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Career Development Courses

The AAAS Career Development Online Portal provides eLearning courses, programs, and tools to help STEM students and early career professionals prepare for career placement and succeed in their careers.

Science Career Essentials Program

The Science Career Essentials Program subscription offer includes 12 core courses and 3 exclusive learning tools. Contact your Career Office to receive a course activation code. Students will have one year to access courses once they are activated.

Science Career Essentials

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Students who are about to graduate face a dizzying array of choices. Do they continue on an academic path, or do they consider several non-academic career options within industry, government, agencies, etc.? What are the next steps to achieve their career goals – or simply find a job in their field? AAAS has created this program with the career needs of STEM undergraduate students in mind. Our new Science Career Essentials Program provides undergraduate students with courses delving into a variety of science careers, as well as networking and interviewing, so they can explore and pursue their career dreams.

Program-Exclusive Learning Tools (coming soon!)

  • Three interactive role play scenarios:
    1. Negotiating a salary
    2. Handling conflict in the Lab
    3. Handling conflict outside of the Lab

Understanding the Federal R&D Budget

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

Review the steps in the federal budget process, what influences it, how it comes together in the Executive Branch and Congress and how budget politics and science funding interact.

Communicating Science: Fundamentals for Public Engagement

Jeanne Braha, Project Director of Public Engagement, AAAS

Identify the benefits of public communication while learning how to craft your message and gain the skills and confidence to engage with public audiences.

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

Anthony Fasano, Executive Director, NYS Society of Professional Engineers

Learn the importance of networking in your career and strategies for effective networking and relationship building.

Preparing for a Successful Job Interview

Peter Carley, Principal, Human Resources and Career Strategies

Discover the three main components of interview preparation that will make you more at ease and help you to take full advantage of the opportunity that an interview presents.

Using LinkedIn to Build Relationships as a Technical Professional

Anthony Fasano, Executive Director, NYS Society of Professional Engineers

Discover how to build a strong profile and connect with the right people – to help you progress in your career – as well as how to move on to the next steps after making your online connection.

How to Work in Diverse Teams Outside of Academia

Josh Henkin, Program Manager, The Tauri Group

Learn how to work with diverse teams in a nonacademic, professional environment and explore the challenges and opportunities of working in that environment.

Engaging in Science Policy

Erin Heath, Associate Director of Government Relations, AAAS

Discover several options for engaging in policy and how to pursue those options to affect change. Learn about the strategies and resources available for science policy engagement.

How to Communicate with Congress

Sean Gallagher, Senior Government Relations Officer, AAAS

Learn the most effective ways to communicate with Congress, how to set up and prepare for a meeting with a congressional senator or representative as well as best practices and what to expect.

Careers in Bioscience Entrepreneurship

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

Dr. Arlen Meyers leads a panel of scientists and engineers in various roles in private sector, who discuss their own career paths and how they got to where they are today.

Careers in Science Policy

Erin Heath, Associate Director of Government Relations at AAAS

This course explains the different methods of communication, how improved communication and collaboration can have a beneficial effect on your team, and various strategies you can implement to improve how you communicate and collaborate with each other.

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.

How to Make the Most of a Networking Event

Anthony Fasano, Executive Director, NYS Society of Professional Engineers

Explore the strategies to employ for networking at live events – beginning with knowing how to select the right events for you to attend. This course picks up where our first networking course How to Network and Build Strong Relationships left off.