MEMS Professional Development Seminar

Oct 19, 2017
2:45 p.m.
3:45 p.m.
Brauer Hall, Room 12

Career Exploration: Identify Your Skills, Interests, and Values

The first step of career exploration is identifying the types of tasks you are good at and enjoy doing, and the types of work environments in which you thrive. Dr. Michelle Repice and Dr. Thi Nguyen will introduce you to the process of reflecting on, identifying, and prioritizing your skills, interests and values as it relates to finding a career that fits you. They will discuss how to reconcile discrepancies in careers of interest (a common ex: I really enjoy teaching and also enjoy making a high figure salary) and how to outline and prioritize your career exploration plans.


Dr. Thi Nguyen is associate dean for graduate career and professional development in the Graduate School. Thi develops and leads professional and career development initiatives to promote career readiness for graduate students across academic and nonacademic job markets. She is principal investigator on two grants aimed at creating innovative training programs and resources for those with PhDs. One novel course, Strategy4Scientists, uses videos and podcasts to teach basic business concepts to life scientists. Previously, Thi had been a PhD career consultant and a program director for the Office of Career and Professional Development at the University of California, San Francisco. Thi has a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Dr. Michelle Repice is Assistant Director of Graduate Career Development at the Career Center, where she leads professional and career development initiatives for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. She advises graduate students on career exploration and the development of career decision-making skills across academic and nonacademic job markets. She will also be busy developing new programming, especially geared toward assisting PhD students with post-graduate job placements. She transitioned to this new role after six years at Washington University's Teaching Center, where she served as Assistant Director of Academic Services. Michelle earned her PhD in History from Washington University in St. Louis.