Career Development Resources
Professional Development Planning (The Graduate School)
Consolidated listing of Northwestern-wide resources
|Areas of programming||Ongoing Workshops and Programming||Resources for One-on-One Assistance|
|Presentation and Communication Skills||Advanced Professional and Presentation Skills for Graduate Students|
|Writing and Editing|
|Career Exploration and Job Search||University Career Services Programming for Graduate Students|
|Leadership and Management||Management for Scientists and Engineers Certificate Program||Center for Leadership – Fellowship in Leadership and Individual Coaching and Consultation|
|Graduate Student Success||The Center for Civic Engagement, Graduate Engagement Opportunities||
Department/program Directors of Graduate Study, staff, and advisors
BioProfessionals Program (Interdepartmental Biological Sciences Graduate Program)
- BioSurvivals Skills Workshop Series consists of five interactive workshops, each lasting two to four hours. Topics include presentation skills, writing and publishing scientific articles, regulatory biology, grant and CV writing, and job hunting. The workshops take place quarterly, on both campuses.
- Pathway to the Professoriate This program specifically focuses on academic career paths, especially the professoriate. Presentations touch upon issues important for successful academic careers including lab management, startup package negotiations, issues for women and minorities, grants, and the tenure-track process. These conversations take place monthly over lunch.
- BioOpportunities Career Seminars is a quarterly seminar series that regularly invites alumni and other professionals to talk about the diversity of careers available to the PhD student. BioOpportunities has also developed a database of alumni and former speakers to serve as a career resource as well as to facilitate essential networking contacts.
- Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) The PFF program is built around three core experiences designed to turn successful students into successful faculty members. First, students are paired with a distinguished faculty member from the Chicago area to experience firsthand the demands of the academic workplace. Second, students participate in a course designed by the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence to prepare candidates for the job market. Third, students attend a professional development conference called NU Directions held at Northwestern University where PFF Alumni and Chicago-area faculty share their insights about the job market and workplace.
- IBiS/PBS/Searle Teaching Certificate Program – IBiS will again support teaching development opportunities for advanced graduate students in collaboration with the Searle Center for Advancing Learning & Teaching and the Program in Biological Sciences (PBS) by opening course sections for students to co-teach, such as a biology-related Freshman Seminar or BIOL SCI 164 Genetics and Evolution. Since the IBiS Program is only able to guarantee a few teaching spots each year, students will need to apply to IBiS for these opportunities. Students are required to obtain consent from their laboratory PI prior to applying for this program. The deadline to apply is May 3, 2013. For additional information please see the announcement and application forms:
Industrial Associates Program in the Department of Chemistry
Industrial Associates (IA) is an annual program that introduces students to careers in industry and facilitates industrial organization’s recruiting efforts by identifying students at various points in their careers. Both students and industry representatives benefit from the high level of interaction and relationship building at IA. Events include roundtable discussions, panels, research poster sessions and informal networking. Industrial Associates will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2013 on the Evanston campus.
- Resume book: Each year, the Department of Chemistry compiles a resume book. The book includes resumes from Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows who are within one year of completing their studies in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Please contact Michelle Obuhanich (mobuhanich [at] northwestern [dot] edu) if you would like access to the resume book.
- Recruitment program: The department of Chemistry welcome companies to visit campus in the fall (or anytime throughout the year) to participate in its recruitment program and interview candidates featured in the resume book. The department will provide space for large group information sessions as well as offices for one-on-one interviews. Fall recruitment typically begins at the end of September and continues through mid-November.
Office of Career Development, McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science MCD in Ford 2.350
Resume Writing Workshops: We will cover the basics of Resume Writing for university students looking for internships and cooperative engineering educational opportunities. NO RSVP is needed for resume writing workshops. Please feel free to stop by on the days and times below. If you have any questions please contact MCD at 847-491-3366 or mcd [at] northwestern [dot] edu. Resume Writing Powerpoint from the Workshop this fall. We also have handouts in our office in Ford room 2.350 or you can come by for walk in hours on Fridays.
One on One Advice: EVERY FRIDAY AFTERNOON beginning Friday, September 30, 2011 MCD will offer open appointments to meet with our career development advisors one-on-one and receive advice on your resume or career search without an appointment. The office will be open from 1-5 with a sign in sheet and we will see students first come first serve based on when you have signed in on the sign in sheet available at the front desk. The sign in sheet will close at 4:30 and advisors will see any remaining students at that time. This is open to all students, not only students registered with our office.
Career Fair Workshops: We will offer 2 workshops on how to prepare for a career fair, conducting company research and networking. No RSVP is needed for these workshops. These workshops are designed to assist you in your preparation for SWE Industry Day and other Career Fairs throughout the quarter. Stop by our office for handouts on networking and career fair preparation. Career Fair Powerpoint Presentation from workshop.
