Blog Writer for Propel Careers

Some people sleep in. Some people hit the snooze button. Others spring out of bed and head to bootcamp... The Propel Careers Job Search Bootcamp is not a sweat session, though. This bootcamp is a speedy yet intense introduction to the world of life science job searching. The Job Search Bootcamp starts with a picture of the career landscape and a map to the variety of career paths within the life sciences sector. With life science job turnover averaging 3 years, the Job Search Bootcamp is a great way for both the newly minted PhD or postdoctoral fellow, and the senior researcher to keep abreast of their career options. In addition, this bootcamp weighs in on some of the common questions and assumptions about careers in life science:

Is it better to work for a smaller or larger company?

Which alternative careers are welcoming science PhDs?

How do I identify and pitch my transferable skills?

How should I identify good companies to work for?

What should I know about a position before I accept the offer?

How does HR use LinkedIn?

How do I approach a promising job description that I'm either over- or under-qualified for?

The wisdom and insight shared during this Bootcamp are as warm and welcoming as the fresh coffee available to participants. If you missed the most recent offering of Job Search Bootcamp, Propel will be offering this workshop again in the near future. Job Search Bootcamp is part of a weekly workshop series that, collectively, provide participants all the tools they need to maximize their career development. To learn more about the CDSS series, click here: http://www.propelcareers.com/index.cfm/events/propel-careers-career-development-seminar-series/

Upcoming Propel Careers Career Development Seminars (CDSS)

In 2014, Propel Careers began offering career development seminars. The seminars cover five different aspects of the job search process including; Job Search Boot Camp: "An Overview of Non-Academic Careers for Ph.D.'s", "Networking Insights", "Building a Positive On-line Personal Brand", "Looking your Best on Paper: Crafting a Resume and Cover Letter", and "Acing the Interview". Advanced registration is required to attend each individual seminar. Limited to 10 attendees per seminar. Seminars are held MONDAY from 8:30am-10:00am, and WEDNESDAY from 2:30pm-4:00pm at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Kendall Square, additional details will be provided upon registration.

The agenda for each seminar is: Check-in and Introductions (15 min); Seminar (1 hr); Question & Answer period (15 min)

Click on Links below to Register:

Job Search Boot Camp: An Overview of Non-Academic Careers for Ph.D.'s

Monday April 7th, 8:30am-10:00am: http://2014cdss11.eventfizz.com/

Wednesday April 9th, 2:30pm-4:00pm: http://2014cdss15.eventfizz.com/

Networking Insights

Monday April 14th, 8:30am-10:00am: http://2014cdss12.eventfizz.com/

Wednesday April 16th, 2:30pm-4:00pm: http://2014cdss16.eventfizz.com/

Building a Positive On-line Personal Brand

Monday April 21st, 8:30am-10:00am: http://2014cdss13.eventfizz.com/

Wednesday April 23rd, 2:30pm-4:00pm: http://2014cdss17.eventfizz.com

Looking your Best on Paper: Crafting a Resume and Cover Letter

Monday April 28th, 8:30am-10:00am: http://2014cdss14.eventfizz.com/

Wednesday April 30th, 2:30pm-4:00pm: http://2014cdss18.eventfizz.com/

Acing the Interview

Monday May 5th, 8:30am-10:00am: http://2014cdss19.eventfizz.com/

Wednesday May 7th, 2:30pm-4:00pm: http://2014cdss20.eventfizz.com/

About the Organizer, Propel Careers - Propel Careers is a Boston based life sciences search and career development firm founded in 2009 to foster entrepreneurship and to cultivate leaders in the life sciences industry. Propel recognizes the importance of job creation and career development opportunities to the success of the industry as well as to next generation of industry leaders. The mission of Propel Careers is to make connections that fuel innovation, and we do this through placement, networking, coaching and mentorship. To learn more, visit: http://www.propelcareers.com

April 15th FILS Event on Research and Development Career Paths in Life Sciences

Are you a current graduate student (MBA, MPH, JD, Eng, Ph.D., MD etc), postdoctoral fellow, or medical resident, interested in learning about the variety of career paths that exist within the research and development areas of life sciences? Are you looking to learn more about the differences between large and small companies and opportunities for individuals to develop careers in these companies? If so, then join us for the 4th FILS event of 2014 which will provide insight into this area. Upcoming events in the series are also listed below. To register, Click Here: http://fils42014.eventfizz.com/

