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Making the Most out of a Conference, Networking Strategically & Work/Life Balance

On November 16 and 17, 2010, Science Careers held three workshops at the AAPS Meeting in New Orleans, LA: Making the Most out of a Conference, Networking Strategically, and Work/Life Balance.

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Making the Most out of a Conference

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Work/Life Balance

Event Summary

Making the Most out of a Conference

Do you know how to get the most out of a conference? Not only is it important to learn about others research projects, but you should be using conferences as a place to build your network and learn about resources that can help to advance your career. This talk covered many aspects of going to a conference from submitting an abstract to poster presentations to networking and exhibit halls.

Networking Strategically

This talk helped participants to find ways to make networking work for them. Being strategic about meeting people can make networking easier. We discussed the myths and realities surrounding networking and different strategies for networking including: informational interviewing, attending conferences, participation in professional societies, and social networking websites. We also talked about some of the nuts and bolts of networking including: proper etiquette, business cards, elevator pitches, and following up with contacts.

Work/Life Balance

Most scientists seem to wish that they had better work/life balance. This talk offered some practical tips to help you find better balance. It covered why balance is a problem for scientists, family-friendly workplaces, ways to better communicate with your family and manage life at home, and plenty of time management tips.

Questions? E-mail outreach@sciencecareers.org

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