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IMFAHE Courses

IMFAHE has created 3 Quarter Courses about career options and professional development. More information in the Agenda 2019. 

Quarter Course 1 (Fall 2019): Professional Development

  • Course Description: 

    The format of this course is an online lecture series consisting of a presentation led by an international expert that allow students and young researchers to actively participate and discuss the topic in detail as it applies to their career development. Young professionals and students today face a rapidly developing, global job market. To become a future strong job applicant, there are many skills in professional development which an applicant must master. This course uses an online masterclass format to present key skills in professional development for participating students. In this quarter course, we will explore the steps of how to successfully get a job, how to build an effective CV and resume, how to write a strong cover letter, how to prepare for an interview, and how appropriately market your ability using networking tools such as LinkedIn. In each session, we will examine different aspects of professional development in preparing students and young professionals for the job market, specifically a job in the scientific field.

 

  • Learning Objetcives:

    • Write a successful cover letter and CV/resume
    • Effectively market themselves for a job (strong job pitch, building a strong ‘brand’, using LinkedIn)
    • Have a good understanding of the interview process
    • Develop skills required to successfully compete for a job

 

  • Masterclass Online Classroom. These online masterclasses will take place at the indicated times at the following link: http://zoom.us/j/538787747

 

  • Attendance. As this is a participation based course, your attendance at all seven of the masterclass online sessions is vital. Each student will be responsible is expected to attend the online masterclass at the designated meeting time ready to discuss each topic. If you are unable to make it to a class, you must watch the recorded masterclass and complete a corresponding questionnaire. Each questionnaire is located below the video in the comments section.

 

  • Grading Policies. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. Your grade for the course will be based on attendance, informed participation, and completion of the practical exercise. In order to receive a grade of “pass”, students must:
    1. Attend all of the online masterclasses (or watch the recorded sessions and complete the questionnaire if masterclass session was not attended)
    2. Watch the four recorded masterclasses and complete the survey for these masterclasses 
    3. Complete the practical exercises. Students who do not fulfill these requirements will receive a grade of “fail”.

 

*The descriptions and timelines contained in this syllabus are subject to change at the discretion of the course directors.

 

Quarter Course 1: Professional Development— Academic Calendar and important information

Date and Time

Agenda

Lecturer

Sept 26th (2.30pm – 

Madrid Time) 

CV/Transferable skillsLearn tips and tricks for preparing the best CV and what are the most important transferable skills if you want to consider to change your path. 

Watch the recorded online session: https://youtu.be/YoCHS6Y12MM

Dr. Lauren Celano, CEO Propel Careers 

Oct 5th 

(4.00pm – 

Madrid Time) 

Cover Letter. How to write an effective cover letter and put your skills into practice by writing one 

Dr. Jessalyn Ubellacker, Postdoctoral Researcher UT Southwestern Medical Center 

Oct 10th 

(2.30pm – 

Madrid Time) 

The Elevator Pitch. Master the ability to explain your work to someone in just a few minutes. 

Anna KaufmanChief Badass 

Oct 19th 

(4.00pm – 

Madrid Time) 

 

Communication skills. Learn the best tricks to communicate efficiently to your audience. 

 

Dr. Jesús Páez, Senior Scientist Abbvie 

 

Oct 24th 

(2.30pm – 

Madrid Time) 

 

Create a Successful LinkedIn Profile. Master the skills needed to effectively market yourself using the online LinkedIn platform and make a LinkedIn profile. 

 

Dr. María Soriano, Vice President, IMFAHE Foundation (Boston) 

 

Oct 31st 

(2.30pm – 

Madrid Time) 

 

The Day of the Interview. How to master a phone and an onsite interview 

 

Dr. María Soriano, Vice President, IMFAHE Foundation (Boston) 

 

Nov 2nd 

(2.30pm – 

Madrid Time)

 

Working in outstanding institutions.Steps to apply to a job at the European Commission, United Nations or the World Bank Group

 

Marta Truco, Team Leader, Strategy DG Research & Innovation (European Commission), Fernando Puerto, Programme Management Officer (United Nations) 

Marcela Gutierrez, Research Analyst (World Bank Group)

 

 

Recorded Masterclasses:

Watch the following 4 recorded sessions before November 25th 2019.

*IMPORTANT Note: as a control of visualization of the recorded masterclasses, once you watch each session you have to complete a google form survey. You will find the link to the survey under each video indicated as ¨Fill our visualization survey¨

 

Recorded Videos

Lecturer

Resume. Learn tips and tricks for preparing the best resume that will help you land an interview

Video Link: https://youtu.be/_Y4EMksGuk8

Dr. Jesús Páez, Senior Scientist Abbvie

 

Personal Statement. Learn how to prepare an engaging personal statement for your fellowship or academic applications

Video Link: https://youtu.be/zINZJtMAX_Y

Ayana Henderson, Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard University (Boston)

 

Prepare your own brand. Learn how to market yourself for your dream job.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/GuEmLnVgAx0

Marta Travieso, Global Digital Manager Healthcare, Medela (Switzerland)

Steps to take in consideration to get a job. Think ahead to the steps you will need to prepare for to land that dream job.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/yvr0-TYdZnE

Dr. Zafira Castaño, President/Co-Founder at IMFAHE Foundation (Boston). Senior Scientist Rubius Therapeutics.

 

Practical exercises:

  1. CV/resume and Cover letter. Based on the guidelines in this course, create your own CV or resume and write a cover letter for a potential job you would be interested in applying for. Participants who are not currently looking for jobs should still choose a potential future job as practice for which to write a cover letter for. We recommend to share the cover letter and CV/resume with your mentors and peers so you can get feedback. Once you have completed all the exercises, email to IMFAHE (QC@imfahe.org) your cover letter and CV or resume as part of this course, in order to get the diploma.
  2. Practice a mock interview. Find a mock interview session, or practice the interview process with your peers or mentors. In order to get the quarter course diploma you will need to email all the exercises to IMFAHE (QC@imfahe.org) a document listing 5 potential companies or hosting labs where you would like to work in, including the next information: Who are they? What do they do? What is the value that you will bring to the center? This exercise will help you to prepare yourself for potential future interviews.
  3. Write and practice your elevator pitch. Write out what your elevator pitch would be and practice giving it to peers. Once you have completed all the exercises, email to IMFAHE (QC@imfahe.org) your written elevator pitch in order to get the diploma.
  4. Make an effective LinkedIn Profile. Register for LinkedIn (if you do not have an account yet) or log in (if you already have one), and use the tips offered during this course to create a successful LinkedIn Profile. Once you have completed all the exercises, email to IMFAHE (QC@imfahe.org) the link to your Linkedln profile, in order to get your diploma.

 

HOW TO OBTAIN YOUR DIPLOMA:

SOLICIT THE DIPLOMA: Send all PRACTICAL EXERCISES together with the QUESTIONNAIRES of unattended masterclasses (if any) in *ONLY 1 EMAIL before NOVEMBER 25TH 2019 at 14:00h (Madrid Time) to QC@imfahe.org including in the subject of the e-mail [YOUR FULL NAME-YOUR UNIVERSITY-Diploma Request].

* Note 1: ONLY students or professors affiliated to universities that collaborate with IMFAHE in the academic year 2019-20 can apply to the diploma.

* Note 2: It is VERY IMPORTANT that you send everything you need to obtain the diploma in ONLY ONE E-MAIL.


Past IMFAHE´s workshops and seminars in 2018-2019.