Meeting Agenda

5:30pm-6:00pm – Registration and Open Networking

6:00pm-6:10pm – Introductions and Overview

6:10pm-7:30pm – Panel Discussion. Moderator: Lauren Celano, CEO, Propel Careers; Panelists: Jonathan Levenson, Ph.D., Director, Preclinical Research & Development, NeuroPhage Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Mark Namchuk, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Research, Vertex Pharmaceuticals; Greg Oehrtman, , Ph.D., Director, Product Development, AVEO Pharmaceuticals

7:30pm-8:00pm – Open Networking

The series, created by Propel Careers, MassBio, and the MassBioEd is organized as a series of networking and panel events focused on raising awareness of career paths that exist in life sciences for individuals with advanced degrees. This Futures in Life Science program will bring together experts across a wide range of disciplines and functional areas within the life science industry, who detail their roles and provide a rich context for the audience to gain a clear understanding of the skills, aptitudes, competencies, and personalities that thrive in their particular functions. Attendance for this program is open to current graduate students, post doctoral fellows, and medical residents who are interested in careers in the life sciences industry. The event will focus on the various career options within the life sciences industry. The full schedule is below:

January 21st, 2014 - Overview of Life Sciences Career Paths. To register, Click Here: http://fils12014.eventfizz.com/

February 18th, 2014 - Consulting Career Paths in the Life Science Industry. To register, Click Here: http://fils22014.eventfizz.com/

March 18th, 2014 - Commercialization 1 (Marketing, Product Management, Business Development) Career Paths. To register, Click Here: http://fils32014.eventfizz.com/

April 15th, 2014 - Research and Development Career Paths in Life Sciences. To register, Click Here: http://fils42014.eventfizz.com/

May 13th, 2014 - Clinical Development, Regulatory, and Medical Affairs Career Paths. To register, Click Here: http://fils52014.eventfizz.com/

September 16th, 2014 - Bio-Informatics, Modeling and Systems Biology Career Paths. To register, Click Here: http://fils62014.eventfizz.com/

October 21st, 2014 - Commercialization 2 (Reimbursement, Pharmacoeconomics, Patient Advocacy, and Market Access) Career Paths. To register, Click Here: http://fils72014.eventfizz.com/

November 18th, 2014 - Finance, Legal, Operations Career Paths in Life Sciences. To register, Click Here: http://fils82014.eventfizz.com/

About the Organizers

MassBio - MassBio, a not-for-profit organization that represents and provides services and support for the Massachusetts biotechnology industry, is the nation's oldest biotechnology trade association. Founded in 1985, MassBio is committed to advancing the development of critical new science, technology and medicines that benefit people worldwide. Representing over 600 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, research hospitals, and service organizations involved in life sciences and health care, MassBio works to advance policy and promote education, while providing member programs and events, industry information, and services. To learn more, visit: http://www.massbio.org .

MassBioEd - The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation, founded in 2001, is a non-profit charitable organization committed to supporting science and biotechnology education in Massachusetts through school programs, workforce training, and lifelong learning. MassBioEd is closely affiliated with the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council and helps the Council in fulfilling its goals to nurture the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) pipeline in Massachusetts. To learn more, visit http://www.massbioed.org .

Propel Careers - Propel Careers is a Boston based life sciences search and career development firm founded in 2009 to foster entrepreneurship and to cultivate leaders in the life sciences industry. Propel recognizes the importance of job creation and career development opportunities to the success of the industry as well as to next generation of industry leaders. The mission of Propel Careers is to make connections that fuel innovation, and we do this through placement, networking, coaching and mentorship. To learn more, visit. http://www.propelcareers

March 18th FILS Event on Commercial Career Paths in Life Sciences

Are you a current graduate student (MBA, MPH, JD, Eng, Ph.D., MD etc), postdoctoral fellow, or medical resident, interested in learning about the variety of career paths that exist within the commercial areas of life sciences? Are you looking to learn more about roles like business development, project and alliance management, and commercial development? If so, then join us for the 3rd FILS event of 2014 which will provide insight into this area. Upcoming events in the series are also listed below. To register, Click Here: http://fils32014.eventfizz.com/

Meeting Agenda

5:30pm-6:00pm – Registration and Open Networking

6:00pm-6:10pm – Introductions and Overview

6:10pm-7:30pm – Panel Discussion. Moderator: Lauren Celano, CEO, Propel Careers

Panelists: Victoria Bartlett, Ph.D., Associate Director, Alliance and Program Management, Moderna Therapeutics; Marian Nakada, Ph.D. , Vice President, Venture Investments, Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation (JJDC); Deb Palestrant, Ph.D. , Senior Director, Business Development and Strategy, Editas Medicine; and Adam Schayowitz, Ph.D., MBA, Associate Director Medical Affairs, Algeta

