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Winter 2016
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Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Funding Peer
Stephanie Griffin
Mon: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: noon-2 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.

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Friday
Feb262016

Recap of Resume Workshop

For most graduate students, their resumes are dusty, outdated documents that are lost somewhere in the files. If you are like most graduate students, then you could benefit from learning a few tips on how to create a great resume!

Here is a brief recap of how to make a great graduate student resume:

  • You can use your CV as a reference, but consider this as a totally new document with a new purpose: to briefly showcase your relevant skills
  • Research is the basis for a great, well-crafted resume
  • You need to target each and every resume for the job you apply for - this means you will have to edit and change the order of various sections and the text of bullets to be geared towards various positions to better align with the job you are after
  • Resumes should be one page! (Two pages is sometimes acceptable)
  • You generally need a cover letter in addition to a resume when applying to industry jobs
  • Font size needs to be 11 or 12
  • Typical sections include education, relevant experience, and skills - utilizing clear titles for sections will be important to organizing your experiences
  • You need 3-5 bullet points per place of work where you elaborate beyond duties and discuss what you did, how you did it, and outcomes/results of your work (hint: include transferable skills!)

Check out UCSB’s Career Services resume tips for more information and please consider coming in to meet with me to review your resume!

Thursday
Feb252016

Recap of Transferable Skills Workshop

Credit: inspiringinterns.comTransferable skills is a buzzword in nowadays – perhaps you’ve heard the term and wondered, "What does that really mean?"

In case you missed it, on February 3, I presented a workshop on how to identify the transferable skills you are getting from your graduate program. Transferable skills can be defined as a way to talk about your academic skills more broadly. By being able to recognize your transferable skills, you are able to talk to people outside academia and those unfamiliar with working with Ph.D./Masters students about the skills that are relevant to what they do.

In grad school, you learn to become a highly trained researcher who can understand nuanced and specialized information. This is what you are working hard to achieve, and this is to be celebrated. But it certainly isn’t the full range of skills you are learning. So what else are you getting from your graduate program? You are learning skills that go beyond technical skills and fall into other categories such as how to work on a team, how to develop and manage a project, and how to communicate difficult concepts.

The art of this is thinking about your tasks and turning them into skills. I encourage you to spend time thinking of what your transferable skills are, beyond the specific duties or tasks assigned by your advisor.

The other point I wanted to make is that graduate students often have to become their own advocates in order to show how the knowledge you have is relevant and applicable to various employers. To do that, you need to learn how to talk your skills beyond your highly specified knowledge. By being able to show what your diverse skill set is, you are opening the door to many possibilities.

Stay tuned for this popular workshop to be held again in the near future!

Monday
Feb222016

Careers Beyond Academia: A Conversation with Recent Musicology Ph.D.s

Are you a Humanities grad student wondering about careers outside the academy? Then consider attending an event hosted by the UCSB Department of Music on pursuing alternatives to academic careers after getting a Ph.D. The event is this Friday, February 26, from 3:30-5 p.m., and will feature three recent musicology Ph.D.s in a conversation about how they transformed their graduate school experiences into opportunities outside the academic job market. While the primary audience will be students in musicology and ethnomusicology, the issues discussed will certainly resonate with grad students from other humanities disciplines. See the flyer below for more information.

Wednesday
Feb172016

Versatile Ph.D. STEM Online Panel Discussion: 'Careers in Software Development'

Versatile Ph.D. will host a free web-based asynchronous panel discussion on "Careers in Software Development" from February 22-26. All panelists are Ph.D.s from STEM fields, including:

  • An Applied Mathematics Ph.D. who has worked in software development for many years as a developer and Team Lead, and is now Technical Project Manager at a legal software company
  • A Biophysics Ph.D. who is a Scientific Software Developer at a mathematical computing software company
  • A Genetics Ph.D. who does Business Development, Sales Engineering, and Technical Account Management at an enterprise software company while also adjuncting on the side
  • An Applied Mathematics Ph.D. who adjuncted briefly before becoming a Software Developer at General Motors

You can interact with panelists throughout the week on the site, or follow the discussion via email. All questions welcome, from the most general to the very specific. As a UCSB graduate student, you have free access to the information and resources on the Versatile Ph.D. website. To learn more about accessing its premium content, such as the panel discussions, follow these simple instructions provided by the Graduate Division.

