Professional Advancement Career Training (PACT) Initiative
Graduate Students and Postdocs in Entomology: Are you looking for tools and training to make yourself stand out as you look for the next step in your career?
ESA’s new Professional Advancement Career Training (PACT) Initiative will help you develop the leadership capacity and “soft skills” sought after in today’s highly collaborative work environments—both within and beyond academia.
Join us in 2021 for a six-month program that will guide you in identifying your current areas of strength and opportunities for growth. Each month of the program will focus on a unique theme in leadership and soft-skill development. PACT activities will include
- 360-degree personal evaluation
- a monthly webinar
- a monthly call with a paired mentor using the MentorCity platform
- a monthly, guided group discussion with peers
- networking event for in-person attendees at ESA annual meeting in Denver.
Applications open April 1! The deadline for submissions is May 23.
Eligibility: The PACT Initiative competitive application program is available this year to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the U.S. who are ESA members in good standing.
Other professional development content will continually be available throughout the year through ESA.
- CV (5-page max)
- Letter of personal interest in participating (500-word max) that outlines applicant's
- personal and professional qualifications based on current career stage
- professional goals following academic training,
- unique contributions the applicant brings to the PACT community,
- and what the applicant hopes to get out of the PACT experience.
- Letter from advisor/supervisor indicating their support for applicant's participation
- Mandatory attendance for webinars, group discussions, and mentoring meeting (3 hours per month)
- Additional preparatory reading materials (1 hour per month)
Cost: participation for individuals selected through the application process is $100
More details will follow, so keep an eye on this space. Or, to request program updates to your inbox, email ESA Director of Strategic Initiatives Erin Cadwalader, Ph.D.
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