Faculty members play an important role in serving as teachers and mentors to their students and postdoctoral researchers. We understand that it is a monumental task to keep up with the demands of teaching, the dedication to research, and, at the same time, stay informed of the latest research advances. We understand that the priorities you place on your students’ and fellows’ time is heavily weighted toward time in the laboratory advancing your shared research project(s). We also know that you are ultimately committed to their career success.
Our program goal is to enable these PhDs to achieve career success; to explore both academic and non-academic career choices and be appropriately trained to succeed in such professional environments. This training is accomplished through a mix of training workshops, program events, interaction with successful professionals in the chosen fields and professional mentoring. Much of our programming is beneficial to trainees interested in academic jobs as well since the skills obtained in workshops such as leadership, communications, teamwork, project management are critical to running a lab. Moreover, an awareness of how the pharmaceutical sphere operates is important in today’s scientific universe.
The government recognizes the need for preparing trainees for their future and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget recently officially proclaimed that career training is one of the dual roles of grad students and postdocs.
Although program participation is important in terms of individual development, we understand that it represents time away from the lab. Our publication shows that graduate students who participate in iJOBS have shorter time to defense AND more publications than those that do not participate in iJOBS. We believe that career and professional development help with goals and motivation that make trainees more productive. We, therefore, request your cooperation in this endeavor to help our trainees.
Although the program is directed toward PhD students and postdocs, faculty are invited to participate and may benefit as well. By attending events, will learn about the evolving trends of the job market and how the non-academic world including startups and pharmaceutical companies operate. We also welcome to be connected to any of your contacts in the professional world including your former trainees or colleagues who will expand our network and benefit our current trainees. Finally, we would love to have you lead any workshop or session that you think you could contribute to directly. We encourage your involvement and look forward to discussing the ways in which we can enhance the program and better involve faculty members such as yourself.