Wednesday
Feb102016

STEM Outreach Program in México: Call for Instructors 

Clubes de Ciencia México is looking for instructors to teach Clubes de Ciencia (Science Clubs) in México this summer. They are looking for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. 

The Clubes de Ciencia México will take place in six cities: Ensenada, Guanajuato, Monterrey, Xalapa, Oaxaca, and Merida. Each Club is a week long with two dates to choose from: Week 1 (July 23-31) and Week 2 (July 30-August 7).

Not fluent in Spanish? No problem. Clubes can be taught in English and language barriers can be tackled with the help of their local instructors. 

Application Deadline: February 15, 2016 

For more information: http://www.clubesdeciencia.mx

Check out what previous instructors say about the program: 

 

Friday
Feb052016

Call for 2016 Spatial Lightning Talk Presentations

Do you have an idea for a spatially-oriented topic you can summarize in just 3 minutes? Spatial@UCSB is looking for intrepid presenters – students, faculty, staff, and friends – to give inspirational, educational, or just plain entertaining talks related to geography or space (i.e., just about anything). These talks are limited to 3 minutes per presenter, so it’s crucial to be efficient in your delivery and use more visuals than text. This is also a great chance to practice your Grad Slam-style presentation skills! For inspiration, watch videos of past years' talks. Participants from all departments and disciplines are welcome.

To present in the 2016 Spatial Lightning Talks, contact Crystal Bae by February 15 (preferably sooner).

What: 5th Annual Lightning Talks presented by spatial@ucsb
When: Monday, February 29 (lunch provided starting at 11:45 a.m., presentations begin at noon)
Where: Student Resource Building, Multipurpose Room
More Information: View the call for presentations

Wednesday
Feb032016

Think Like an Entrepreneur

As a graduate student, you may think of yourself as more of an apprentice than an entrepreneur. However, intellectual entrepreneurs (such as those engaged in academic research) are those who "take risks and seize opportunities, discover and create knowledge, innovate, collaborate, and solve problems in any number of social realms," according to Richard Cherwitz, a professor in the rhetoric department at the University of Texas at Austin.

In a recent article on Vitae, James Van Wyck encourages graduate students to apply to their career preparation the same entrepreneurial spirit they apply to their academic research. By thinking more like an entrepreneur (or a professional, CEO or revolutionary) and less like an apprentice, graduate students can better prepare themselves for a range of fulfilling and meaningful careers. Van Wyck gives some practical steps you can take:
  1. Begin by evaluating your relationship with your graduate adviser. Even if you have the best of advisers, she can’t help as much when it comes to alt-ac or compatible careers. Run your career search with the help of multiple advisers – an informal board of directors, if you will.
  2. Reject any discourse that figures your career using static metaphors. It’s not all or nothing. It’s not academe or bust. The idea of careers inside, outside, or even beyond higher education may not make sense when you’re in the middle of your career.
  3. Be aware of career choices made by osmosis. If you only hang with one group, you’re likely to absorb the norms of that group. So do a quick diagnosis: Whom do you associate with on a regular basis? Are they a diverse bunch with varying career goals?
  4. Learn to engage with people outside your field and the university setting. If you are going to strike out in new directions, you’ll need to get used to interacting with people who may never have thought of hiring or collaborating with a Ph.D. Familiarize yourself with organizations and people with whom you might like to work by regularly setting up informational interviews.
  5. Don’t only shift your attitude – act like an entrepreneur. Allow for more career possibilities by adjusting your habits, expanding your networks and diversifying what you make. Look up key characteristics of an entrepreneur and then cultivate a checklist of ideas that make sense for you and your discipline.
To read the full article, click here. To get regular updates from Vitae, sign up for their e-mail digest, or connect via Facebook or Twitter.
Friday
Jan292016

Intel Seeks Engineering Ph.D.s

The Portland Technology Development group of Intel Corporation currently has openings for Ph.D.s to support/direct R&D of advanced processing methods. Candidates hired for these positions will be responsible for developing the next generation of Intel's microprocessors.

