It’s time to stop calling career conversations between a PI and a PhD/postdocs ‘difficult conversations’ and start calling them what they are: “negotiations”
We’re launching a new series teaching biomedical trainees how to navigate professional challenges, decisions and power dynamics during their training.
For many students and postdocs facing difficulty in their training, they look back and realize it all started with choosing the wrong thesis lab. So we’re teaching Ph.D. students how to recognize their right thesis lab and how to avoid the wrong ones.
Ph.D. students & postdocs discuss sensitive issues with career counseling appointments. But what level of confidentiality can university career and professional development staff offer? Quite a lot actually, and that’s an important factor in building trust.
When you spend a lot of time telling students and postdocs that it’s important to find work and workplaces that align with your values and are healthy, you’re met with a lot of skepticism that such places even exist.
Recently, a couple of members of our team commented on how several of our graduate students and postdocs are still reluctant to ask their questions at employer information sessions, departmental orientations and workshops.