The professional development committee formed in 2013 to extend the scope of professional preparation activities at VIMS beyond training for academic careers. Through site visits in Washington D.C., Hampton Roads, and Annapolis we have connected students with alumni and other professionals working at federal, state, and local governmental agencies, at non-profit conservation and education organizations, and at private consulting firms. We've hosted several workshops regarding several topics including LinkedIN, mock interviews, and resume/CV building. We also lead a graduate student mentorship-type panel series called Surviving Grad School in which older, more seasoned students provide advice to newer students. Please contact the committee co-chairs if you are interested in joining the committee or have any suggestions for future career development events.
PDC will host another Suriving Grad School bagged lunch on November 14 from 12 to 1 in Andrews 222/226. We will be discussing how to maintain a work/school/home balance. More information to come...
Look for several science communication events in the Spring.
Lastly, we created a VIMS student and alumni Linked-In group to facilitate networking within the greater VIMS community. Please join and spread the word!
Background: As part of our efforts to increase students’ professional development opportunities at VIMS, the Professional Development Committee conducts trips to meet with several different professionals to learn about their experiences, career paths, and what advice they may have.
We conducted a pilot trip to DC on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, and a second trip to Hampton Roads on August 13, 2014. The reports from these trips are available here:
Please join the VIMS LinkedIn group for Alumni and Students! We are working to increase networking between the VIMS community and WE NEED YOU TOO!