Ph.D. candidates in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related fields are encouraged to apply. Criteria for selection include: a strong academic record, demonstrated experimental and data analysis expertise, superior critical thinking skills, an ability to drive and take responsibility for projects and a solid peer-reviewed publication record. Experience using and maintaining scientific equipment is preferred. Semiconductor processing experience is not mandatory.

Openings are immediately available at Intel’s primary development facility located about 10 miles west of Portland, Oregon. Please see a more detailed job description included below. Interested candidates should email resumes to Youngki Hong.

PTD Intel Corporation

PTD Module Engineers are responsible for leading scientific research and enabling manufacture of innovative device architectures coupled with the realization of these architectures. Responsibilities include designing, executing and analyzing experiments necessary to meet engineering specifications for their process. A Module Engineer participates in the development of intellectual property and the development of the equipment necessary to exploit understanding gained in research (in collaboration with equipment suppliers.) The Engineer must work effectively with the equipment supplier to identify shortcomings, propose and evaluate hardware modification to mitigate issues and operate the manufacturing line in order to integrate the many individual steps necessary for the manufacture of complex microprocessors. Module Engineers are also responsible for overseeing in-situ ramp to manufacturing volumes to demonstrate that the technology meets requirements while simultaneously transferring the technology to counterparts in manufacturing via 'Copy Exactly!' methodology. Module ownership includes the install and qualification of manufacturing capacity at the development site and audit installation/qualification and supervision of first full loop at the production site. Must hold a PhD.

Qualifications

You must possess a minimum of a Ph.D. degree majoring in Physics, Material Science, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, or a related field.

Criteria for selection include: a strong academic record, demonstrated experimental and data analysis expertise, superior critical thinking skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, creativity and flexibility to thrive under changing priorities, strong teamwork skills, an ability to drive and take responsibility for projects and a solid peer-reviewed publication record. Experience using and maintaining scientific equipment is preferred. Semiconductor processing experience is not mandatory.

Job Category

Engineering

Primary Location

USA-Oregon, Hillsboro

Full/Part Time

Full Time

Business Group

As the world's largest chip manufacturer, Intel strives to make every facet of semiconductor manufacturing state-of-the-art -- from semiconductor process development and manufacturing, through yield improvement to final test and optimization, and lastly packaging. Employees in the Technology and Manufacturing group are part of a worldwide network of manufacturing and assembly/test facilities.

Posting Statement

Intel prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status. 

Thursday
Jan212016

Exploring Careers Alongside and Outside of Academia: Recap

In case you couldn’t make it, I wanted to give you an overview of my presentation last week on Exploring Careers Alongside and Outside of Academia. Here you'll find an overview of how to do a non-academic job search, what you need to think about for yourself, and a list of resources to start exploring what jobs are out there. Please consider coming in to talk with me further if you have specfic questions on how to make this process work best for you!

How to Search for Non-Academic Jobs

First and foremost: you must put in the time and effort if you want a job that fits for you.

  • Step 1: Brainstorm Ideas. Start from scratch if you need to! Consider taking a career assessment to help you generate ideas. Check out resources below to get inspiration. Consider browsing LinkedIn for ideas as well.
  • Step 2: Research and Investigate Options. Look at the practicality and feasibility of your options.
  • Step 3: Gain Experience. This is key to making you a qualified applicant! Consider a part-time job, volunteer experience, and/or carving out time in the summer to gain skills. Employers value experience heavily.

What It Takes To Do a Career Search

Know yourself.

  •  Spend time thinking (away from job stress!)
  •  Commit to doing something you’ve always wanted to do
  •  Take career assessments (MBTI, Strengths)

Know your interests and values.

  • Write top 5 values in your life and top 5 values in your career
  • Take ‘Work Values Assessment’
  • Take Career Assessment (Strong Interest Inventory)
  • Look for positive feedback from others (employers, faculty, peers, etc.)

Assess your career path.

  • Have your interests/circumstances changed?
  • Read “So What Are You Going To Do With That?” by Basalla and Debelius
  • Who do you respect in your life? What do they do? Why does it matter to them?