7:30pm-8:00pm – Open Networking

The series, created by Propel Careers, MassBio, and the MassBioEd is organized as a series of networking and panel events focused on raising awareness of career paths that exist in life sciences for individuals with advanced degrees. This Futures in Life Science program will bring together experts across a wide range of disciplines and functional areas within the life science industry, who detail their roles and provide a rich context for the audience to gain a clear understanding of the skills, aptitudes, competencies, and personalities that thrive in their particular functions. Attendance for this program is open to current graduate students, post doctoral fellows, and medical residents who are interested in careers in the life sciences industry. The event will focus on the various career options within the life sciences industry. The full schedule is below:

January 21st, 2014 - Overview of Life Sciences Career Paths. To register, Click Here: http://fils12014.eventfizz.com/

February 18th, 2014 - Consulting Career Paths in the Life Science Industry. To register, Click Here: http://fils22014.eventfizz.com/

March 18th, 2014 - Commercialization 1 (Marketing, Product Management, Business Development) Career Paths. To register, Click Here: http://fils32014.eventfizz.com/

April 15th, 2014 - Research and Development Career Paths in Life Sciences. To register, Click Here: http://fils42014.eventfizz.com/

May 13th, 2014 - Clinical Development, Regulatory, and Medical Affairs Career Paths. To register, Click Here: http://fils52014.eventfizz.com/

September 16th, 2014 - Bio-Informatics, Modeling and Systems Biology Career Paths. To register, Click Here: http://fils62014.eventfizz.com/

October 21st, 2014 - Commercialization 2 (Reimbursement, Pharmacoeconomics, Patient Advocacy, and Market Access) Career Paths. To register, Click Here: http://fils72014.eventfizz.com/

November 18th, 2014 - Finance, Legal, Operations Career Paths in Life Sciences. To register, Click Here: http://fils82014.eventfizz.com/

About the Organizers

MassBio - MassBio, a not-for-profit organization that represents and provides services and support for the Massachusetts biotechnology industry, is the nation's oldest biotechnology trade association. Founded in 1985, MassBio is committed to advancing the development of critical new science, technology and medicines that benefit people worldwide. Representing over 600 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, research hospitals, and service organizations involved in life sciences and health care, MassBio works to advance policy and promote education, while providing member programs and events, industry information, and services. To learn more, visit: http://www.massbio.org .

MassBioEd - The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation, founded in 2001, is a non-profit charitable organization committed to supporting science and biotechnology education in Massachusetts through school programs, workforce training, and lifelong learning. MassBioEd is closely affiliated with the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council and helps the Council in fulfilling its goals to nurture the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) pipeline in Massachusetts. To learn more, visit http://www.massbioed.org .

Propel Careers - Propel Careers is a Boston based life sciences search and career development firm founded in 2009 to foster entrepreneurship and to cultivate leaders in the life sciences industry. Propel recognizes the importance of job creation and career development opportunities to the success of the industry as well as to next generation of industry leaders. The mission of Propel Careers is to make connections that fuel innovation, and we do this through placement, networking, coaching and mentorship. To learn more, visit. http://www.propelcareers.com.

“How” to find a Mentor(s), By Lauren Celano, CEO, Propel Careers

Lauren Celano, CEO, Propel Careers wrote this blog for Bio Careers as part of her monthly contributions. To learn more about Lauren's Blogs for Bio Careers, see link: http://biocareers.com/blog/lauren-celano

A mentor is someone who shares both wisdom and knowledge. Most often a person that is more senior in a role or specific area of expertise. A mentor can be extremely valuable for advice, insight, and professional and personal development. The importance of having a good mentor cannot be overstated; but when and how do you find one (or a few)? I am often asked these questions by people at all stages of professional development, and the simple answer to "when" is now and "how" a bit more involved. . Below are a few tips on "how" to find a mentor.

Many professional societies have mentorship networks/programs, such as the American Chemical Society. Societies exist for all aspects of scientific curiosity, from chemistry to biochemistry, pharmacology to toxicology, and everything in between. There are societies for different diseases and specific types of research. It is important for Ph.D. and postdoctoral scientists to join the professional society (or societies) relevant to their interest and take advantage of the resources that these organizations provide.

