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The Career Pathways Program includes 8 core courses, 2 elective courses and Program-exclusive learning tools.

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Career Pathways: Learning Beyond Grad School

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Students who are about to graduate face a dizzying array of choices. Do they continue on an academic path beyond a PhD, or do they or consider several non-academic career options within industry, government, agencies, etc.? Even if they’ve secured a PhD in Science, less than 10% of STEM PhDs pursue academia. AAAS has created this program with the career needs of STEM students in mind. Our new Career Pathways: Learning Beyond Grad School Program prepares graduate students for the real-life challenges – and opportunities – that await beyond the classroom and helps them explore and pursue their career dreams.

Program Includes 8 Core Courses:

  • What Your Grad Advisor Didn’t Tell You
  • Communicating Science: Fundamentals for Public Engagement
  • Understanding the Federal R&D Budget
  • Resume Writing for Graduate Students & Postdocs
  • How to Network and Build Strong Relationships in Your Science or Engineering Career
  • Preparing for a Successful Job Interview
  • Using LinkedIn to Build Relationships as a Technical Professional
  • How to Work in Diverse Teams Outside of Academia

2 Elective Courses:

  • Engaging in Science Policy
  • How to Communicate with Congress

Program-Exclusive Learning Tools 

  • Four interactive role play scenarios:
    1. Negotiating a salary
    2. Handling conflict in the Lab
    3. Handling conflict outside of the Lab (coming soon!)
    4. Working with your PI
  • Sample resumes and cover letters
  • Access to job postings

Build Your Own Program

Build your own program by selecting the courses you want from the list below. Learner benefits are listed.

Note: Courses marked with this icon are included in the Career Pathways ProgramCareer Pathways icon

What Your Grad Advisor Didn’t Tell You

Shirley Malcom, Head of Education and Human Resources Program, AAAS

  • Identify career options available to you
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Promote your skill sets
  • Strategize for the job you want

Communicating Science: Fundamentals for Public Engagement

Jeanne Braha, Project Director of Public Engagement, AAAS

  • Identify the benefits and key components of communication
  • Define your goals and audience
  • Craft your message

Understanding the Federal R&D Budget

Matthew Hourihan, R&D Budget and Policy Program Director, AAAS

  • Learn the steps in the federal budget process
  • Understand how the budget comes together in the executive and legislative branches
  • Recognize how budget politics and science funding interact

Resume Writing for Graduate Students & Postdocs

Josh Henkin, Program Manager, The Tauri Group

  • Understand the difference between a curriculum vitae (CV) and resume
  • Develop a resume that will engage reviewers
  • Learn best practices and inside tips

How to Network and Build Strong Relationships in Your Science or Engineering Career

Anthony Fasano, Executive Director, NYS Society of Professional Engineers

  • Learn how to use networking to advance your career
  • Define steps to building your professional network
  • Learn how to overcome challenges, such as low confidence

Preparing for a Successful Job Interview

Peter Carley, Principal, Human Resources and Career Strategies

  • Make authentic connections that are true to your values
  • Research the company, department and hiring manager
  • Prepare for the interview, what to bring, what to wear and what to expect

Using LinkedIn to Build Relationships as a Technical Professional

Anthony Fasano, Executive Director, NYS Society of Professional Engineers

  • Build an effective profile
  • Learn how to connect with the right people for your professional goals
  • Find out how to move on to the next steps

How to Work in Diverse Teams Outside of Academia

Josh Henkin, Program Manager, The Tauri Group

  • Understand the strengths and challenges of diversity
  • Foster a culture of inclusion
  • Learn effective communication
  • Review best practices for conducting meetings
  • Define project requirements

Engaging in Science Policy

Erin Heath, Associate Director of Government Relations, AAAS

  • Recognize the impact of science policy engagement
  • Understand the various levels of engagement
  • Learn about the strategies and resources available for science policy engagement

How to Communicate with Congress

Sean Gallagher, Senior Government Relations Officer, AAAS

  • Appreciate the importance of communicating with policy makers
  • Learn how to set up and prepare for meeting a congressman
  • Identify how to follow up after the meeting

Building Essential Skills for Progressing from Engineer to Manager

Anthony Fasano, Executive Director, NYS Society of Professional Engineers

  • Learn how to set career goals
  • Review the importance of obtaining credentials
  • Discover how to find a mentor
  • Develop your ability to build relationships

How to Make the Most of a Networking Event

Anthony Fasano, Executive Director, NYS Society of Professional Engineers

  • Develop effective strategies for networking events
  • Learn how to prioritize your networking opportunities
  • Discover tips and best practices for the events you attend

Careers in Bioscience Entrepreneurship

Arlen Meyers, President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs

  • Learn how to prepare for a bio-science entrepreneurial career track
  • Research and find your place in the bio-cluster
  • Explore how to do a self-assessment and fill the gaps
  • Develop and implement your plan