General Resources for UCSB Grad Students

  • UCSB Career Resource Room: hold publications in the room (Building 599, CRR). Alternatively, you could look online for the lists of books and publications (http://career.sa.ucsb.edu/career-resources/online-career-library)
  • Local Listings: The UCSB Career Room has “booklists” that have names of companies (Building 599, CRR).
  • LinkedIn: look at LinkedIn profiles of UCSB alumni in your discipline to get inspiration and maybe make a connection (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/55812/profile)
  • Gaucholink: Look at UCSB’s gaucholink for job postings for Ph.D. and master’s students (http://career.sa.ucsb.edu/students/gaucholink)
  • UC Employment Opportunities (California): Employment opportunities available throughout the UC System (http://jobs.universityofcalifornia.edu/)
  • Versatile PhD: UCSB offers this website to students for free. A great place to explore what people have used their PhDs for both STEM and Humanities fields. Interestingly you can follow someone’s course from their thought process to looking at a job posting to their CV to their resume and cover letter. (http://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/versatile-phd/)
  • Academic360: Meta-collection of Internet resources. Includes links to faculty, staff, and administrative position announcements (http://www.academic360.com/)
  • HigherEdJobs: Search engine for academic, faculty, and staff jobs (https://www.higheredjobs.com/)
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education: news and jobs in higher education (and academia) (www.chronicle.com)
  • Indeed.com: job search aggregating website that pulls jobs from different data bases. Great place to start to get an overview of job titles/qualifications that are of interest
  • Consider joining Professional Groups

SHEF (Social Science, Humanities, Education & Fine Arts) Specific Resources

  • Beyond the Academe: history students primarily, though this site contains useful information for graduate students and faculty that advise graduate students. Check out their real jobs and exploring your option sections (http://www.beyondacademe.com/)
  • HASTAC: Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory. This is a site focused on collaborations across disciplines, creative uses of technology, and job and fellowships posted here.
  • Non-Academic Careers for Psychologists: American Psychological Association has gathered alternative careers. (http://www.apa.org/careers/resources/profiles/index.aspx)
  • Career Alternatives for History of Art and Architecture: List of resources for students interested in outside the academy jobs. (http://www3.nd.edu/~crosenbe/jobs.html)
  • EDJOIN (California): Job listing site of choice for California school districts useful for Education Graduate Students. Shows full range of education positions, both classified and certificated, administrator, counselor, librarian, others. (https://www.edjoin.org/)
  • HERC: Job search engine for higher education jobs at universities (http://www.hercjobs.org/index.html?site_id=793)

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Specific Resources

  • NatureJobs: Great website to look for global careers for scientists with a science jobs board http://www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/  
  • ScienceCareers: Another great website that has job listings for industry, academia, and government for scientists of all disciplines and expertise. http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/
  • OYSTIR: A resource and job search tool for STEM disciplines.  https://www.oystir.com/
  • CheekyScientist: website that looks at alternative careers to STEM Phd http://cheekyscientist.com/

For more information, contact Lana Smith-Hale, Graduate Career Consultant.

Drop in: Tuesdays 10-12, 2-3; Wednesdays 9-12; Thursday 1-4

Call for an appointment: 805-893-4412

Email: lana.smith-hale@sa.ucsb.edu

Tuesday
Jan192016

Winter 2016 Career and Recruiting Events

Looking for a job? Let Career Services assist you!

Below is a list of various Career events this quarter; take note of the following opportunities with employers who are specifically looking to hire graduate students:

  1. Eight different employer information sessions. These types of events gives the potential applicant a chance to hear more about the company and network directly with employees from that company. It is a great way to start a conversation! I recommend bringing a resume.
  2. Workshop on 'How to Salary Negotiate' with Career Services and Northrop Grumman. Bring your resume if you are interested in Northrop Grumman!
  3. Winter Career and Internship Fair on January 28. If you would like to get an "early bird" pass to enter an hour before general admission, come to Career Services or my drop-in hours to have your resume reviewed beforehand. 

If you'd like one-on-one help with your resume or more information on any of these opportunities, set up an appointment to meet with me (Lana Smith-Hale, Graduate Career Consultant) by calling 805-893-4412.