Advance Professional Growth

Career

The career competency includes:

  • Ability to set goals and formulate plans for your personal and professional life
  • Ability to develop skills that are useful in multiple work environments
  • Ability to develop materials and utilize resources that make you competitive on the job market

Progress is divided into three stages. Each stage includes recommended steps.

Early stage (years 1-2)

  • Explore graduate & professional resources
  • Complete self-assessments
  • Learn more about career options
  • Establish career aspirations
  • Create a CV

Mid stage (years 2-4)

  • Identify external opportunities & internships aligned with career goals
  • Document research, mentoring & teaching
  • Review & modify career goals
  • Modify CV

Late stage (years 4-5)

  • Apply for positions aligned with career goals
  • Learn how to interview & negotiate job offers
  • Practice interviewing
  • Finalize CV and cover letters, social network, and research & teaching statements

Activities and milestones that support attainment of the career competency include but are not limited to:

Mentor/Program/Track

  • Mentor & network
  • Program offerings1
  • Clinical Communication & Teaching Academy2

iPBS

  • myIDP annual review

Graduate school/other

  • WSU/HRS5
  • IIDGSA or MBGSA6

Mentor/Program/Track

  • Mentor & network
  • Program offerings3
  • Clinical Communication & Teaching Academy
  • Intramural funding & travel grant
  • Manuscript & proposal review

iPBS

  • myIDP annual review
  • Leadership & Professional Series

Graduate school/other

  • IIDGSA or MBGSA
  • Professional society7

Mentor/Program/Track

  • Mentor & network
  • Program offerings4
  • Clinical Communication & Teaching Academy
  • Intramural funding & travel grant
  • Extramural funding (K01, K08)

iPBS

  • myIDP annual review
  • Leadership & Professional Series

Graduate school/other

  • IIDGSA or MBGSA
  • Professional society

Expectations for career competency:

Unacceptable

Inability to establish and take steps to assess personal or professional goals. Unable to develop and transfer skills from one environment to another. Unrealistic assessment of resources, and competitive nature of job market. Limited progress to align experiences with academic and career goals. Limited documentation of research, teaching and scholarship accomplishments.
Marginal

Expanding career awareness with somewhat realistic expectations. Taking some steps to establish professional networks and prepare for next steps. Developing the ability to increase career awareness, meet lab obligations, and support the explorations or aspirations of others.
Performs to Expectations

Continues to learn more about careers, expand and reinforce professional networks and prepare for next steps. Seeks out opportunities to practice interview and negotiation skills, maintains a current CV and/or resume. Demonstrated ability to both prevent and diffuse conflict and seek a win-win situation. Communication with mentor and others regarding career next steps.

1 Each program will offer a variety of special offerings to help support your professional development. Look for chances to hear (again) ‘How to write a CV’, prepare and update your CV. We recommend participating in visitation and welcome events for new students.
2 The CVM offers many opportunities to learn from each other and to hear from experts in the field. We recommend that you consider the offerings in the Clinical Communications Program and CVM Teaching Academy.
3 Each program will offer a variety of special offerings to help support your professional development. Look for ‘Preparing for Interview’.
4 Each program will offer a variety of special offerings to help support your professional development. Look for ‘How to find a post-doc’, ‘How to prepare for interview’, and attend ‘Career Night’ offerings.
5 Keep informed of and participate in selected offerings sponsored by Provost or Office of Research and Support Operations. These event can
provide you with University-level point of reference and serve as a comparison point when considering your professional next steps.
6 Your professional student organizations offer you unique opportunities to for exploration and skill development for your next steps. Become an active and engaged participant, volunteer, speak-up and help others grow professionally too. In your student organizations you will have opportunities that are not found elsewhere in your academic program at WSU. Two student organizations to consider (Molecular Bioscience Graduate Student Association (MBGSA) and Immunology and Infectious Diseases Graduate Student Association (IIDGSA). For more information, contact: Natalie Peer (MBGSA) and Shao Lu (IIDGSA)
7 Learn more and join a professional society in your area (with membership comes benefits like discounted meeting registration and access to a professional network).