Careers in Science Policy

Erin Heath, Associate Director of Government Relations at AAAS

  • Explore the various types of careers in science policy
  • Determine what types of science policy roles would be best for you
  • Learn how they you can pursue these career paths

Designing an Undergraduate STEM Course

Regina (Gina) F. Frey, PhD and Beth A. Fisher, PhD

  • Learning the logistics of how to plan a course
  • Having a better understanding of who your students are
  • Knowing which teaching method to use
  • How to use active learning in the classroom effectively

Communicating and Collaborating Effectively with Teams for Early Career Engineers

Anthony Fasano, Executive Director, NYS Society of Professional Engineers

  • Understand the different forms of communication and when to use them
  • Learn how to say things in a way that will help you get the response you are seeking
  • Listen more effectively
  • Understand the importance of being responsive

How to Find the Right Mentor in Your Career for Engineers and Scientists

Anthony Fasano, Executive Director, NYS Society of Professional Engineers

  • How to find a mentor as an early career engineer
  • How to become a mentor regardless of what stage you are in your career
  • How to identify the right protégé or mentor
  • Strategies for getting the most out of the mentoring relationship
  • How to end the mentoring relationship

How to Implement Career Changing Ideas for Early Career Engineers

Anthony Fasano, Executive Director, NYS Society of Professional Engineers

  • Understand how to broadcast the benefits
  • Learn how to start with the results and end with the design
  • Gain support from key stakeholders through collaboration
  • Understand the importance of including end-user input
  • Communicate the design confidently and clearly

Fundamentals of Bioscience Entrepreneurship

Arlen Meyers, President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs

  • Bring your inventions and discoveries to patients
  • Understand the principles of bio-science entrepreneurship
  • Develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to advance your ideas

Developing Compelling and Comprehensible Slides

Dave Rubenson, Director, NoBadSlides.com

  • Manage information to prevent audience overload
  • Learn how to establish audio-visual synergy
  • Tell a unified narrative
  • Draw conclusions in your narrative

Understanding the Components of an Effective Scientific Presentation

Dave Rubenson, Director, NoBadSlides.com

  • Understand the strengths and limitations of a slide presentation
  • Learn how to avoid “data dump” and instead articulate a scientific narrative
  • Effectively manage the challenges facing the listening audience

Acing Your Interview

Peter Carley, Principal, Human Resources and Career Strategies

  • Understand the typical steps in the application/interview process
  • Develop responses to “difficult” and “awkward” questions
  • Learn interviewing best practices

Premium Courses

Premium courses are the five courses offered in “Proposal Writing Program: Writing Successful Grant Proposals.” 

Proposal Writing Program: Writing Successful Grant Proposals

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Learn best practices for effective grant proposal writing with this course. Maybe you have had difficulty in the past getting funding for your research. Maybe you have yet to write any at all. It is a difficult – and vital – aspect of success within STEM fields, and experts at AAAS have first-hand, in-depth knowledge of common pitfalls and weaknesses seen by many reviewers, and how to avoid rejection before a proposal is sent to review.

Courses included in the Proposal Writing Program below are marked with this icon.Proposal-Writing-Program-icon

Best Practices for Writing NIH Grant Proposals

Shaaretha Pelly, Senior Program Associate, Research Competitiveness Program, AAAS

Learn from the expert: In this course, Dr. Shaaretha Pelly shares her experience teaching proposal writing workshops at AAAS, and writing NIH grants as a Science Officer at Johns Hopkins University.

Best Practices for NSF Grant Proposals

Charles Dunlap, Program Director, Research Competitiveness Program, AAAS

Review extensive practical insight regarding National Science Foundation grant competitions and proposal development. This course complements the Avoiding Common Errors in Proposal Writing course.

Avoiding Common Errors in Proposal Writing

Charles Dunlap, Program Director, Research Competitiveness Program, AAAS

Gain proposal writing expertise through this how-to course, which distills proposal writing insights gained from more than 10,000 reviews of science, engineering and math proposals by the AAAS Research Competitiveness Program over the past five years.

Broader Impacts for NSF Proposals

Susan Renoe, Director, University of Missouri

Identify the five broader impact merit review questions in the NSF grant proposal guide, as presented by Dr. Renoe. This course also includes an assessment that will be helpful as you write your broader impacts sections for your proposals.

Overview of Ethics in Scientific Research

Michael Kalichman, Founding Director, UC San Diego Research Ethics Program

This course defines and explores the many questions surrounding ethics in scientific research. Overview of Ethics in Scientific Research analyzes specific cases of research misconduct to illustrate how things can go wrong. The course delves more deeply into what specifically is meant by ethical behavior and how people can find themselves in acts which are unethical.

Broader Impacts for NSF Proposals

Susan Renoe, Director, University of Missouri

Identify the five broader impact merit review questions in the NSF grant proposal guide, as presented by Dr. Renoe. This course also includes an assessment that will be helpful as you write your broader impacts sections for your proposals.