Putting Your Degree to Work: Practical Career Strategies for PhDs and Postdocs

Date and Time: Monday March 16,  9:00 – 11:00 AM

Many career avenues are open to young scientists and engineers in the current work environment. MIT students and post docs are intrigued to consider their expanding opportunities, but may not know what these options are or how to pursue them. How do you transition from grad school or postdoctoral work to that next bold step in your career?

Peter Fiske, PhD. is President and CEO of PAX Water Technologies, Inc. He is a nationally-recognized lecturer on the subject of leadership and career development for young scientists and engineers, and the author of Put Your Science to Work: The Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists. Prior to PAX Water, Fiske was co-founder and VP for Business Development and Sales at RAPT Industries, and led a research team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He also served a one-year term as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Special Projects.

Dr. Fiske holds a Ph.D. in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University and an MBA from U.C. Berkeley. In addition to two books, Fiske is author of numerous technical articles, and writes the on-line column Opportunities for the AAAS. He co-writes the blog Engineering Scientists.

Among the topics Dr. Fiske will cover:

  • Employment trends and opportunities for PhDs
  • Effective career planning and job hunting
  • Your sought-after skills and experience
  • Presenting yourself well: CV, resume and cover letter

Sponsored by MIT Global Education and Career Development with support from the Vice President for Research Office.

Questions? email -  gecd@mit.edu