Most universities have strong alumni support and many include mentorship networks. Check with your undergraduate, masters, or Ph.D. University to see if one exists. If a program does not exist, at minimum the alumni office should be able to help connect you with people in your field for potential mentorship opportunities.

Many organizations like the Association for Women in Science - http://www.awis.org/ and Healthcare Women's Business Association http://www.hbanet.org/ offer a yearly mentorship program for members within their regional chapters. I have been a mentor for the AWIS Boston chapter for the last three years and enjoy the opportunity to provide advice and guidance to recent undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral fellows, as well as junior industry professionals.

The International Center for Professional Development, http://icpdprograms.org/ provides a wonderful mentorship program for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the biotech and medtech workforce, which includes Hispanic Americans, Pacific Islanders, African Americans and Native Americans. In addition to this program, the ICPD also has a Medtech mentorship program tailored for military veterans. Each of their programs pairs a mentee with an experienced industry professional who is extremely passionate about cultivating the next generation of life sciences leaders. Additionally, Sacnas http://sacnas.org/ is a wonderful resource for Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists.

A good mentor is can be an invaluable part of your personal and professional development plan. Mentorship can be structured in many ways such as through a formal program, like the ones mentioned above, or informally, through conversations with individuals who you happen to connect with during your course of networking. I look forward to receiving feedback on other ways people have connected with mentors.

Postponed Feb 18th FILS Event - new date Feb 25th 2014.

The FILS event focusing on life sciences consulting career paths that was scheduled to take place on Feb 18th from 5:30-8:00pm has been postponed due to weather. This event will now occur on Tuesday February 25th from 5:30-8pm. The location is the same - MassBio Offices, 300 Technology Square, 8th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02139. To register for the event, click here a href="http://fils22014.eventfizz.com">http://fils22014.eventfizz.com.

The meeting agenda is below. We look forward to a wonderful event.

Meeting Agenda

5:30pm-6:00pm – Registration and Open Networking

6:00pm-6:10pm – Introductions and Overview

6:10pm-7:30pm – Panel Discussion. Moderator: Lauren Celano, CEO, Propel Careers; Michael Iacoviello, Ph.D., Associate, Health Advances; Daniel Neuman, Ph.D., Group Leader, Chemistry & Materials Group, Global Prior Art; Sara Xiaoyan Yin, MBA, Ph.D., Consultant, Simon- Kucher & Partners; Rohin Rajan, Engagement Manager, Deloitte Consulting.

7:30pm-8:00pm – Open Networking

The series, created by Propel Careers, MassBio, and the MassBioEd is organized as a series of networking and panel events focused on raising awareness of career paths that exist in life sciences for individuals with advanced degrees. This Futures in Life Science program will bring together experts across a wide range of disciplines and functional areas within the life science industry, who detail their roles and provide a rich context for the audience to gain a clear understanding of the skills, aptitudes, competencies, and personalities that thrive in their particular functions. Attendance for this program is open to current graduate students, post doctoral fellows, and medical residents who are interested in careers in the life sciences industry. The event will focus on the various career options within life sciences consulting. The full 2014 FILS schedule is below: January 21st, 2014 - Overview of Life Sciences Career Paths. To register, Click Here: http://fils12014.eventfizz.com/

February 18th, 2014 - Consulting Career Paths in the Life Science Industry. To register, Click Here: http://fils22014.eventfizz.com/

March 18th, 2014 - Commercialization 1 (Marketing, Product Management, Business Development) Career Paths. To register, Click Here: http://fils32014.eventfizz.com/

April 15th, 2014 - Research and Development Career Paths in Life Sciences. To register, Click Here: http://fils42014.eventfizz.com/

May 13th, 2014 - Clinical Development, Regulatory, and Medical Affairs Career Paths. To register, Click Here: http://fils52014.eventfizz.com/

September 16th, 2014 - Bio-Informatics, Modeling and Systems Biology Career Paths. To register, Click Here: http://fils62014.eventfizz.com/

October 21st, 2014 - Commercialization 2 (Reimbursement, Pharmacoeconomics, Patient Advocacy, and Market Access) Career Paths. To register, Click Here: http://fils72014.eventfizz.com/

November 18th, 2014 - Finance, Legal, Operations Career Paths in Life Sciences. To register, Click Here: http://fils82014.eventfizz.com/

About the Organizers

MassBio - MassBio, a not-for-profit organization that represents and provides services and support for the Massachusetts biotechnology industry, is the nation's oldest biotechnology trade association. Founded in 1985, MassBio is committed to advancing the development of critical new science, technology and medicines that benefit people worldwide. Representing over 600 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, research hospitals, and service organizations involved in life sciences and health care, MassBio works to advance policy and promote education, while providing member programs and events, industry information, and services. To learn more, visit: http://www.massbio.org .

