Best Foot Forward

America/New_York
Description

The Lodestar program is intended to promote and enhance the research career of Flatiron Research Fellows as well as support their transition to successful careers in academia, industry, government, and other employment sectors. This program will offer a variety of professional development and skill-building workshops.

 

    • 08:30 12:00
      Interviewing Skills for Postdocs: Day 1

      In this highly interactive half-day workshop, you will learn how to answer the most common and most difficult questions that interviewers ask job candidates. In a small group setting you will practice responding to interviewers who want to get an idea of how you interact with others, manage conflict and deal with setbacks in your work. During this process you will get direct and immediate feedback on how you did and how to improve.

      You will learn how to respond when someone says “So, tell me about yourself” in a way that focuses on what they need to hear from you. The workshop will also show you how to respond to loaded questions like “What is your biggest weakness?” Throughout the workshop you will get feedback and guidance on how you come across to others with a specific focus on body language, eye contact and facial expression. Finally, you will learn the principles of effective networking and how to make sure that the contacts you make keep you in mind when opportunities arise.

      Instructor: Carl M. Cohen, PhD
      President, Science Management Associates
      http://www.sciencema.com/workshops/
      Dr. Cohen, who earned his PhD in physics (Biophysics Research) at Harvard, is a leader in the field of management and leadership training for scientists and technical professionals.

      This workshop will be offered twice, so please select only one of the two choices:

    • 12:45 16:10
      How to Give a Great Job Talk: Day 1

      Do you know the crucial difference between a job talk and a research seminar? And even if you do know the difference will your job talk be a help or a hinderance to your candidacy?
      How you present yourself and your information is every bit as important, and sometimes more important, than what you’re presenting.

      This workshop is a practical guide on how to structure and deliver a scientific job talk that shows your work and, more importantly, shows you in the best possible light. Prior to the workshop, participants will receive guidelines on how to structure and present a job talk. During the workshop each participant will have the opportunity to present a short version of a job talk to the other workshop participants and to receive real-time feedback on content, delivery and responsiveness to questions. You will learn how others see you and how you come across to an audience. You will leave the workshop with a new sense of your strengths and with a roadmap of how you can improve.

      Because of the nature of this workshop (each participant gives a very short talk and gets feedback) there will be a limit fifteen participants per half-day workshop. Three weeks before the workshop participants will receive guidelines on how to prepare and deliver a job talk. Using these guidelines, each participant will prepare a five to eight minute (depending on the number of workshop participants) “mini” job talk with slides and will present their talk to the entire group during the workshop.

      Instructor: Carl M. Cohen, PhD
      President, Science Management Associates
      http://www.sciencema.com/workshops/

      This workshop will be offered twice, so please select only one of the two choices.

    • 08:30 12:00
      Interviewing Skills for Postdocs: Day 2

      In this highly interactive half-day workshop, you will learn how to answer the most common and most difficult questions that interviewers ask job candidates. In a small group setting you will practice responding to interviewers who want to get an idea of how you interact with others, manage conflict and deal with setbacks in your work. During this process you will get direct and immediate feedback on how you did and how to improve.

      You will learn how to respond when someone says “So, tell me about yourself” in a way that focuses on what they need to hear from you. The workshop will also show you how to respond to loaded questions like “What is your biggest weakness?” Throughout the workshop you will get feedback and guidance on how you come across to others with a specific focus on body language, eye contact and facial expression. Finally, you will learn the principles of effective networking and how to make sure that the contacts you make keep you in mind when opportunities arise.

      Instructor: Carl M. Cohen, PhD
      President, Science Management Associates
      http://www.sciencema.com/workshops/
      Dr. Cohen, who earned his PhD in physics (Biophysics Research) at Harvard, is a leader in the field of management and leadership training for scientists and technical professionals.

      This workshop will be offered twice, so please select only one of the two choices:

    • 12:45 16:15
      How to Give a Great Job Talk: Day 2

      Do you know the crucial difference between a job talk and a research seminar? And even if you do know the difference will your job talk be a help or a hinderance to your candidacy?
      How you present yourself and your information is every bit as important, and sometimes more important, than what you’re presenting.

      This workshop is a practical guide on how to structure and deliver a scientific job talk that shows your work and, more importantly, shows you in the best possible light. Prior to the workshop, participants will receive guidelines on how to structure and present a job talk. During the workshop each participant will have the opportunity to present a short version of a job talk to the other workshop participants and to receive real-time feedback on content, delivery and responsiveness to questions. You will learn how others see you and how you come across to an audience. You will leave the workshop with a new sense of your strengths and with a roadmap of how you can improve.

      Because of the nature of this workshop (each participant gives a very short talk and gets feedback) there will be a limit fifteen participants per half-day workshop. Three weeks before the workshop participants will receive guidelines on how to prepare and deliver a job talk. Using these guidelines, each participant will prepare a five to eight minute (depending on the number of workshop participants) “mini” job talk with slides and will present their talk to the entire group during the workshop.

      Instructor: Carl M. Cohen, PhD
      President, Science Management Associates
      http://www.sciencema.com/workshops/

      This workshop will be offered twice, so please select only one of the two choices.