Workshop Title: Get to work! – The Careers Toolbox for Physics Students
Abstract: On average, 40% of all physics majors opt to enter the workforce after graduation, but the default focus of many departments is on preparing students for grad school. AIP undertook an NSF-funded research effort to understand, compile and disseminate effective practices for preparing undergraduate physics students to enter the STEM workforce upon graduation. The project entailed site visits to eight schools with strong records of students entering STEM fields and examination of widely available and generalized career resources. We have identified a set of curricular and extracurricular common features that may improve efforts to recruit and retain students and transition students into the workforce and developed a robust set of insightful resources for students. In this workshop students (and mentors) will work through a set of custom tailored career tools, including networking techniques, interviewing and job hunting techniques with the heart of the work focused on a careful assessment of knowledge and skills and developing an effective, skills-based resume.