PHD: Career Skills Accelerator

Nov 8 • 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

The PhD Career Skills Accelerator is a half-day conference-style event that brings together a collection of resources, mentors, 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.

Preliminary Schedule of Events


9:00 – 9:30am Registration


9:30 – 10:30am Alumni Panel Discussion (G12)

"Career Trajectories Post-PhD"

Dr. Aeshna Badruzzaman (Political Science, CSSH)

Dr. Rachel Pozzar (Nursing, Bouve)

Dr. Sarah Faude (Sociology, CSSH)

Dr. Shyamal Patel (Electrical and Computer Engineering, Khoury)

Dr. Westley Tear (Chemistry, COS)


10:40 – 11:00am Networking Coffee Break (Stearns Center)


11:00am – 12:00pm Concurrent Employer Breakout Sessions (Stearns Center)



Ryan Helling, University Programs Specialist and Dr. Andrew Gainer-Dewar, Software Engineer at Google

"Being a PhD Googler: Research, Engineering, and Interviewing" 

Google's PhD engineers work on an incredibly wide variety of technologies and research areas. This session will review exactly how research gets done at Google, the main focus areas, and the kinds of roles we're hiring for. We'll touch base on opportunities in research, Software Engineering, and Data Science. For those interested in PhD Software Engineering opportunities, we'll also discuss how best to prepare and set yourself up for success with technical interviews.



Kristina Nguyen, Campus Recruiter and Dr. Jen Wang, Senior Manager, Data Science at Wayfair

"Wayfair: Demystifying the Transition from PhD Student to Data Scientist" 

Wayfair believes everyone should live in a place they love. Through technology and innovation, we make it possible for customers to quickly and easily find exactly what they want for their homes. At Wayfair, PhD students get the chance to explore their potential outside of the classroom and take the lead on diverse, high-impact Data Science projects across our 8 expansive workstreams (Pricing, Personalization & Recommendations, Merchandising, Marketing, Measurement, B2B, Computer Vision, and Operations). Here, you'll find autonomy, mentorship, and development opportunities in an open and collaborative environment, including an Immersion Program to help you explore the shift from academia to industry. Whether you want to gain new skills or build upon existing talents, we'll give you the support, experience, and freedom you need to build an exciting career here at Wayfair!


Former Employee at Biogen/Pfizer

Jeorg Hermans, Independent Business Owner

"Resilience: Leveraging a Personal Trait in Biopharma" 

Living with failure is an essential element of success in biotechnology and pharma industries, but failure isn't what matters. The desire for impact, supported by resilience is what inevitably drives researchers on their often long journey toward success. In this presentation, you'll learn about the importance of resilience and recognize the role failure plays in the pharma and biotech industry through examples. You'll hear about different types of failure (individual, team, company), and learn how/when companies and individuals can learn from their mistakes and move forward. This presentation will also provide thoughts on how you can build personal resilience. As you move through your PhD program, you will inevitably grow and learn from your mistakes. Don't be afraid to recognize failure is part of that journey and part of every eventual success.


12:00pm – 1:00pm Networking Lunch (Stearns Center)

            Lunch will be provided.


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

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


Nov 8, 2019 | 9:00 AM

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