MassBioEd - The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation, founded in 2001, is a non-profit charitable organization committed to supporting science and biotechnology education in Massachusetts through school programs, workforce training, and lifelong learning. MassBioEd is closely affiliated with the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council and helps the Council in fulfilling its goals to nurture the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) pipeline in Massachusetts. To learn more, visit http://www.massbioed.org .

Propel Careers - Propel Careers is a Boston based life sciences search and career development firm founded in 2009 to foster entrepreneurship and to cultivate leaders in the life sciences industry. Propel recognizes the importance of job creation and career development opportunities to the success of the industry as well as to next generation of industry leaders. The mission of Propel Careers is to make connections that fuel innovation, and we do this through placement, networking, coaching and mentorship. To learn more, visit. http://www.propelcareers.com.

Blog from Career Development Seminar Series: Looking Your Best on Paper

By Lynes Torres, Blog writer for Propel Careers

What does your story look like on paper? Maybe you've mastered your elevator pitch but what about your CV/resume? A good CV/resume and cover letter are often your foot into the door so their content, format and clarity are integral. Propel Careers offered the public an opportunity to kick start their week with a Monday morning resume and cover letter writing workshop. In just over an hour, volumes of insight and tidbits were divulged to eager participants. This workshop featured sample templates to demonstrate key features. Propel Careers demystified the differences between a CV and a resume, a point of confusion for many in science. Once you identify which document you need, the battle lines are drawn on two major fronts: content and formatting. It's easy to use jargon in describing your research, but it's not always appropriate. The content and language of your CV or resume has to have your audience in mind, but also highlight mastery of your research topic. The proper sectioning can also help highlight your experience and skills succinctly; and Propel demonstrated artistic ways of going about this. This Propel Careers workshop even dug into subtle details such as integrating non-research experiences and appropriate font size. Although you may have missed this particular workshop, Propel Careers is offering more Monday morning workshops during the year on this topic as well as Networking Insights, Building a Positive On-line Personal Brand, Acing the Interview, and Job Search Bootcamp. Intimate group sizes of 10 or fewer allow for great discussions and one-on-one feedback. And don't worry, coffee and bagels are readily available for those of you who need that extra boost in the morning!

To see more about the CDSS series, see link: http://www.propelcareers.com/index.cfm/events/propel-careers-career-development-seminar-series/

How to Give a Great Chalk Talk

By Jena Pitman-Leung, Ph.D., Career Consultant, Propel Careers

You've done it. For almost a decade you've worked your tail off during your Ph.D., and worked even HARDER as a post-doc. You published well, schmoozed at conferences, presented your data to adoring peers, served on committees, written chapters/commentaries/reviews, trained legions of undergrads, grad students, and technical staff.... and after sending out 50 job applications, you've landed an interview at one of your top choices. The search committee chairperson informs you that you will be expected to give a departmental seminar (piece of cake), meet with faculty (no problem), have lunch with the students (they'll love me), and give a chalk talk (a what?).

The "chalk talk" is an object of mystery to most people on the academic track. As PhD students and postdocs, most of us are not privy to the inner workings of the departmental hiring process, and if we are in a small department, or one that is not hiring, we may never experience a faculty search first hand. Those of us that do may not have the opportunity to ask our advisers what goes on behind that closed door for several hours. Thankfully, while I was a postdoc, my department was expanding and interviewing many highly qualified candidates for an assistant professor position. My adviser served as Chair of the search committee one year, and was happy to indulge my endless nosy questions about the candidates, the interview process, and the opinions of other faculty members. I learned a lot from him about what distinguishes one candidate from another. In many cases, it was not the quality of their publications, or the seniority of their postdoc advisor that gained them the stamp of approval; it was the quality of the chalk talk.

