Events: Exploring Careers Inside & Outside Academia 5-20-19


Is the Grass Actually Greener? Perspectives on Careers Inside and Outside of Academia
– Panel Discussion and Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs


Monday, May 20, 3:30–7 p.m.
HUB 332, UW Seattle Campus
Refreshments served.

Are you a graduate student exploring career options in and beyond academia? 

The Office of Graduate Student Affairs (Core Programs) and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs are co-hosting an event to help you learn more about careers you can pursue with your graduate degrees. During this event, you will:

  • Gain career insights from professionals working in fields ranging from government, non-profit, industry, and academia.
  • Learn strategies for making the transition from graduate school to academic or non-academic careers.
  • Work to identify and apply the skills you developed in academia to non-academic careers.
  • Develop an understanding of workplace culture beyond academia
  • Network with speakers and fellow graduate students and postdocs at the reception


3:30–3:40 p.m.           Opening and Introduction
3:40-4:30 p.m.            Panel Discussion I – Perspectives on careers in and outside of academia
4:30-4:40  p.m.            Q&A
4:40-4:45  p.m.            Break
4:45-5:15  p.m.            Workshop: Identify your transferable skills
5:15-5:20  p.m.            Break
5:20-6:10  p.m.            Panel Discussion II – Perspectives on careers beyond academia
6:10-6:20  p.m.            Q&A
6:20-7:00  p.m.            Networking

Panelists (See RSVP page for updated list of panelists):

  • Aaron Katz, principal lecturer, School of Public Health, UW
  • Christina Bandaragoda, senior research scientist, Civil and Environmental engineering, UW
  • Jean Campbell, affiliate assistant professor, Pathology | Scientist, Fred Hutchinson Center
  • Matthew Adeiza, Design Researcher, Microsoft
  • Elizabeth Gillispie, postdoctoral research associate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

The event is open to graduate students and postdocs, and is co-sponsored by Core Programs in the Graduate School and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

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