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JHU School of Public Health Building

615 North Wolfe Street

Baltimore, MD 21205

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JHU PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY REGISTRATION IS CLOSED! There is no wait list and there will be no on-site registration at the event.

The JHU Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development Consortium is proud to host our second annual Professional Development Day!

This is a FREE, full-day series of events featuring:

  • 8 one-hour sessions covering a wide-range of professional development skills, including professional communication, leadership and team work, digital technology, life skills, mental health, and career exploration.

  • 9 twenty minute mini-workshops on interviewing, networking, organization, time management, IDPs, and more!

  • Free lunch, professional headshots, resume reviews, and mini massages! Plus a chance to network with student groups and JHU professional development offices.

This event is open to all JHU graduate students and postdocs. Participants can attend workshops for the entire day or attend the workshops of their choosing. Participants will indicate their session preferences as part of their registration.

Session 1, 9-10am

  • Life Design 101, Dr. Justin Lorts: This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the process of Life Design, allow them the opportunity to apply some of the techniques of design thinking to understanding their own lives and careers, and – through “radical collaboration” with their peers – discover actionable steps they can apply right away.

  • Promotion & Identification of You as an Author, Robin Sinn: Information about you-the-author is scattered across different platforms. This workshop will provide tools and skills for you to pull your name(s), papers, and metrics together.

Session 2, 10:15-11:15am

  • Fostering Personal Resiliency, Dr. Patti Anderson: Describe the competencies of resiliency and introduce current understanding about how to develop and foster resiliency and a growth mindset in oneself. We will discuss the barriers to resiliency (such as automatic negative thoughts, imposter fears, destructive mindsets) and how can we reframe our thinking and actions.

  • Improv for Communication & Teamwork, Michael Hartwell: Following the lead of innovative communities and businesses, this session turns to improvisation techniques to develop communication skills, encourage creative problem solving and support teamwork.

Session 3, 11:30am-12:30pm

  • Managing People and Resolving Conflicts, Dr. Eric Rice: Have you ever had to deal with a difficult person at work or in the lab? Have you been a member of a team on which team dysfunction was so bad that it makes television sitcoms look normal? Why are some companies much more productive and pleasant to work with than others? Do you understand techniques of persuasion and how to participate effectively in negotiations? These topics are among the ideas we develop and practice in this workshop

  • Communicating Your Ideas: How to Design and Deliver an Effective Presentation, Dr. CJ Neely: Whether you are presenting an internal seminar, at an international conference, or to a potential employer, effective communication is essential. Attend this workshop to learn how to frame your story, design your slides, and connect with your audience.

Session 4, 2-3pm

  • We're All In This Together: Diversity, Values, and Justice, Keilah Jacques

  • Be an Effective Self-Advocate, Dr. Gundula Bosch: Self-Advocacy is an important part of networking and shaping your career path. Learn methods to make an impactful point for your cause, help others connect your name with it and actively drive your professional advancement.

Mini-workshops Round 1, 3:15-3:35pm

  • Time Management: Good Habits for Better Productivity and Well-Being, Dr. Patti Anderson: We all know that procrastination and distractions get in the way of productivity, but what does good time management look like? This session will describe how to implement time management strategies that work for your personality and work style. As a researcher, there are often many competing priorities and unpredictable deadlines. This session will discuss concrete steps you can take to improve your productivity and achieve better balance and well-being.

  • Informational Interviews & Networking, Dr. Julie Nadel: Networking is a very fruitful approach for finding a job, with a majority of professionals crediting networking for their successful job search. This session will discuss multiple strategies for getting the most out of your time networking, including informational interviews - one of the most valuable, and perhaps least utilized, tools for networking and career exploration.

  • Working with Your Mentor to Create Your Individual Development Plan, Dr. Megan Bohn: Creating an individual development plan (IDP) in cooperation with your research mentor is a powerful tool to enhance your research and your professional development, but many trainees and mentors are unaware of the basic elements of an individual development plan and how to effectively implement one. In this session, we'll explore what the IDP is, how its created, and how to use this tool to effectively communication with your research mentor during an annual meeting.

Mini-workshops Round 2, 3:40-4pm

  • Organizing Your Email and Calendar, Rose Gbajumo: This session is a productivity enhancer for everyone whose email is overflowing and whose calendar seems a mess. It provides easy to implement tips on how to organize your email inbox and archives, and how-to de-complex your calendar tool. You will see how much this session eases up your daily life!

  • Acing the Interview, Dr. CJ Neely: Interviewing skills are essential for career success. In this session we will discuss behavioral interviewing,and you can practice answering challenging interview questions using the STAR technique.

  • Active Learning Exercises to Engage Your Student, Kelly Clark: This workshop will provide you with practical exercises that you can implement in your classes to engage your students, deepening their understanding, and increase their learning outcomes! Information on the Johns Hopkins Teaching Academy’s professional development offerings will be also be briefly presented.

Mini-workshops Round 3, 4:05-4:25pm

  • Using Twitter to Advance Your Career, Dr. Kate Bradford: Have you heard about the best new way to connect with colleagues, share your research, and learn about cutting-edge research? It’s Twitter! Learn the top 10 tips for engaging professionally on the platform.

  • Preprints and the Early Career Researcher, Robin Sinn: Preprint servers let you share your work before peer review. What do you, as an ECR, need to think about as you consider posting a preprint? Bring your questions to this discussion.

  • Job Search for International Scholars, Dr. Patricia Phelps: This workshop will provide an overview of 1) Work Authorization and Visa status 2) International student friendly employers 3) Job search strategies for international students.

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615 North Wolfe Street

Baltimore, MD 21205

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