A chalk talk is very individual, and can vary by institution, but is most often an "informal" data proposal/ brainstorming session that involves the candidate writing out their research plan on a chalkboard or white board and presenting it to the search committee. It can be a daunting process for people who have not been trained to think or present data this way, and it is easy to falter. The best way to impress the search committee is to be ORGANIZED in advance. Here are a few tips for how to stay organized and give a great chalk talk:

1. Approach your chalk talk preparation like writing a grant application. Prepare a list of Aims with experiments, outcomes, interpretations, and alternative approaches. Plan enough experiments to get you through the first ~5 years.

2. As with a grant application, plan some "doable" experiments with a high likelihood of working, using techniques that you already know. Plan additional experiments that may be riskier, but could produce much higher profile results. Make it clear that you know that these experiments are risky, but show excitement and bravery and a willingness to learn and venture into new territories.

3. Research your potential new department. Show them that you are interested in the department by suggesting potential collaborations and interactions with your colleagues, ie. borrowing expensive equipment that they already own, or sharing expensive equipment that you plan to purchase to further their research.

4. Try to stay as relaxed and non-defensive as possible when asked questions by other faculty members. Be open to new ideas, approaches, and suggestions. But don't let them pull you off course or deviate too much from your plan.

5. Be as concise and direct as you can be. Try not to get yourself into a hole that is difficult to get out of, avoid pitfalls by leading the conversation.

MOST IMPORTANTLY:

6. To stay on target and keep your thoughts organized, write out your plan in bullet points. Ask if you can arrive 5-10 minutes early to the room where your talk will be held and write the bullet points on the side of the board. If you can't arrive early, bring a piece of paper with you with your plan written on it, and refer to it, or take a few minutes to transfer it onto the board before you start. Write legibly, and do NOT erase your plan. As you proceed, use the entire remainder of the board for figures, illustrations, etc. Add to or subtract from your plan as you go, but not so much that it becomes difficult to read. Leave the plan as a lasting impression on the search committee. It will also help them to organize their thoughts as you progress through your plan.

7. PRACTICE. If you have a group of peers who you trust to give you constructive feedback, and who are willing to dedicate a few hours on a weekend, buy them some pizza a beer and practice your chalk talk with them. Even going through the exercise of writing your plan out on the board will help ease your nerves, and may help you to identify a more efficient way to organize your thoughts.

The chalk talk is, in the words of my adviser, "the part that should close the deal". It is your chance to really shine, to interact in a positive way with your potential future colleagues, and to express your enthusiasm for the years ahead, and finally becoming independent! Good luck to all of you who reach this important milestone!

Thanks to my postdoc adviser, Scott Waddell (Oxford University), for contributing to this article.

More Dates Posted: Propel Careers Career Development Seminar Series

In Jan 2014, Propel began a rotating weekly seminar series that starts with an overview of the job search process (Job Search Boot Camp), and then delves into the details of how to land a new role, including Networking Insights, Building a Positive On-line Personal Brand, Looking your Best on Paper, and Acing the Interview. The kickoff event for the 2014 CDSS series was on January 27th 2014.

Agenda for the Seminar: 8:30-8:45: Arrival, light breakfast; 8:45-9:45: Seminar; 9:45-10:00: Question & Answer period

Space is limited to 10 participants, and advanced registration is required to attend the seminars. Attendance for this program is open to current or future job seekers who are interested in careers in the life sciences industry or academia. Seminars will occur on Mondays from 8:30am-10:00am in Kendall Sq, Cambridge (details will be provided upon registration). The upcoming seminar dates are below:

NEXT WEEK: February 10th 2014, Seminar 3: Building a Positive On-line Personal Brand. To register: http://2014cdss3.eventfizz.com

February 17th 2014, Seminar 4: Looking your Best on Paper; To register: http://2014cdss4.eventfizz.com

February 24th 2014, Seminar 5: Acing the Interview; To register: http://2014cdss5.eventfizz.com

March 3rd Seminar 1: Job Search Boot Camp; To register: http://2014cdss6.eventfizz.com

March 10th 2014, Seminar 2: Networking Insights; To register: http://2014cdss7.eventfizz.com

March 17th 2014, Seminar 3: Building a Positive On-line Personal Brand; To register: http://2014cdss8.eventfizz.com

About the Organizer. Propel Careers - Propel Careers is a Boston based life sciences search and career development firm founded in 2009 to foster entrepreneurship and to cultivate leaders in the life sciences industry. Propel recognizes the importance of job creation and career development opportunities to the success of the industry as well as to next generation of industry leaders. The mission of Propel Careers is to make connections that fuel innovation, and we do this through placement, networking, coaching and mentorship. To learn more, visit. http://www.propelcareers.com.

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