Speaker: Donald Asher, PhD | Asher Associates
- How to Win in the Academic Job Market,
- How to Apply Your Research and Education to the ‘Regular’ Economy,
- The Value of Parallel Plans, the Alt-Ac World, and
- How to Engage Opportunities, What to Say to Your Advisor When You Talk About Careers
The PhD unemployment rate is the lowest for any type of degree, but the rumor mill says otherwise. What’s up with that? Career planning and management for those with advanced academic degrees is often haphazard, at best. With a better understanding of the actual career options for scientists and scholars, you can make sure you get to the end of your educational process with a plan for a career that will excite you. Additonal topics in this talk will include: What does it take to get an academic job? Why does everyone say it is impossible? Who succeeds, and what do they have in common? Why do you go to academic conferences when you’re just a grad student, and what do you do there? What are the other options for researchers scholars? What does it take to launch a career in those directions? What is a parallel plan? What about my advisor? What do I tell him/her?
Answering these questions does not have to be daunting! This session is designed with special focus on how graduate students in the humanities and social science can shape a job search that fits their goals and will help you navigate your graduate school experience strategically…and successfully.
A Note from Our Presenter: This workshop is a life-changing opportunity to learn how to build career development into your graduate school journey. Learn how to translate your grad school skills into the language of nonprofits, government, and industry. Learn how to find hidden jobs, how to beat 1000-to-1 odds to win interviews and offers, how to create a network from scratch (that’s right, you don’t need to know anybody in advance), and perhaps most important of all, how to negotiate salary.
Clear your calendar and show up ready! Get out of school and research work, family obligations, evening plans, and distractions to focus on this once-in-your-career opportunity to learn the skills and strategies needed to take control of your job prospects. 4 hours now translates to success later. See you there!
Dr. Donald Asher is an internationally recognized author and speaker on the topics of careers and higher education. In America, Asher has been called a career guru. Asher works with MBA and graduate programs nationwide, with an emphasis on PhD, postdoc, and graduate student career success. He wrote the salary negotiation course for Cheeky Scientist, Inc. He was the content architect for Elites Optimization Services (EOS), providing career development to Olympic athletes. His career books include Who Gets Promoted (named career management book of the year; when you register your accepted job offer at Columbia Business School, they hand you this book) and the ground-breaking Cracking the Hidden Job Market. He has also written The Overnight Resume, How to Get Any Job, and Asher’s Bible of Executive Resumes (the largest compendium of executive resumes ever published). He wrote the best-selling guide to getting into graduate school, Graduate Admissions Essays, and a college guide, Cool Colleges. He is the author of twelve books in all, available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Arabic, and Portuguese. Asher was named a “Career Mastermind” by the award-winning web portal QuintCareers. He was named the first-ever Career Guru-in-Residence at Tulane University. He has been an education columnist for MSN, a contributing writer for the Wall Street Journal’s CareerJournal.comand CollegeJournal.com, college.monster.com, monster.com, careerbuilder.com, wetfeet.com, jobstar.org, Dow Jones’ Managing Your Career Magazine and National Business Employment Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the NACE Journal. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, New York Times, USAToday, Boston Globe, The Globe and Mail (Canada), The Guardian (UK), salary.com, USNews & World Report, Forbes, Fortune, Money Magazine, Men’s Health, and many, many other publications. Asher earned the PhD in human development from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, and holds the master’s in human and organization systems from Fielding, the master of human resources and organization development from the University of San Francisco, and the bachelor of arts in philosophy-religion from Reed College. He is a featured speaker over 150 times per year, including recent lecture tours in Canada, Mexico, India, China, South Korea, Morocco, Ireland, and Germany, where he spoke about international career trends and the borderless career. Asher lives in Northern Nevada—and in American Airlines seat 3-A.
Please note: Dinner will be served beginning at 4pm. If you register for this workshop, you are expected to attend; please plan accordingly.
Failure to show up for events for which you’ve registered is unprofessional and a waste of resources. We reserve the right to prohibit future participation at Graduate School workshops to students who register for spots and fail to appear.