On Thursday, October 30, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) hosted the inaugural Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Career Day.
Career Day was attended by undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows from StMU, UIW, TBRI, USAISR, UTHSCSA and UTSA, and consisted of a keynote speaker, 12 exhibitors, a Photo Booth sponsored by the UTHSCSA Postdoctoral (UP) Association, and 8 dynamic career development workshops.
Scientist, comedian, and writer Adam Ruben gave a knee-slapping show, emphasizing taking full advantage of your graduate training and taking charge of your future, as well as the importance of events like Career Day. While Adam signed copies of his book, including a copy for the raffle winner, trainees explored 12 exhibits representing local, national, and global employers, networking groups, and professional organizations. Attendees lined up to receive a free professional photo, courtesy of UP, and filled the classrooms for their opportunity to engage with field experts in workshop discussions.
Workshop leaders gave tips for building a resume and interview skills and described careers as medical science liaisons, entrepreneurs, and academic educators. Additionally, trainees gained perspective on the different opportunities for research in academic, industrial, and military laboratories.
The workshops, keynote, and exhibitors shared a similar encouraging messageathat the superb training at institutions like UTHSCSA will prepare trainees for any scientific career, and that resources like mentors, the Office of Career Development, and professional events like Career Day can be invaluable in your training.
The Graduate School of Biomedical Science’s Office of Career Development offers many resources for all UTHSCSA trainees, faculty, and staff. Bookmark their calendar and subscribe to this blog for news on the latest professional development events.
Finally, the first GSBS Career Day could not have been possible without support from across the UT Health Science Center. We would like to thank the sponsors for the day’s events:
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Dean’s Office
Office of the Vice President for Research
School of Medicine Dean’s Office
Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science
Department of Cellular and Structural Biology
Department of Physiology
Career Day is intended to be a yearly event hosted by the GSA and our Office of Career Development. We look forward to many more great events in the future.