Scientists do not operate in a vacuum; they need to interface with other scientists and the wider society. This interfacing requires a broad set of professional skills such as self-reflection and writing, and networking and presentation skills. Importantly, many scientists operate in an diverse professional environment, so being able to navigate this diversity effectively is essential. Of course the students in the Caliper network will receive some of this training from their academic mentors. However, the Caliper network also provides the students with training in these skills from an international team of three coaches and trainers. The trainers call France, Spain and USA home. More information on the trainers can be found below.
ABG is a non-profit organization with an experience of 40 years in PhD career development and recruitment, especially by fostering their intersectoral mobility and by promoting their skills (www.mydocpro.org) as well as their added value for companies. As a unique organization in Europe involved in different EU-projects (COFUND, ITN, Interreg), it connects research labs, companies and PhDs (job board and CV-database). ABG is also an active member of the Euraxess network.
Amani Said is on a mission to empower PhD students and young research in launching their dream careers and leveraging their PhD to make a real impact.
She completed her PhD studies in Developmental Biology at the Max-Planck Institute in Dresden, Germany. Today, she is applying 16 years of experience as a scientist and educator to train, coach and empower scientists in achieving their career goals.
Having been in the shoes of a PhD student, she has has designed an online career coaching program specifically designed to support students and postdocs to make a successful career transition. As a result of taking the program scientists create a strong professional identity, gain clarity about their skills, values, goals and which career path is ideal for them. As well as learning all the necessary career development tools, such as networking, communication and job search strategies to launch a dream career.
Heidi Scott Giusto, Ph.D. delights in helping job seekers successfully navigate career change. She owns and operates Career Path Writing Solutions, a communications consulting firm that she launched in 2013 shortly after graduating from Duke University with her PhD in History. Heidi holds certifications in resume writing, interview preparation, and empowerment coaching and sits on the Certification Committee of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches. A frequent speaker and workshop facilitator, she is also Adjunct Professor of Professional Development at North Carolina State University in the United States.
Heidi understands first-hand the uncertainties that accompany a career transition. For a dozen years, she worked to become a history professor, but halfway through her doctoral training, she realized she wanted something different: rather than write history, she wanted to help people create their own, forging their careers. Whether working individually with clients, teaching a cohort of students, or delivering a single workshop or presentation to busy working professionals, she approaches everything she does from the perspective of an educator who is thoroughly committed to helping people in two of the most important areas of life: their careers and financial security. She’s forged her own path and is honored to help others do the same.