Interview Workshops: These workshops will give you tips on how to be successful in an interview. There will be a presentation of what to do and what not to do in an interview. Following the presentation there will be an opportunity for participants to conduct practice interviews with each other or the presenter. No RSVP is needed. Stop by our office for handouts and information on how to prepare for an interview. Interview Workshop Powerpoint Presentation
Biomedical Engineering Career Resources
Current students have many resources available to them to help them find and land the job that suits them best. Those who are interested in obtaining an internship or full-time position may find the following resources useful.
- BMES Career Connections BMES Career Connections serves as a career resources and job site for biomedical engineering students and early career professionals.
- Northwestern University Career Services Northwestern’s Career Services Office offers comprehensive career services including career counseling and assessment, resume reviews, and individual job searching assistance.
- LinkedIn Join the Northwestern Biomedical Engineering group on LinkedIn to connect with NU BME alumni
- Northwestern Alumni Association Take advantage of the networking and mentoring opportunities available through the NAA.
- BME Co-op and Internship listings This is an extensive list of co-op and internship opportunities for BME students compiled by an outside organization (RIT).
- Biomedical Engineering Job Resource Center The Biomedical Engineering Job Resource Center is an external search engine for biomedical engineering positions.
Searle Center for Advanced Learning and Teaching
- NTAC Workshop Leader Program The NTAC Workshop Leader program is an excellent professional development opportunity for NU graduate students to develop their presentation skills and discuss teaching and learning issues with graduate students across disciplines. The summer training combines discussion of learning theory with reflections on best practices in teaching. Participation in the summer training sessions as well as leading workshops in September give graduate students multiple opportunities to receive feedback and reflect on their teaching practice. Former Workshop Leaders often continue to participate in more competitive and long-term programs at the Searle Center such as the Teaching Certificate Program or as a Graduate Teaching Fellow.
- Teaching Certificate Program Reflecting on their teaching practice through a series of seminars, workshops, and small-group discussions, participants will develop a course design project and teaching portfolio by the end of the program. At the core of the Teaching Certificate Program are five seminars that focus on developing skills as a critically reflective instructor. Participants read literature on course design, assessment, student backgrounds, teaching methods, and evaluation. Participants also meet quarterly in small discipline-specific groups led by Graduate Teaching Mentors to discuss the development of course design projects and receive feedback on teaching philosophies. Over the course of the year, participants attend at least two workshops offered by the Searle Center, as well as meet on a quarterly basis with a faculty mentor to discuss teaching and learning issues.
- Graduate Teaching Fellows Graduate Teaching Fellows (GTF) are a select group of advanced graduate students with a demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence. The GTF program allows Fellows to further develop their own teaching and professional skills while contributing to the pedagogical development of other graduate students. Fellows work with the Searle Center to produce programming and resources that help to promote a vibrant culture of teaching and learning across Northwestern. Graduate Teaching Fellows are selected each spring via a competitive application process. Fellows are appointed for a full academic year, with the possibility of reappointment in subsequent years. The fellowship carries a $3,000 stipend.
- Graduate Workshops We invite all graduate students and postdocs to attend our highly interactive workshops that integrate the latest research and theory on student learning with the practices of the best teachers. Led by Searle Teaching Center staff and Graduate Teaching Fellows, these sessions help graduate TAs and instructors address key learning problems within and across their disciplines. Workshops are offered free of charge, and locations vary. Registration is required; space is limited.
- WCAS/TGS Teaching Fellowship The WCAS/TGS Teaching Fellowship is granted annually to two graduate students who have displayed exceptional teaching skills at Northwestern. Fellows receive a $2,000 stipend to teach a WCAS Freshman Seminar in their department, and are mentored and supported by a designated faculty mentor and Searle staff prior to and during the teaching of the course in the spring quarter. With the support of the Searle Center, WCAS/TGS Teaching Fellows also create a teaching development event for other graduate students in the form of a presentation, roundtable, or workshop. Fellows are required to have completed the Searle Center’s Teaching Certificate Program OR be enrolled in the program during the year of the fellowship. All applicants must receive approval from their department chair and/or director of graduate study to teach in their department. The Searle Center does not schedule courses.
- CIRTL at Northwestern The Center for the Integration of Teaching Research and Learning (CIRTL), is an national NSF-funded teaching and learning center working to advance the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in higher education, particularly by providing programs for future faculty professional development. Northwestern’s CIRTL program, co-sponsored by the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence, The Graduate School, the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, the Feinberg School of Medicine, and the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, will build a community of practice within and across the STEM disciplines — both locally and nationally — to address challenges in STEM teaching and learning. The Northwestern STEM community is encouraged to participate in the CIRTL Coffee Hour Series (online discussions facilitated by STEM faculty and staff across the CIRTL Network institutions) and the CIRTLCast Series (webinars to discuss issues in STEM teaching and learning). Beginning in January, Northwestern will offer new programs such as a Teaching Colloquium Series for all interested graduate students, postdocs, and faculty. For more information, please contact Rob Linsenmeier (Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neurobiology) or Nancy Ruggeri (Associate Director of Graduate Programs at the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence).