Marketing Yourself

2019 Trainee Symposium
"Marketing Yourself for a Successful Career"
(Sponsored by the Trainee Advisory Committee)


Date: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday during Experimental Biology 2019

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 AM, each day

Location: Orlando Convention Center, Room W311B



Ijeoma Obi, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Miguel Zarate, Ph.D.
, University of Colorado School of Medicine


Symposium Abstract:

Having a successful career in both academic and non-academic environment requires constant and deliberate marketing of one’s self in order to get the desired job and to keep it. In a world that is highly competitive, it is extremely important that trainees begin early in their career to cultivate the skills needed to stand out as a competitive job applicant or a competitive candidate for promotion in the future. Aside from having excellent communication skills in scientific writing, there are other numerous career development abilities that are vital for continued success. These include taking on leadership positions within and outside of the laboratory environment, project and time management skills, building scientific network locally and nationally, and engaging in service and mentoring opportunities. To ensure that trainees are well prepared for a successful career in the future, the Trainee Advisory Committee (TAC) have invited experienced speakers to address three major areas of career development over the course of three days. The three areas are:

  1. How to Build Marketable Skills,
  2. How to Market yourself on Paper,
  3. and 3) How to Market yourself through Networking.
Each speaker will give a 45 minutes presentation followed by a 15 minutes question and answer session. At the end of the symposium, trainees will have gained an understanding of how to develop the skills that are necessary to successfully market themselves for their desired job in any scientific setting.


Presentations and Speakers


  • Sunday, April 7, 2019
    Merry Lindsey, University of Nebraska Medical Center
    How to Build Marketable Skills
  • Monday, April 8, 2019
    Niclas Lindqvist, Svensk Medicin AB
    Career Development Opportunities Outside the Academia – And How to Get There
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019
    Melissa Bates, University of Iowa
    Capitalizing on Social Networks to Build a Successful Career