PhD Career Skills Accelerator

Sep 25 • 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

The PhD Career Skills Accelerator is a conference-style event that brings together a collection of resources, mentors, training, and networking moments designed for PhD students who want to sharpen their job search skills, learn more about careers outside of academia, and how to make the most of their transferable skills.


This event is co-sponsored by the PhD Network and Employer Engagement and Career Design and is open to all Northeastern PhDs and postdocs.


Connecting to SAIL Dimensions:  Global Mindset, Professional and Personal Effectiveness; SAIL Foundational Masteries: Initiative, Self-Efficacy/Confidence, Communication, Decision-Making,  Creative Thinking/Innovation, Inquiry & Analysis, Problem Solving


PhD Career Skills Accelerator

Friday, September 25
Programming Schedule 


PhD Alumni Panel 
Each year, we welcome Northeastern PhD Alumni from a variety of different fields to discuss their career trajectory and answer questions from current PhD students. 
George Aninwene II, Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering PhD; Project Scientist UCLA David  
Geffen School of Medicine  
Darrell Penta, Psychology PhD; UX Researcher at Google 
Mohammad Soltanieh-ha, Computational Condensed Matter Physics PhD;  Clinical Assistant Professor at  
Boston University and Faculty Expert at Google 
Alice Wang, Civil & Environmental Engineering PhD; Senior Staff Professional at Geosyntec Consultants 
Yingchan Zhang, Sociology PhD; User Research Lead at Wayfair 

From Ph.D. to Patent Attorney – The Path to a Fulfilling Career in Intellectual Property Law 
Learn from?Eric Balicky, Ph.D., Principal at?Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds, about his journey from defending his doctoral dissertation to becoming a patent attorney. Eric will explain why he and many others decide to become patent attorneys and what it takes be successful in this profession. There are steps that you will need to know before embarking on this journey so that you will end up with a rewarding career. 

Choosing Between Academe and Industry 
In this session, standout Northeastern PhD alumnus John de la Parra (Global Food Portfolio Manager, The Rockefeller Foundation) will share his remarkable career journey–from finishing a PhD in chemistry and chemical biology to his current role in industry. His talk will focus on his job search, in which he explored both academic and industry options before making a decision between two attractive offers. Dr. de la Parra’s discussion of his experience transitioning into a new industry position during a pandemic will be particularly valuable to current PhD-level job seekers. After his talk, he will open the floor to questions and discussion with the audience. 
Networking and Online Identity for PhDs 
Learn ways to take control of your online presence and pivot your digital identity with intention and polish. Assess what your digital presence looks like currently and learn about platforms that you can use to showcase various aspects of your scholarly (and personal) work. Make the most of LinkedIn as you learn to leverage the value and reach of this tool. Shape your online identity with confidence and know that when you’re found online, your professional brand will be distinct and resonant. Participate in this event for early access our new self-paced career development module! 


Sep 25, 2020 | 9:30 AM

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