Visible to the public Career Game-Changers: Strategic Avenues to Landing the Right Job and Finding Success in Engineering and Science

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6:00-8:00pm, Sunday 21 April (Includes dinner)
Organized by Alaina G. Levine, President, Quantum Success Solutions
Target audience:
Graduate students, postdocs, recent graduates

Specifically targeted towards early career professionals, graduate students, and postdocs, this workshop will focus on the current and expanding crisis in the job and career market for engineers and scientists, and how early-career engineers and scientists can best prepare for this challenge. We will specifically address career planning strategies for international scholars, and touch on opportunities both in and outside of academia. Topics can include:

  • How to access and assess “hidden” career and job opportunities;
  • How to develop a networking strategy that delivers real results
  • How to orchestrate a personal career plan and develop a Plan B and Plan C for contingencies;
  • What early-career engineers and scientists should do now to enhance your CVs/resumes and research reputations;
  • What traditional and non-traditional career opportunities are available;
  • The biggest mistakes early career engineers and scientists can make and how to avoid them


$50 for Conference attendees, $150 for non-conference attendees. Fee includes dinner.

About the speaker:

Alaina G. Levine is a Contributor to National Geographic, science journalist, professional speaker, corporate comedian, and science and engineering careers consultant. Her new book on networking strategies for scientists and engineers will be published by Wiley in 2013/14. As President of Quantum Success Solutions, a career consulting enterprise with a focus on advancing the professional development expertise of scientists and engineers, she has been advising emerging and established scientists and engineers about their careers for over a decade, and has consulted with tens of thousands of early- and mid-career scientific professionals. The author of over 100 articles pertaining to science, science careers and business in such publications as Science, Nature, Scientific American Online, IEEE Spectrum, New Scientist, COSMOS, and Smithsonian, she was recently named a Contributor to National Geographic, where she writes articles and blogs for NatGeo News Watch. Levine also pens the Profiles in Versatility career column for the American Physical Society's national publication, APS News.
Previously, Levine directed the Professional Science Master's programs in science and business and taught entrepreneurship to science and engineering graduate students at the University of Arizona. She has given over 500 workshops and seminars around the country and in Europe. Levine holds degrees in mathematics and anthropology from the University of Arizona, studied abroad at the American University in Cairo as a DoD National Security Education Program/Boren Fellow, and pursued grant-funded research in cosmology and mathematics history. Recently, she was honored as a Logan Science Journalism Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Robert Bosch Stiftung Science Journalism Fellow and an Institutes for Journalism & Natural Resources Fellow. In June 2012, she traveled to Lindau, Germany on a travel grant from the National Association of Science Writers to attend the Lindau (Physics) Nobel Laureates Meeting, where she broke the Higgs news for National Geographic. She is also an award-winning entrepreneur, and was named Tucson Leader of the Year, an honor previously bestowed upon former US Surgeon General Richard Carmona, and a Tucson 40 Under 40 Leader, an award also bestowed upon former US Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Read her complete bio at