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  1. Preparing for successin your new job Beth Fischer & Michael Zigmond The Survival Skills and Ethics Program 412/624-7098 survival+@pitt.edu www.pitt.edu/~survival

  2. Preparing for successin your new job

  3. Preparing for successin your new job • the key variables • determining the rules • finding & using mentors • how you will be evaluated • establishing a plan

  4. Preparing for successin your new job • the key variables • determining the rules • finding & using mentors • how you will be evaluated • establishing a plan

  5. The key variables • research and scholarship • teaching and mentoring • service and citizenship

  6. university college industry research & scholarship 75-80% 0-40% 85-90% teaching & mentoring 15-20% 50-90% 5-10% service & citizenship 5-10% 10-20% 10-20% Relative importance of key variables

  7. The key variables • research and scholarship • teaching and mentoring • service and citizenship

  8. Starting a research program

  9. Starting a research program • pick questions with care • make it very interesting • to you • to the field • to the community • to funding sources

  10. Starting a research program • pick questions with care • make it very interesting • frame questions as hypotheses

  11. Starting a research program • pick questions with care • make it very interesting • frame questions as hypotheses • have a “secret weapon”

  12. Starting a research program • pick questions with care • make it very interesting • frame questions as hypotheses • have a “secret weapon”* • knowledge • technique • equipment • effort *Courtesy of Dr. Herbert Simon

  13. Starting a research program • pick questions with care • make it very interesting • frame questions as hypotheses • have a “secret weapon” • have more than one project

  14. Starting a research program • pick questions with care • make it very interesting • frame questions as hypotheses • have a “secret weapon” • have more than one project • be realistic • availability of funds • timeline • for promotion • for grant renewal

  15. Starting a research program • pick questions with care • get money • internal vs. external • salary vs. research

  16. Starting a research program • pick questions with care • get money • get help • staff • students • colleagues

  17. Starting a research program • pick questions with care • get money • get help • work very hard

  18. Starting a research program • pick questions well • get money • get help • work very hard • report your findings The research is not complete until the results have been published. – Robert Day

  19. Starting a research program • pick questions well • get money • get help • work very hard • report your findings • Evaluating a CV • number of papers • rate of publication • quality of journals • length of papers • position in list of authors • focus

  20. Starting a research program • pick questions well • get money • get help • work very hard • report your findings • Evaluating a CV • number of papers • rate of publication • quality of journals • length of papers • position in list of authors • focus

  21. Starting a research program • pick questions well • get money • get help • work very hard • report your findings • Evaluating a CV • number of papers • rate of publication • quality of journals • length of papers • position in list of authors • focus

  22. University long-term plan essential must show independence; collaborations valued students a plus best if area of research of interest to dept. must bring in grant $$ Industry must remain flexible team-work essential essential students of minor import research must be key to company success Evaluation of research:cultural differences

  23. University long-term plan essential must show independence; collaborations valued students a plus best if area of research of interest to dept. must bring in grant $$ Industry must remain flexible team-work essential essential students of minor import research must be key to company success Evaluation of research:cultural differences

  24. The key variables • research and scholarship • teaching and mentoring • service and citizenship

  25. classroom teaching mentoring Teaching and mentoring

  26. The key variables • research and scholarship • teaching and mentoring • service and citizenship

  27. Service and citizenship

  28. Service and citizenship • attend departmental events

  29. Service and citizenship • attend departmental events • serve serve on some committees • accept committee assignments • avoid being over-committeed

  30. Service and citizenship • attend departmental events • serve serve on some committees • accept committee assignments • avoid being over-committeed Danger!

  31. Service and citizenship • attend departmental events • serve serve on some committees • accept committee assignments • avoid being over-committeed high risk groups minorities women

  32. The key variables • research and scholarship • teaching and mentoring • service and citizenship

  33. The key variables • research and scholarship • teaching and mentoring • service and citizenship • collegiality

  34. Collegiality:the hidden variable

  35. Collegiality:the hidden variable • faculty/staff positions scarce

  36. Collegiality:the hidden variable • faculty/staff positions scarce • colleagues key to job satisfaction

  37. Collegiality:the hidden variable • faculty/staff positions scarce • colleagues key to job satisfaction • key variable: value to community

  38. Collegiality:how can you be valuable? • increase visibility of your department

  39. Collegiality:how can you be valuable? • increase visibility of your department • bring in funding (including IDCs)

  40. Collegiality:how can you be valuable? • increase visibility of your department • bring in funding (including IDCs) • contribute to department responsibilities

  41. Collegiality:how can you be valuable? • increase visibility of your department • bring in funding (including IDCs) • contribute to department responsibilities • be collegial

  42. Collegiality:how can you be valuable? • increase visibility of your department • bring in funding (including IDCs) • contribute to department responsibilities • be collegial • listen and provide feedback

  43. Collegiality:how can you be valuable? • increase visibility of your department • bring in funding (including IDCs) • contribute to department responsibilities • be collegial • listen and provide feedback • offer professional expertise

  44. Collegiality:how can you be valuable? • increase visibility of your department • bring in funding (including IDCs) • contribute to department responsibilities • be collegial • listen and provide feedback • offer professional expertise • be of good cheer!

  45. Preparing for successin your new job • the key variables • determining the rules • finding & using mentors • how you will be evaluated • establishing a plan

  46. The rules about rules Rule #1: Some of what is written down is important; some is not.

  47. The rules about rules Rule #1: Some of what is written down is important; some is not. Rule #2: Some what is important is written down; some is not.

  48. The rules about rules Rule #1: Some of what is written down is important; some is not. Rule #2: Some what is important is written down; some is not. A key to success: Find out what reallyis important.

  49. Preparing for successin your new job • the key variables • determining the rules • finding & using mentors • how you will be evaluated • establishing a plan

  50. Finding & using mentors • select advisors • chair/supervisor • departmental mentors • extra-departmental advisors • meet regularly • provide update • ask for feedback • listen