Participant checklist to prepare for the Career Prep workshop
What to do in preparation for the workshop for Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences
To help you get the most out of the workshop, we ask that you do several things in advance. Here's a list of those preparatory activities and their deadlines. If you find that your plans to attend the workshop have changed, please let Heather Macdonald know as soon as possible as we have a wait list for the workshop.
We encourage you to ask for funding to help cover the travel and registration fee for the workshop. You might ask your advisor, department chair, director of graduate programs, dean, career center and/or the teaching and learning center on campus. You might offer to give a seminar or workshop in the fall semester based on the workshop, providing something in return for the support you might get.
By May 16:
- Decide whether you will attend some or all of the optional sessions on Sunday afternoon and/or Wednesday morning. Session descriptions are provided on the workshop program and your decision may influence your travel plans. Also, we recognize that your actual arrival time may change due to travel delays, and you are welcome to join the Sunday afternoon sessions at any time.
- Register and pay the registration fee for the workshop, which includes choosing concurrent sessions for the workshop (see workshop program for description of the choices). You can pay the registration fee of $245 (or $200 for NAGT members) at the bottom of the registration form. The registration fee for participants who are local (and will not need housing or breakfast) is $145 (or $100 for NAGT members) - note - this option shows up as a checkbox to 'subtract $100' on the payment section of the registration form. Choose the full fee based on if you are an NAGT member or not. If you are local, use the checkbox to subtract $100 for the housing and breakfast portion of the fee.
By May 30:
- Make and inform us of your travel plans. For information on travel options and arrival and departure times, see the travel and logistics page.
- Complete the index of learning styles questionnaire AND report your results to us using the online ILS report form. (Note - this requires you complete two forms, as we do not have access to the questionnaire results from NCSU.)
- Note: June 7 is the last date to withdraw from participating in the workshop and be eligible for a refund. Arrangements have been made on your behalf that have associated real costs (e.g. housing, logistics, materials) and your confirmation has secured a place that has been denied to other interested colleagues. Exceptions will only be made in cases of extreme personal hardship.
By June 28:
- OPTIONAL, but STRONGLY encouraged: Upload your teaching and/or research statement(s) using the online statement upload form. Note: you don't need to have polished versions of these statements to upload; draft versions are fine. Participants who submit these statements in advance will participate in small group review sessions of their statements. Each group will work with one of the workshop leaders, who will offer their constructive feedback.
Prior to the workshop:
- Complete some pre-worshop "homework" in preparation for the workshop.
- If you have a teaching and/or research statement, print out EIGHT copies of each, and bring them with you to the workshop. Make sure that your name is on each statement.
- If you have a CV and/or cover letter, we will offer an opportunity for you to have them reviewed by a workshop leader on a first-come, first-served basis on Monday evening. To accommodate as many interested participants as possible, the review will be kept to 10 minutes per person. If you are interested in participating in this, please print and bring a copy of your CV and/or cover letter.
- At the workshop, you will have an opportunity to present and work on an "elevator talk." This is a very brief, conversational description of who you are, what your research is, and why it's important - something that you could say in the length of an elevator ride (hence the name). Another way to think about it is the "30- 60 second sound bite" version of who you are, what you do, and why. Before the workshop, plan what you might say in an elevator talk, and come prepared with a couple of different variants - one for a geoscientist who is not in your specialty, one for an administrator (who may not be a natural scientist) whom you might meet during a job interview, etc. You could even practice it (maybe in your head!) on your next elevator ride or plane trip or while you're waiting in line at the grocery store.
- Bring a laptop.